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Being Analytical is Critical

Maybe you’ve heard that Liberal Arts degrees are impractical. Don’t believe it. Learn to think critically and communicate effectively – those skills can boost any career trajectory.

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Yes, Liberal Arts Degrees Are in Demand

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” – Emily Dickinson

NOVA’s Liberal Arts, Languages and Social Sciences programs prepare students to exchange ideas and become deep thinkers. Your education is too important to be spent memorizing facts and figures. By studying communication, writing, language arts, and society, you can engage with others and challenge the status quo.

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  • Liberal Arts, Languages and Social Sciences is designed for transfer to four-year colleges with Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs.

  • The diversity of programs offers students an enriched knowledge of humanities while teaching students how to think and communicate.

Careers for Well-Rounded Learners

What’s the best thing about a degree in Liberal Arts? Flexibility. You can take these “soft skills” to nearly any business or industry.

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  • Community Interpreter

    Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.

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  • Social and Human Service Assistant

    Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work.

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Discover Your Passion

NOVA gives you the opportunity to experience a mixture of disciplines within Liberal Arts. Take your time and figure out what you want your specialty to be.

Social Sciences, A.S.

What could be more important than the study of human society, and the relationships of individuals within society?

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Liberal Arts, A.A.

More and more hiring managers want employees who understand critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication.

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  • American Sign Language (ASL), C.S.C.

    This program prepares students to communicate proficiently in American Sign Language, including both expressive and receptive skills.

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  • American Sign Language to English Interpretation, A.A.S.

    Designed for students who have limited, if any, previous experience with interpreting for Deaf people, this degree program provides the comprehensive training in theory and practical interpreting skills necessary for employment as an educational or community interpreter.

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  • General Education, Certificate

    This program provides a solid foundation in the VCCS and NOVA general education core competency areas.

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  • General Studies, A.S.

    This program is a flexible associate degree. For students who plan to transfer, the degree can parallel the first two years of a four-year bachelor of science program if they choose courses that match the transfer institution's requirements.

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  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), C.S.C.

    This program is designed to help students develop both the theoretical knowledge and a practical facility with GIS.

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  • Liberal Arts, A.A.

    The Associate of Arts degree major in Liberal Arts is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.).

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  • Liberal Arts: Art History Specialization, A.A.

    This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university for a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

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  • Liberal Arts: Communication Studies Specialization, A.A.

    This program is designed for students who wish to study speech communication at the college level or who wish to transfer to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree.

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  • Liberal Arts: English Specialization, A.A.

    This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in English, Creative Writing or Writing and/or Rhetoric as an entry-level professional writer.

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  • Liberal Arts: International Studies Specialization, A.A.

    The Liberal Arts A.A. degree with a specialization in International Studies is designed to prepare students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree program in International Studies.

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  • Liberal Arts: Theatre, C.S.C.

    This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking to further develop skills in acting, directing, arts management, technical theatre, and theatre scholarship.

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  • Professional Writing, Certificate

    The Professional Writing Certificate program prepares candidates to compose documents and manage professional communications for a variety of contemporary professions, including business, military, medicine, government, science, and industry.

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  • Public History and Historic Preservation, C.S.C.

    This curriculum is designed for persons seeking to develop research, analytical, and field skills in historic preservation, archaeology, and museum studies sufficient for the student to continue or to participate in local community-based projects.

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  • Social Sciences, A.S.

    This program is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor of science in one of the social sciences. It also prepares students for some teacher certification programs.

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  • Social Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.

    This program is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor of science in a program that requires a background in American Sign Language and the Deaf community.

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We know you like to think critically. So do we. Contact an advisor now to plan your future.

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