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NOVA’s Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts

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Liberal Arts, A.A.

More and more hiring managers want employees who understand critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication. Those “soft skills” lead to lucrative careers in Management, Marketing, Research, and more. Pursue a degree in Liberal Arts to develop these soft skills that employers are looking for.

NOVA’s A.A. in Liberal Arts prepares students with a broad range of skills and knowledge. The program can be customized with electives including writing, language, science, and art. NOVA’s well-rounded graduates work throughout Greater DC and beyond.

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  • The A.A. in Liberal Arts transfers easily to four-year schools with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program.

  • Upon completion, students in the Liberal Arts program must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Online Learning (ELI)
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
  • Transfer Information

    Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    1CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    Choose One
    101  World Language or ASL 3 - 5
    2 General Education Elective
    3MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    Total 13-16
    2nd Semester
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    Choose One
    102  World Language or ASL 3 - 5
    2 General Education Elective
    3MTH 245 Statistics I 3
    Total 13-15
    3rd Semester
     5ENG 2XX  Literature Elective 3
    Choose One
    2 201  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
    6HIS   Elective
    4   Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    7   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16-17
    4th Semester
    Choose One
    2 202  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
     8   Open Electives
    9HIS   Elective 3
    10   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
     7   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 15-18
    Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-63
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    1CST
    110
    3
    ENG
    111
    3
    Choose One
    101  World Language or ASL
    3 - 5
    General Education Elective
    2
    3MTH
    154
    3
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    SDV
    101
    Total 13-16
    2nd Semester
    ENG
    112
    3
    Choose One
    102  World Language or ASL
    3 - 5
    General Education Elective
    2
    3MTH
    245
    3
    Total 13-15
    3rd Semester
    2XX  Literature Elective
     5ENG
    3
    Choose One
    201  World Language or ASL
    2
    3 - 4
      Elective
    6HIS
      Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    4
    4
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    7
    3
    Total 16-17
    4th Semester
    Choose One
    202  World Language or ASL
    2
    3 - 4
      Open Electives
     8
      Elective
    9HIS
    3
      Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    10
    3
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
     7
    3
    Total 15-18
    Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-63

    1 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

    2 Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students who place directly into intermediate level foreign language or ASL may take any General Education course to meet the required number of credits. Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages. See the 'World Language Credit and Waiver' section of the [Credit for Prior Learning Manual]. Students must take sufficient General Education Elective courses so that they can apply at least 60 credits toward the Liberal Arts degree.

    3 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer requirements. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

    4 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

    5 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement. 

    6 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives. 

    7 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

    8 Consult an advisor or appropriate transfer pathways for assistance in selecting open electives that will meet the requirements of the transfer institution. In many cases,  open electives should be selected from the approved courses listed under General Education Electives. Only 3 credits of open electives are needed if selected World Languages total more than 15 credits. Students planning to transfer to selected Public History and Historic Preservation program should take HIS 180 and HIS 181. 

    Approved HIS course: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 203, HIS 231, HIS 232, HIS 251, HIS 253, or HIS 254. Transfer to selected universities with a major in Public History and Historic Preservation should take HIS 183 or HIS 187. 

    10 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

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