Oct 19 2019 12:21:03

Liberal Arts Associate Degree

A Liberal Arts Education at NECC Will Teach You Essential Skills

If you have the creativity to solve challenging problems and communicate clearly, you can save thousands of dollars on the cost of a bachelor’s degree and receive a liberal arts education that will provide you with a range of skills that will serve you well in a variety of career settings.

Why Choose NECC?

By earning an Associates in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts at NECC, you will gain solid skills in critical reading, critical thinking, research, and communications, and prepare for a career in a wide range of fields, including education, law, business, human/social services, and more. With this program, you can:

Because of NECC

Mass Transfer - links goes to the Mass Department of Ed Mass Transfer website

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree and pursue many career paths. Employers increasingly seek workers who possess the critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills you will learn. You can:

  • Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements to earn your bachelor’s degree, while saving thousands of dollars on the cost of your degree
  • Prepare for a career in fields such as education, law, business, human and social services, and more.


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I always encourage my friends to enroll at Northern Essex. I tell them it gives you the building blocks to build a foundation to help you reach your goals. If I hadn’t attended NECC I wouldn’t have attended a four-year college.”

Lizmarie Peralta, Liberal Arts


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Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes


Program Outcomes



The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts is designed to prepare students for future matriculation at the Bachelor Degree level or for career pathways at the Associate Degree level. It provides students with an education whereby they are informed, knowledgeable, and responsible members of society who can develop the ability to think critically and actively participate in an ever-changing world. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, students learn to become effective communicators who can analyze information from a broad array of subjects in the liberal arts. Students in the Liberal Arts Associate Degree program have the opportunity to become well-rounded, civic minded, socially responsible, and service oriented graduates.



The program assists students in the development of:

  1. Knowledge concerning the broad aspects and interconnectedness of the Liberal Arts attained through a multi-disciplinary approach. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Describe the major concepts and theories studied in the broad array of liberal arts courses.
    2. Articulate the relationships among the various liberal arts courses and discuss multiple perspectives afforded by the various disciplines.
    3. Articulate and employ the benefits of liberal arts as they apply to civic engagement, careers, and service.
  2. Written communication skills. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate consideration of context, purpose, and audience.
    2. Use appropriate, relevant, and compelling context for content development to explore ideas throughout an assignment.
    3. Demonstrate consistent use in writing, stylistic elements, organization, and genre.
    4. Demonstrate skillful use of sources and evidence.
    5. Use appropriate language, convey meaning, and control syntax and mechanics.
  3. Oral communication skills. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Present organized, sequential material clearly and cohesively.
    2. Make language choices that are thoughtful and creative.
    3. Use delivery techniques that are compelling and polished.
    4. Present a central message that is clear, consistent, memorable, and supported.
  4. Information literacy skills. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Effectively determine the extent of information needed.
    2. Access information using effective search strategies.
    3. Critically analyze and evaluate information and its sources.
    4. Use information effectively to accomplish specific purposes.
    5. Access and use information ethically and legally.
  5. Quantitative reasoning skills. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Interpret and explain information in mathematical forms (graphs, diagrams, equations, words, tables).
    2. Convert relevant information into various mathematical forms (graphs, diagrams, equations, words, tables).
    3. Perform calculations sufficiently to solve problems.
    4. Make judgments based on quantitative analysis.
    5. Make and evaluate quantitative assumptions.
    6. Effectively communicate quantitative information in relation to argument or purpose of work.
  6. Global awareness skills. The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Articulate cultural self-awareness and biases.
    2. Demonstrate awareness of complexity of world-wide cultural frameworks.
    3. Demonstrate awareness of global interdependence.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of similarities and differences for global comparative analysis.
    5. Demonstrate awareness of global views from non-U.S. perspective.
    6. Display curiosity and openness regarding complex global questions.
  7. Science and technology skills: The graduating student will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental science and technology concepts.
    2. Perform evaluation of science and technology research.
    3. Apply prior knowledge to science and technology to develop new understanding and synthesis.
    4. Identify reliable sources of information for science and technology purposes.
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