Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

Division of Humanities — Curriculum Code: 0199

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree


Why major in Liberal Arts?

This program provides a broad foundation in languages and literature, the social sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Teaching, law, publishing, government service, and business are only a few of the many possibilities open to Liberal Arts majors; indeed, many employers like to hire Liberal Arts graduates for having received a solid and comprehensive education – in effect a well-rounded education in the classical sense. The program is also recommended to students without a definite vocational goal who wish to explore opportunities offered by many fields before deciding upon a career.

If I major in Liberal Arts, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts prepares you to transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. You may be able to take advantage of our articulation agreements with a large number of New Jersey or metropolitan-area colleges and universities.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test sccores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3319/3320.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Apply the principles of effective rhetoric and critical thinking in oral presentations and writing assignments;
  • Utilize the library, the internet, and other electronic sources to prepare research projects that follow Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for source documentation;
  • Apply critical and analytical analysis techniques to literary works and visual art works and/or musical pieces of various periods, styles, and genres;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical events and the fundamental concepts and theories of analysis used in historical interpretation; and
  • Compare and analyze diverse cultures throughout history.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 – HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)


(12 credits)

Humanities electives – choose any two courses designated ARB, ART, CIN, CMS, DAN, DRA, ENG, FRN, HST, JRN, ITL, MUS, NMT, PHI, or SPN (two 3-credit courses)

Social Science elective – choose any course designated ANT, CJI, EDU, POL, PSY, REL, or SOC (one 3-credit course)

Humanities or Social Science elective – choose any course designated ANT, ARB, ART, CIN, CJI, CMS, DAN, DRA, EDU, ENG, FRN, HST, JRN, ITL, MUS, NMT, PHI, POL, PSY, REL, SOC or SPN (one 3-credit course)



(6 credits)

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)


Total Credits Required for Degree: 63




First Semester
ENG 101  College Composition I (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102  College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109  Effective Speech (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Humanities elective (3 credits)
Humanities elective (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Humanities OR Social Science elective (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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