Earn a Full Liberal Studies Degree Online

About This Program

It’s a big world out there and your opportunities are unlimited. That’s good – and challenging. You know you need a college education to get ahead, but you’re not exactly sure which path you want to take.

That’s where SMCC’s Liberal Studies program comes in. Through it, we give you exposure to numerous disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to try out different fields, from history to education, psychology to social work and many other areas.

Not only does the program give you a better sense of where you want your journey to go, but it is also designed to ease the transfer to four-year colleges and universities – so you have your core general education and elective courses nailed down before you transfer.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Liberal Studies online Associate in Arts degree requires a mix of general education and liberal arts courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution.

Students are advised to consult with their transfer institution of interest to determine which SMCC courses will transfer and meet future requirements. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Communications
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

Interested in seeing some of the current major-specific courses currently being offered as a part of this degree program? View the current course listings.

Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Liberal Studies Online Eligibility

To be accepted into the Liberal Studies online program, you will need to place into college-level Math and English based on your test scores provided during the application process.

SMCC can offer online courses only in states that participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). To see if your state participates in SARA, visit the National Council for SARA website.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation