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LIBERAL STUDIES

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

About our Liberal Studies
Associate Degree

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 this give you a better sense of where you want your journey to go, but the program 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. Once you figure out where you want your future to be, SMCC encourages you to choose elective courses in a discipline that you can transfer into at the baccalaureate level.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Areas of Focus

Select one of the following to see detailed information about that focus:

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Administrative Manager
  • Advertising Representative
  • Events Director
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher Aide
  • Technical Writer

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time

62-credit-hours-4-fulltime-semesters

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.

Interested in viewing full program and course details?

Are you a current student?

Be sure to view the degree program requirements for your specific program. Log into MySMCC and click My Maine Guide, MyDegree to learn more.

Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Ready to apply?

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or admissions@smccME.edu 

A three-credit class averages

LESS THAN
$400

Full-time tuition & fees

$3,880
PER YEAR

*Additional program costs may apply.

3 CAMPUSES

South Portland, Brunswick & Online