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About our Liberal Studies
Associate Degree: English Focus

Do you have a story inside you, dying to get out? Are you hoping to help others tell their own tales? Or do you want to fully understand the novels, short stories, plays and poetry written by the likes of Anton Chekhov, Junot Diaz, Kim Addonizio, Jack Kerouac, Zora Neale Hurston and Annie Baker? Through an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in English, we will start you on your path to a four-year degree at a baccalaureate institution. Where you wind up is entirely up to you – a career in journalism, working as an English teacher, writing your own books or poetry or any other myriad opportunities.

The program prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in education or liberal arts and is built on a foundation of general education classes, supplemented with elective courses that focus heavily on relevant coursework with some specialization in the area of English.

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.

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.

What opportunities does this program provide?

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

  • Author
  • Communications Specialist
  • Content Marketing Manager
  • Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Teacher
  • 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


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.

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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 in which you can continue your education.


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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Contact Us:

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

Department Chair: Kevin Sweeney, 207-741-5558 or ksweeney@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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