Liberal Arts provides a broad education that can be used in many different careers programs of study. Liberal arts studies include English, Communication, Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Science, and Physical Education. Elementary school teachers often major in liberal arts. Some additional career options to consider existing in advertising, business, health administration, human resources management, politics, education, government, computers, writing, and editing. For additional information on Teacher Preparation, please see the Teacher Preparation guide, available online at smc.edu/articulation and in the Transfer/Counseling Center.

For additional career possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on the main campus to utilize computerized career information systems and other valuable career resources.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts Degree - Liberal Arts - Social & Behavioral Science Associate in Arts Degree icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

A program that focuses on the combined study of the social and behavioral sciences as distinguished from the arts and humanities, with an emphasis on economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. This major provides a broad education that can be used in a variety of careers including teaching.

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Associate in Arts Degree - Liberal Arts - Arts & Humanities Associate in Arts Degree icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

A program that focuses on combined studies in art and humanities as distinguished from the social and behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on languages, literature, art, music, philosophy, and religion. This major provides a broad education that can be used in a variety of careers including teaching. If you require any additional information on Teacher Preparation please see the Teacher Preparation guide found in the Transfer/Counseling Center or at www.smc.edu/articulation. For additional career possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on the main campus to utilize computerized career information systems and other valuable career resources.

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Transfer Preparation

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete the lower-division major requirements and the general education pattern for the specific transfer institution. SMC has articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as several private and out-of-state institutions.