Academic Catalog

Liberal Arts, Associate in Arts (LA)

Effective: Fall 2021

The Liberal Arts curriculum provides the core liberal arts component of most bachelor’s degree programs and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. The interdisciplinary curriculum is well-suited for students who are either undecided about their major or who are seeking a broad, general education before narrowing the focus of their course of study. After completing this program, students will be well-positioned to pursue any number of different Bachelor of Arts programs at four-year institutions. Since curriculum requirements of other institutions vary, students should meet with a transfer advisor at DCCC to obtain information concerning entrance requirements for the specific school and program in which they are interested.

  • Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations.
  • Demonstrate quantitative and scientific reasoning when investigating and solving abstract and material problems.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.
  • Critically engage with aesthetic expressions of human experience.
  • Analyze and reflect on human behavior from theoretical and empirical perspectives.

The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
COMM 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Public Speaking
Any transferable Global Understanding designated History (HIS) course 3
Any transferable Information Technology designated Computing (DPR) course 3
Any transferable Quantitative Reasoning designated (MAT) course 1 3-4
Second Semester
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
PSY 140
General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Political Science  
American National Government  
American State and Local Government  
World Affairs  
Macroeconomic Principles  
Microeconomic Principles  
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated Science course 4
Humanities Elective 3
Third Semester
MAT/Natural Science Elective 3-4
Humanities Elective - Foreign Language Recommended 3
Any transferable Diversity and Social Justice designated course 2 3
Select one of the following Humanities Electives: 3
Art from the Ancient Worlds through the Middle Ages  
Art from the Renaissance through Contemporary Times  
Art From Africa, Asia and Beyond  
History of Graphic Design  
History of Photography  
Two Dimensional Design  
Drawing I  
Photography I  
Painting I  
Watercolor Painting  
Introduction to Theatre  
Acting I  
Creative Writing: Introduction  
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction and Memoirs  
Creative Writing: An Introduction to Playwriting  
Creative Writing II - Short Story  
Creative Writing: Poetry  
Women in Literature  
British Literature I  
British Literature II  
American Literature I  
American Literature II  
World Literature I  
World Literature II  
Black American Literature  
Children's Literature  
Fundamentals of Music  
Introduction to Music  
Introduction to Visual Arts  
Film Language  
American Cinema  
Open Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Open Elective 15
 Total Hours61-63

Not MAT 110 


PSY 225 Experiences in Diversity / SOC 215 Experiences in Diversity recommended as Diversity and Social Justice designated course.


All Electives should be selected with aid of an advisor.

Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) Designated courses

Global Understanding (GU) Designated courses

Information Technology (TC) Designated courses

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Designated courses

Scientific Inquiry (SI) Designated courses

Global Understanding (GU) Designated courses

Humanities Elective - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

Courses listed under subjects:
ART 100Art and Child Development (or above)3
COMM 100Interpersonal Communication (or above)3
ENG 112English Composition II: Writing About Literature (or above)3
HUM 100Introduction to Visual Arts (or above)3
MUS 101Fundamentals of Music (or above)3
PHI 100Introduction to Philosophy (or above)3
Foreign Languages:
FRE 101Elementary French I (or above)3
GER 101Elementary German I (or above)3
ITA 101Elementary Italian I (or above)3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (or above)3

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.

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Some online courses have field requirements or in person/proctored testing.  Online courses with these requirements have additional information posted under the COURSE DESCRIPTION section when you are registering.  Please make a note of it during registration.