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How do I get an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts?

Tara Barnett
Tara Barnett

An associate's degree in liberal arts is typically a two-year program spent studying a very broad curriculum. Getting an associate's degree in liberal arts is often as simple as finding a college that offers such a program and completing said program. Of course, it is important to find a good school, do well in that school, and complete all requirements for the degree. An associate's degree represents a certain level of commitment and expertise in a subject, and if you are not prepared to meet those expectations, you should wait until you can make that commitment.

In order to get an associate's degree in liberal arts, you must first find a school that offers a liberal arts degree. Many schools offer degrees within the liberal arts, but these are not the same as a degree in liberal arts itself. Community colleges and online schools often offer associate's degrees, but because liberal arts is not a discipline in which you can usually obtain a job with only an associate's degree, schools are sometimes hesitant to offer this program of study.

A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in liberal arts.
A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in liberal arts.

Once an appropriate program has been identified, you must then apply to the program. There are typically forms available on the school's website, or visiting the school in person to obtain forms will usually work as well. Admission may be limited, so it is important to represent yourself in the best light possible. In some schools, all applicants are accepted, which can be helpful if you did not do well in high school.

The next step toward an associate's degree in liberal arts is signing up for classes and completing them in a satisfactory manner. All schools have different degree requirements, and you must meet each of these requirements by performing well in the necessary classes. If you find that you are having difficulty with the material, the teacher of the class or a student advisor may be able to help. Failed courses must be taken again, and this can be very frustrating for students.

Finally, in order to get an associate's degree in liberal arts, you must graduate. Usually, completing all required classes is all you need in order to graduate, but there may be special tests, fees, or other issues with graduation. Before graduation approaches, it is very important to make sure that all credits and requirements are in order. By making absolutely sure that all necessary requirements are completed well before your expected graduation, you can be certain that you will graduate on time and complete the associate’s degree.

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    • A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in liberal arts.
      By: Matthew Benoit
      A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in liberal arts.