Build a broad foundation in the liberal arts by taking elective courses across many NCC departments and earning an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. Gain robust critical thinking and communication skills in a variety of subject areas and prepare to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. You’ll focus your studies in one of five liberal arts concentrations: English, history, philosophy, sociology, or women’s & gender studies.
Northampton Community College holds dozens of transfer agreements to help you transition smoothly. Our flexible program structure allows you to study in-person in daytime or evening courses on our Bethlehem or Monroe campus, or you can complete your A.A. in liberal arts partially or fully online.Start Application How to Apply
Take your first steps toward a bachelor’s degree with a strong understanding of general education topics like English, mathematics, psychology, science, and philosophy. NCC’s associate degree in liberal arts meets the requirements for the first two years of many B.A. programs. You’ll be in control of what you study, where you study and when you study with our diverse course catalog and flexible in-person and online learning options.
Develop skills in critical reading and analytical writing through four 200-level English courses. In tandem with your general education classes, you’ll prepare for an English liberal arts major and broad career opportunities like journalism, teaching, publishing, marketing, business, and politics.
Examine how societies, cultures, institutions, and ideas change over time across Ancient, Modern, European, Eastern, and American history. With essential skills in reading, thinking, and writing, you’ll be equipped for a wide range of liberal arts majors and careers in teaching, curation, politics, archiving, journalism, and more.
Ask intellectually interesting questions, pursue deeply meaningful frameworks for living, and develop compelling expertise in analysis, argumentation, and interpretation. Advance your reading, reasoning, speaking, and writing skills in preparation for a B.A. in Philosophy and career prospects spanning from law to teaching to public service.
Delve into the societies, cultural traditions, and social problems that influence how we live in and interact with the world. The skills of observation, critical thinking, and writing you’ll gain through this concentration will equip you for a B.A. in Sociology and career paths in teaching, policy, social work, development, and more.
Interrogate gender theory and the impact of gender on the human condition through gender-focused courses in psychology, sociology, literature, political science, and more. You’ll practice communication and critical thinking skills essential to any bachelor’s program with a liberal arts focus, especially those in the social sciences.
At NCC, you’ll gain significant savings on your first two years of liberal arts study—up to $40,000 compared to studying entirely at a 4-year institution! You’ll also have access to financial aid and scholarships; Northampton Community College has one of the most robust financial aid program among all community colleges in Pennsylvania. Learn more about our tuition and fees to determine how much you could save at NCC!
Liberal arts majors are highly sought after in a wide array of job markets: your passion for your studies, enthusiasm for multidimensional thinking, and experience across disciplines will equip you to excel in diverse careers. You’ll gain confidence articulating your ideas—a hallmark of liberal arts training—and stand out among fellow jobseekers. After all, 90% of NCC graduates are employed in their desired field!
While you’ll be equipped for all kinds of careers, common paths for liberal arts majors include roles in advertising, teaching, graphic design, marketing, public relations, and journalism.
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The in-person and online liberal arts associate degree at Northampton Community College prepares you to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. You’ll specialize your A.A. with a liberal arts concentration: English, history, philosophy, sociology or women’s & gender studies.
Contact us for more information, or apply today to pursue an A.A. in liberal arts!