Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The Liberal Arts Associate in Arts degree allows students the flexibility necessary for exploration while providing the structure and attention necessary for a variety of academic disciplines. A student with a Liberal Art degree will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained in any academic area.
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This area of study is especially appropriate for students who intend to transfer to a liberal arts college, have undecided plans for a major in transferring to any senior college or university, or have a desire to understand more thoroughly the underlying principles of individual and social behavior in the environment.
Students gain an inter-disciplinary view of multiple perspectives related to the Humanities, which will allow them to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs across the country.
Network with other students through ICC student organizations including Rotaract, the Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Teacher, Educator, Historian, Communications Specialist, Artist, Archivist, Journalist, Researcher, Writer, Content Writer
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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Students can make informed choices about majors at transfer institutions and pursue them confidently as a result of successful completion of this program.Margot Vance, Professor, Humanities
How Do I Get Into the Liberal Arts Program?
Why just study one subject area? A Liberal Art degree provides a broad education that can lead to multiple study and career opportunities. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school coursework in English, history, social studies, and art is beneficial.
- Experience in speech or debate club, drama club, and community volunteerism is helpful.
What Can I Expect As a Liberal Art Student?
- A strong, general foundation in the humanities.
- Choice of core courses and electives that align with future study in a bachelor’s degree program.
- Graduates have transferred to four-year colleges including Illinois State University and Bradley University.
- Find volunteer opportunities that align with your studies and will build skills while in school.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.