Program Overview

Arkansas State University offers an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies for students who are interested in examining a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and want to form the foundation for future education in the liberal arts and humanities. Students will learn to communicate effectively and to develop their critical and creative thinking capacities as they work across disciplines. During the program, students will be required to begin their studies in particular programs, including history, liberal studies, political science, and psychology.     

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include business English, English composition, technical and report writing, interpersonal communications, public speaking, art appreciation, art history survey, introduction to music, introduction to theatre, creative dramatics for children, design, graphic design, and many more.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in general education areas that are the foundation to life skills and further education, to demonstrate basic knowledge and an appreciation for written, oral, and other forms of communication, as well as art, history, the humanities and other liberal arts studies, and to prepare for future education in undergraduate and graduate courses which will utilize this program as the foundation for future learning.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Local businessmen gathered for coffee each day at the Mayflower Café in Great Bend, Kansas, and that is where the idea for a community college surfaced. As support spread throughout the community and studies were completed, the Barton County Community College was established in 1965. 

    At Barton Community College, students can pursue Associate’s degrees and enroll in the college transfer program, or choose to complete career technical programs and earn certificates. Certificates vary by career program. Numerous options exist, and programs of study are organized into eighteen different divisions. 

    Students can also enroll in the distance learning program through Barton’s virtual campus. BARTON Line gives students the necessary flexibility to complete online degrees and coursework. FAsynchronous courses are formatted in 9-week and 17-week sessions. Students can choose from multiple Associate’s degree tracks that prepare students for transfer into four-year programs.


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