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Create your degree plan to study topics that are specific to your career goals.
Pathway to advancement.
Graduate with professional skills that can be immediately applied to your career or transfer your credits to a bachelor’s degree.
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Benefit from flexible schedule options that allow you to study when it is convenient, and complete your degree when you are ready.
A degree tailored to your goals.
Notre Dame College Online’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies degree opens doors to endless academic and professional opportunities. Through a fully online classroom and a selection of diverse courses, this associate in liberal arts program allows you to explore a variety of professional topics and study materials that are relevant to the career field of your choice.
With this online liberal arts degree, you will gain a breadth of knowledge in a variety of liberal arts topics including English, mathematics, public speaking and more. Each course offered through the liberal studies program is delivered by expert educators with years of professional experience in their fields of study. With support from your educators and interactive tools available through the online classroom, you will complete the associate of liberal arts program equipped with the credential to excel in an entry-level position or continue your education by transferring your credits to a bachelor’s degree.
Topics of Study
As a student of the associate of liberal arts program, you will complete 37 credit hours of Notre Dame College Online’s general education core curriculum. Designed to create a strong academic foundation, these courses cover a variety of topics and will help you prepare for a future in any professional field.
You will also have the freedom to select 26-29 credit hours of additional courses based on your interests, educational goals and professional aspirations. With these courses, you will have the opportunity to customize your degree to gain skills in topics that are relevant to you.
When you graduate, you will have the ability to:
- Think critically and effectively express ideas both orally and in writing
- Assess the world with the broad perspective of a liberally educated citizen
- Take responsibility for your personal, financial, professional and spiritual development
- Critically analyze social issues and apply effective measures to promote human rights
Designed for working individuals with full-time responsibilities, the online liberal arts degree is available completely through an interactive, online classroom and can be completed in two years. With unlimited access to online course materials and flexible schedule options, you can study when it is convenient and complete your degree at a pace that is right for you.
The Online A.A. in Liberal Studies is Designed for:
- Individuals who want to earn additional professional skills for their current career
- Those interested in exploring several fields of study before declaring a major and choosing a bachelor’s degree program
- Those interested in earning a bachelor’s degree who can currently only dedicate two years to their education
- Students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree who need to stop halfway for personal or professional reasons
Courses & Requirements
The online liberal arts degree from Notre Dame College Online allows you to choose courses from a variety of topics, so you can gain skills that are specific to your career goals. The program requires completion of 60 credit hours, 37 in our general education core curriculum and 26-29 elective hours.
The Core Curriculum is comprised of the following requirements. Choose 37 hours from the below:
Requirement Courses: Credits Personal Growth HP 112 Lifetime Wellness 3 Written Fluency EN 100 College Composition 3-6 EN 101 College Composition II 3 Oral Fluency CA 100 Elements of Speech 3 Theological Inquiry TH 150 Living the Ultimate Questions 3 Creative Inquiry Various Fine Arts courses (AR & MU) 3 Quantitative Fluency MA 120 or higher 3 Literary Inquiry EN 281 The Short Story 3 or EN 341 American Literature to 1900 Philosophical Inquiry PH 200 Critical & Creative Thinking 3 Scientific Inquiry BI 200/201 Environmental Science & Lab 4 or CH 220/221 Earth Science & Lab Global Learning HI 332 The Transformation of Japan 3 or HI 334 The Making of Modern China 3
Students applying for admission to the online A.A. in Liberal Studies program must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum 2.5 GPA
How to Apply
Students applying for admission to the online A.A. in Liberal Studies program must submit the following materials:
- A complete online application
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions, including high school. A GED score may be submitted if applicant does not have a high school diploma.*
* High school transcripts and GED score are not required for students transferring more than 12 credits.
Costs & Financial Aid
Notre Dame College Online features a high-quality education at a price you can afford. See how your past academic credentials can help you make the most of your college education.
Component Requirements Cost Per Credit Hour Total Tuition 30 credit hours $375 $11,250 Transfer Credits 34 credit hours $375 $12,750 Total with transfer credits (up to 34) $-1,500
Discover federal financial aid, U.S. military benefits and other ways to make your education affordable.
Notre Dame College is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about how Notre Dame College Online seeks to help service members make the most of their education.
Outcomes & Resources
Learn more about potential careers available after you graduate. Some include:
- General manager
- Customer service representative
- Small business owner
Frequently Asked Questions
Online students are exceptionally self-motivated. They demonstrate determination, discipline and a willingness to fulfill their commitments. Be prepared to devote a significant amount of time each week to your classes. Engage in discussion, meet your deadlines and communicate with your advisor if you have questions or concerns. These habits will help you move successfully through our programs.
Yes! Notre Dame College Online recognizes the importance of an affordable education, and we strive to ensure your financial situation is not a boundary when it comes to your career success. Refer to our Financial Aid page to learn more about how to pay for your degree.
The Free Application for Free Student Aid determines your eligibility for financial aid programs, such as loans and grants. It helps identify the types of aid you may receive, such as federal and state grants, work study programs and low interest loans. We strongly recommend you fill out your FAFSA form each year to help identify which financial aid opportunities may be available to you.