Liberal Arts

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Completion of course work in the Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree signifies that the student is broadly educated in the major divisions of higher learning: humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and fine arts. The student has acquired methods of study and habits of thought which are demonstrated by an ability to analyze problems, make appropriate value judgments, and express conclusions in cogent style. The student devotes a portion of study to in-depth concentration of one subject.

Students in the Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree should select electives to reflect both the student’s interests and the requirements of the intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the transfer guide sheets located in the University, Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Civil Society and Culture: Compare and contrast the United States globally with other nations or regions, addressing one or both of the following: (1) social, economic, political and cultural issues or (2) patterns of diversity or inequality, including racial, ethnic, religious or gender differences.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate ideas appropriate to their discipline using Standard English, through written and verbal communication.
  • Computer Technology: Demonstrate skills for computer technology, including internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments.
  • Critical Thinking/Information Literacy: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and identify the need for research to draw conclusions, formulate inferences, solve problems and make decisions. Students will also demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, selecting, organizing, synthesizing, and ethically documenting information from multiple sources using both informal and formal formats, as appropriate for diverse writing situations.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Apply quantitative skills to analyze situations and make decisions in a variety of contexts.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. Associate in Arts degrees requires at least 24 credits total including at least three credit hours from the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least three of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits must total: 24 credits

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness: Complete one:

  2. Humanities: Complete at least 8 credit hours, including any applicable Humanities courses taken from the General Education: Civil Society & Culture group, from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL); World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR).
  3. Science and Mathematics: Complete at least 8 credit hours, including Science and Mathematics courses taken from the General Education: Quantitative Literacy group, from:

    • Astronomy (ASTR); Atmospheric Studies (ATMS); Biology (BIO); Chemistry (CHEM); Geology (GEOL); Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Mathematics (MATH); Physical Science (PSCI); Physics (PHYS); Science (SCI)
  4. Social Science: Complete at least 8 credit hours, including Social Science courses taken from the General Education: Civil Society & Culture group, from:

    • Anthropology (ANTH); Criminal Justice (CRJ); Economics (BEC); Geography (GEOG); History (HIST); Political Science (POLS); Psychology (PSY); Social Science (SSC); Sociology (SOC)

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 14

Elective Courses

Complete additional 100-level or above courses to reach the 60 credits required for Associate in Arts degrees.

Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 22

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
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Communications Division: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Jennifer Ernst: 313-845-6385,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-208

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as: