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Liberal Arts is a flexible degree emphasizing higher order thinking skills that are important for any major or career. In addition to General Education, students select courses emphasizing research and writing, application of thinking skills, and electives from across the college.
You can go almost anywhere and study just about anything with a Liberal Arts degree. An associate degree in Liberal Arts prepares students for successful transfer to a four-year institution.
The Liberal Arts associate degree prepares students for successful transfer to a four-year institution with offerings in the core courses which most often serve as the foundation of a university education.
Why This Program
Degree flexibility allows students to explore various subjects or focus on one subject. 14 credits of electives allow students to craft a degree based on individual interests, background or future plans. The degree culminates in a capstone project that offers students an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and showcase their accomplishments.Completion of the program is designed to result in an A.A. Liberal Arts and meet the general education requirements to all public colleges and universities.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Research and Writing
- Creative Thinking
- Project Management
- Oral Communication
- Critical thinking
- Presidential Ambassadors
- ASCWI Government
- Student Activities Board
- Connections Project
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Full time Liberal Arts students who plan their degree and follow the intended sequence are able to earn their General Education Academic Certificate in 3 semesters and complete their Liberal Arts AA in 4 semesters. General education courses and electives can be selected so a student earns credits toward a major or minor at their transfer institution. Select electives based on interest, career goals, transfer institution requirements, and background.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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The primary objectives of a liberal arts education are general education, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills. Every career requires these skills!
A Liberal Arts degree is a broad background that prepares you to succeed in various transfer programs that lead to a variety of careers:
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