Liberal Arts

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“I am a non-traditional college student; I returned to college after 10 years. Amelia Miller
Classes at CWI are available throughout the day at many different locations. Amelia Miller

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


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