Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associates of Arts

Gears of DiversityProgram highlights

  • Interdisciplinary courses to build on including writing, mathematics, sciences and arts; plus lots of electives - you get to choose!
  • Easy transfer opportunities to Central, Southern, Eastern, and Western Connecticut State Universities and UCONN
  • Course meeting times to fit YOUR schedule: Classes are held early mornings, days, evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and online

Degree Requirements


Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication ENG*102 Literature and Composition or ENG*200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirements Additional Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking course 3
Any Philosophy course 3
ENG 2XX Literature course (excludes 202, 281, 282) 3
Modern Language 6
Liberal Arts Elective 3 from any credit bearing competency above
General Electives 12 from any credit bearing courses
Total Credits: 61-62


Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Student may substitute general education elective credits for 3 years of Modern Language in high school. Some four-year colleges may require a language proficiency exam. ESL students may use up to six credits of Intermediate and Advanced levels of ESL courses to fulfill the Modern Language and/or Arts/Humanities elective requirements. However, transfer of ESL credits from NVCC to other institutions or from institutions to NVCC is governed by the policies of the receiving institution.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

♢♢ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Degree Outcomes - What you will learn

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Liberal Arts graduates may successfully continue their studies at colleges and universities with majors such as:
Fine Arts
Political Science

With good planning, students may transfer into many other majors as well. Students will work primarily on Core Requirements of transfer colleges, and may also begin to fulfill course requirements in a major, by choosing liberal arts and general electives in their chosen discipline. As a first step, students should refer to the Liberal Arts and Sciences definitions, “Common Core of General Education", and then to the appropriate course descriptions.

It is very important to work closely with an advisor when selecting these courses. The concentration may serve your immediate interest or needs, but the college to which you are transferring makes the final determination as to which courses it will accept.

Can I Transfer to a 4-Year School with a DARC degree?

  • Students who complete their Associates Degree in DARC can transfer to any of the four Connecticut State Universities through the Guaranteed Admissions Program. To be eligible, you must complete your associate degree in five (5) years or less with a 2.0 grade point average and must transfer within 2 years of completion of the associate degree.
  • Post University accepts the DARC degree as a minor in their Human Services bachelor’s degree.
  • Students are encouraged to continue on to bachelor's and master's degree programs in psychology, community counseling, human services or social work. 
  • Students who continue on for a master's degree in counseling can obtain licensure (LADC) once the degree requirements are completed. 

Accelerated Weekend Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program

Earn your Liberal Arts and Sciences A.A. degree with our two-year, accelerated weekend program.

  • Classes meet Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Fully transferable Liberal Arts and Sciences associate degree to Central, Southern, Eastern and Western Connecticut State Universities and more.
  • Limited opportunity - only 25 students will be selected.

Benefits of the NVCC accelerated Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Degree:

  • Value – Completion of an A.A. degree at NVCC for less than what many private institutions charge for one semester.
  • Time – Complete a fully transferable L.A.S. degree in four academic semesters (including summers and winter session); many courses are offered online.
  • Lifestyle – Complete an A.A. degree without leaving your job or neglecting other responsibilities. 

Sample Schedule:

Fall 2015 (12) credits
Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday (daytime)

Winter 2015 (3) credits

Spring 2016 (10) credits
Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday (daytime)

Summer 2016 (6) credits

Fall 2016 (12) credits
Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday (daytime)

Winter 2016 (3) credits

Spring 2017 (9) credits
Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday (daytime)

Summer 2017 (6) credits

Complete an Associate of Arts degree in L.A.S. from NVCC for less than what most private institutions charge for a single semester.  It’s your time and your money – make the most of it at NVCC.

Program Coordinator

Kate Eddy
203-575-8233  (p)
Room K611
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT  06708

Mission & Vision

Mission statement

The mission of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is to offer students a dynamic educational experience that encourages creativity, intelligence and adaptability while supporting students in the understanding of their transfer options. Its core curriculum is structured to engage students in the areas of analytical thinking, applied knowledge, creative expression, effective communication, ethics, social awareness and responsibility and technological literacy.

Vision statement

The vision of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is to increase students’ awareness of the seamless transfer opportunities from the College to Central, Southern, Eastern and Western Connecticut State Universities.