Aug 16, 2022  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts (648) Associate of Arts Degree

Purpose: This degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. By exposing students to a variety of academic disciplines, the Liberal Arts program seeks to foster an appreciation of many areas of knowledge and to lay the foundation for students to become life-long learners. The program emphasizes communication, analytical, computational, and critical thinking skills, all of which provide versatility in an ever-expanding global job market. Liberal Arts graduates become teachers, librarians, journalists, Foreign Service officers, medical doctors, and lawyers, among many other types of professionals.

General Education and Transfer: For general education requirements, electives, and transfer information see the General Program Information section in this catalog. Computer and information literacy competencies are infused throughout the courses in this curriculum, which does not require an additional computer course.

World Language Competency: A core requirement for majors in the liberal arts programs at Thomas Nelson and at most four-year schools is competency in a world language through the 200 level. Liberal Arts students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a world language in their first semester and to complete all required world language courses before transfer. Students who completed two or more years of world language in high school may be eligible for advanced course placement at Thomas Nelson. Please check with your advisor.

Part-Time Program Sequence   


This program is fully accessible and can be completed through eCampus (web-based learning) or students can learn in a traditional classroom environment.

Semester Total Credits 14

Semester Total Credits 15

Semester Total Credits 16

Spring II

Semester Total Credits 15

Total Minimum Credits 60

1Students who studied World Languages in high school are encouraged to take the Placement Test. Four-year colleges require completion of one language through the intermediate level (201/202) for all Liberal Arts majors.

Program Information (ABHS)

For additional information about this program visit the Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences web page, stop by room 851 Templin Hall, phone 757-825-2799, or email