University Studies

AA in Liberal Arts

At a Glance

The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts is a part-time degree program created for adults who would like to complete an associate's degree with the option to complete a bachelor's degree at a later time.


The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts is a part-time degree program created for adults who would like to complete an associate's degree with the option to complete a bachelor's degree at a later time.

About the Program

Male Student

The purpose of a liberal arts degree is to promote intelligent understanding of oneself, one’s chosen work, and the complex world in which life and work continue. The core curriculum ensures that each student explores many disciplines to acquire a solid foundation of specific knowledge as well as the analytic skills and historic perspective necessary to meet the challenges of the future.

The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts allows part time students to complete their core liberal arts requirements at a pace that is comfortable for them. Working with advisors in the University of Hartford's Adult Academic Services, students can determine how their prior credits will apply and whether they may qualify for alternative forms of credit.

Students are welcome to take day, evening, online, or Saturday classes. This variety of scheduling allows employed adults to make progress toward a degree without further complicating their work days; it also provides a great learning environment for adults from many different fields who are all motivated by the same goal: to complete a degree.

Courses are offered year-round on the University of Hartford's campus.

Degree Requirements

In order to complete the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts degree, students must satisfy these requirements:

  • completion of a minimum of 60 credits that satisfy the distribution spread of the degree requirements
  • a minimum of 30 credits in residence at the University of Hartford
  • a minimum GPA of 2.0 

For a complete listing of courses, visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog

Admission Requirements

Adult learners

Applicants to the Associate in Arts Liberal Arts program must submit the following:

  • a complete Part-Time/Adult Undergraduate Application
  • official transcripts from any college attended
    • students should have fewer than 30 previous college credits to be admitted into the program
  • an official high school transcript
  • an SAT report, if a student graduated from high school within the past five years and took the SAT exam
  • must be 22 years of age or older
Admission Deadlines

Admission to the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts program is granted on a rolling basis throughout the year; students are admitted in the fall, spring, or summer sessions. It is recommended that all application materials be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term to which the student is seeking admission.

Start Early

Prospective students are welcome to take up to 15 undergraduate credits before applying to a degree program. Taking courses as a non matriculated student (a student not formally accepted into a degree program) is an excellent way to get to know the University of Hartford before committing to a particular degree program. Credits earned by non matriculated students count toward their degrees once students are accepted into a program.

Tuition and Aid

Cost of Attendance

The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts program is very affordable. Students are charged at the per-credit rate up to 11.5 credits a semester. In addition to the cost per-credit for the courses they select, students pay minimal fees per semester. This per-credit pricing structure means that students can progress at nearly a full-time pace for a fraction of the cost of full-time tuition. Tuition and Fees are outlined here.

Financial Aid

Student financial assistance is administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid and is limited to federal financial aid and supplemental loan programs. Students must meet all eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education. The academic year includes summer, fall, and spring.

Contact Us

For questions and additional information, contact Adult Academic Services.