University Studies

AA in Liberal Arts

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

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 Center for Adult Academic Services, students can determine how their prior credits will apply and whether they may qualify for CLEP and DANTES exams or the LINCS program to earn credit for life experience.

Adult 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.

Program Design

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.

To qualify for the Associate in Arts a student must attain a 2.0 grade point average with at least 60 credits in a wide distribution of academic courses, and 30 credits must be completed at the University.

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 

Below is an overview of the curriculum. For a complete listing of courses, visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog



Students learn the art of communication in both written and oral forms and are required to complete RPW 110 Rhetoric and Writing I, RPW 111, Rhetoric and Writing II, and a communication course (CMM 110, 111, or 115).



Students are required to complete one college level mathematics course. M118 does not fulfill this requirement.

Group I: Humanities and Arts


Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits from courses in art history, literature, and music theory, history, philosophy, cinema, drama, writing, AUCW Western Heritage, and AUCA The Arts.

Group II: Laboratory Sciences


Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 credits from physical sciences, biology, chemistry, and AUCT Science and Technology.

Group III: Social Sciences


Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits from economics, politics and government, psychology, sociology, and AUCS Social Context.

Group IV: Multicultural Studies


Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 credits in modern languages, world literature, literature in a foreign language, African American studies,world religions, and AUCC Other Cultures.



Students may select courses of interest or courses that meet requirements of the bachelor's degree program to which they plan to transfer. Only 1 credit of physical education may be counted toward the associate's degree.

Admission Requirements

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

  • a complete application
  • $35 application fee
  • official transcripts from any college attended
  • 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
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, or to the December Saturday session. 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

The University of Hartford offers 11 course start dates throughout the year, so students can begin taking classes as soon as they are ready. 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, which usually total less than $150. 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. 

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 the Center for Adult Academic Services.

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