Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Associate of Arts (A.A.) On-Campus Degree

About Liberal Studies Associate Degree - On Campus

Build a solid foundation for your future with an associate degree from Cal U.

Equip yourself with a broad range of knowledge and skills with an on-campus associate degree in liberal studies from California University of Pennsylvania. Designed for students whose academic interests span traditional disciplinary boundaries, Cal U's liberal studies program enables you to explore a variety of subject areas in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

Why should you study liberal arts at Cal U?

  • Establish a solid academic base upon which you can build almost any career
  • Take advantage of flexible degree completion options that best fit your life and goals.
  • Work with expert professors to develop new research, scholarship and creative projects.


Experiential Learning: Your Cal U associate degree program will incorporate research and hands-on activities that put classwork into context and build marketable skills. You'll graduate with the knowledge, experience and confidence you need for personal and career success.

A Degree Tailored to You: Choose your courses from a wide range of topics in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Whether you're interested in theater or physics, sociology or computer science, you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests.

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Degree Benefits

As an undergraduate liberal studies major you will:

  • Develop the ability to think analytically, understand various cultures and their histories, and appreciate artistic responses to our world.
  • Be able to adapt to changing career, personal and social demands.
  • Take part in internship opportunities to gain on-the-job experience and apply classroom knowledge to the world of work.
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Graduate Outcomes


In today's ever-changing economy, a liberal studies associate degree opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities. Our program will prepare you for a variety of careers such as accounting, advertising, consulting, marketing, public relations and sales. Additionally, program alumni have found work in the government, social work and education.

Liberal Studies On-Campus Associate Degree
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Undergraduate Research at Cal U

Delve into your academic interests with support from top scholars in your field. At Cal U, you'll have opportunities to present research at conferences, publish scholarly work and network with professionals.

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Career and Professional Development

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity and experience. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

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Living Why is a Liberal Asrts Education Important

"[Liberal arts] empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. ... A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills." - The Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Liberal Studies On-Campus Associate Degree Courses

Cal U's liberal studies curriculum is flexible in nature. You will take courses from the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences programs, and can complete all degree requirements in two years of full-time study.

Example Courses

The liberal studies curriculum is flexible in nature. The associate degree requires a total of 60 credits (30 in general education, 24 in the major, 6 in electives). Of the 24 credits in the major, 15 credits must be of lower division and 9 must be of upper division.

The required courses in the major are to be selected from the following areas:

Humanities: art, communication studies, English, literature, music, philosophy, Spanish, and theatre.

Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, mathematics, physical science, and physics.

Social Sciences: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political sciences, psychology, sociology and social work.

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Liberal Studies Faculty

  • This program is overseen by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a faculty coordinator of liberal studies.