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Liberal Studies

Unsure what you want to do after graduation? Liberal Studies is our most popular choice for students who want to keep their career options open. The flexible program will provide you with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In the B.A. program you will also add a minor of a specific area that attracts your interest.

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts & Associate of Arts
Available in Augusta, Bangor, at sites statewide and online


UMA’s Associate degree in Liberal Studies is designed to allow you to explore your educational options and prepare you for baccalaureate work. Comparable to the first half of most traditional bachelor’s degree programs, Liberal Studies gives you the basics of a well-rounded education, and offers a rigorous traditional curriculum.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program is a flexible degree program that allows you to shape the curriculum to best meet your needs and interests. It provides you with a foundation in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. Add a concentration, minor or certificate to achieve a deeper understanding of a specific area.

Within the Liberal Studies program, UMA offers tracks for students who are preparing for admissions into the Architectural Program, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Dental Health, and Veterinary Technology. Agreements are also in place between UMA, UMPI, and UMM so that Liberal Studies students can complete many of the courses they need to earn a degree in Elementary Education or Special Education. Students interested in Secondary Education can complete many of the state Department of Education requirements through UMA.

Graduates of our Liberal Studies program have the capacity to succeed in many careers, including the arts, public policy, business and teaching.


Program Checksheets


The Bachelor in Liberal Studies curriculum is outlined here.


The Associates in Liberal Studies curriculum is outline here.


Skills You’ll Acquire

Liberal Studies students possess an inquisitive nature and tenacious spirit, traits that serve them well as they begin exploring career and educational options. As students near completion of their degree requirements, they are more focused in their personal and work lives and are better able to communicate their thoughts and needs to others. These skills, as well as the ones noted below, are ones that many Liberal Studies students acquire.



Understanding cultural differences
Working collaboratively
Assessing human needs
Recognizing social processes


Presenting ideas effectively
Speaking publicly
Writing reports
Justifying a position
Reading critically

Problem Solving:

Interpreting numerical data
Evaluating information
Defining a problem
Setting priorities
Making decisions
Gathering information/research


Attending to details
Managing information
Coordinating tasks
Meeting deadlines
Developing projects

Careers You Can Seek

Today’s employers have a strong bias toward employing candidates with a college education, because college graduates tend to have stronger analytical thinking, decision-making, communication and learning skills than non-college graduates. These broad skills provide a strong base for a career in virtually any field. Students who pursue the Liberal Studies degree to completion may be found performing various roles in business, social/human services, education, health care and government.

Most Liberal Studies students transfer their credits to other programs. Listed below are some possibilities you might want to consider.

Other UMA Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
  • Associate of Science in Mental Health and Human Services
  • Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
  • A.S. and B.S. in Business programs in Augusta and Bangor

Graduates of the program will have the capacity to succeed in the arts, public policy, business and teaching. Liberal Studies is particularly appropriate for professional careers requiring understanding of interrelationships between complex cultures and systems.

Graduates of the bachelor’s program will:
be prepared for entry into a post baccalaureate degree program
be exposed to situations that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills
have a solid baccalaureate liberal arts general education and least an intermediate level exposure to a specific university discipline
have an enhanced ability for professional advancement and/or career and lifestyle changes
have effective verbal and written skills
have research skills to facilitate lifelong learning
be exposed to intellectual and cultural diversity

Graduates of the associate program will have:
effective verbal and written communication skills
the ability to think critically and problem solve
a foundation in humanities, social sciences, math, and natural sciences
technological and computer skills appropriate to entry-level positions and/or baccalaureate degree work
adequate preparation for entry into a bachelor of arts program at the junior level
the skills necessary for basic research and life-long learning
an awareness of global and multicultural concerns

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