Earn an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts is ideal for you if any of the following apply: you plan to continue your education at a four-year institution, you want to increase your opportunities for career advancement, or you want to enroll in a variety of courses to determine your future academic/career path.

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Enroll in an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts Designed For You

Blue Ridge CTC’s Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts offers six different concentrations to meet your individual needs: Open Transfer, Communication Studies, English, History, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.

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Take a variety of general studies course work to explore your personal interests.

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Continue their education after earning a certificate or associate degree.

    • As per Blue Ridge CTC Annual Graduate Report, 54% of graduates opted for university transfer, and 34% of graduates got placed after completing their associate degrees.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts?

Prepare for the future by working with expert academic advisors to craft a program that meets your individual needs.

    • Plan to transfer? Take advantage of 1 of more than 30 articulation agreements with four-year institutions including Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and selected online institutions.
    • Ready to focus? Complete general education courses, the first 2 years of many bachelor degree programs, by concentrating in Open Transfer. Select 1 of the other 5 concentrations to enhance your soft skills or major in a subject you love.
    • Unsure about your future plans? Take a variety of courses in the Open Transfer Concentration to discover your interests and aptitudes.

Prepare for the Future With the Liberal Arts Associate Degree

Do you have a creative mind and curiosity to learn? Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree program in Liberal Arts offers a comprehensive intellectual grounding.

As a Liberal Arts graduate, you will demonstrate the interpersonal and evaluative skills necessary to effectively participate in a group and both provide and receive constructive feedback and identify ways in which lifelong learning and aesthetic interests are important for living a balanced, enjoyable life. You will also be able to do the following:

  • apply ethical principles in both written and oral communication,
  • assess the historical and political issues that have shaped our culturally diverse country and articulate the importance of their roles as informed and participatory citizens,
  • express insight into an appreciation of the arts and evaluate their relevance in today’s society, and
  • cultivate an understanding of the complex cultural texture of today’s world.

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Liberal Arts has an industry-specific curriculum that allows students to learn multiple academic disciplines.

    As a liberal arts student, you will complete general education coursework that develops your communication skills, social and cultural awareness, and scientific and quantitative reasoning. Completion of the general education core along with the required and elective liberal arts coursework equips you with the academic and social skills necessary to thrive after you transfer or graduate.

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Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

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We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

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We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

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Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

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We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about an associate degree in Liberal Arts? We can help!

A liberal arts education is typically broad-based and exposes students to multiple disciplines such as Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Humanities. This broad knowledge of the wider concentrations will prepare you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in any profession.

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Liberal Arts develops a strong sense of social responsibility and transferable intellectual and practical skills, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving abilities. It helps demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills in actual professions or workplaces.

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Liberal Arts involves effective communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and social and cultural awareness. The program offers career-specific coursework in six different concentrations, designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of Liberal Arts majors.
Admission requirements for Blue Ridge CTC Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time after submitting the application.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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