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Liberal Studies & Transfer Programs

The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies is designed to be transferable to appropriate degree programs at most area baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities. This exciting new program is being implemented through the Community College Partnership between the Maine Technical College System and the University of Maine System. The partnership encourages the development of community college programs and services to broaden access to a transferable Associate in Arts degree. Students enrolled in the program may transfer to the University of Southern Maine, any University of Maine System campus, or another baccalaureate degree granting college. Students may also, after clarifying their career goals and aspirations, decide to pursue an occupationally oriented Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science technical college degree program.

Offerings available for the Associate in Arts will include over sixty of our courses used as general education requirements including biology, chemistry, communications, history, humanities, literature, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and others. In addition students may, space permitting, elect from a wide variety of courses in specific technical programs. These might include business, drafting, office management, law enforcement, early childhood education, hospitality management, environmental science, allied health or courses from any of the other technical program areas.

Although general education courses should transfer readily to University of Maine System campuses, the transferability of courses selected from all technical programs will depend greatly on the college or university and the discipline a student wishes to pursue.

High School Prerequisites

Algebra I Algebra II
College Prep Biology* College Prep Chemistry

*other lab sciences can be substituted

In addition to the above, reading and written communication skills consistent with collegiate level studies are required.

If you are anxious to begin a program of Liberal Studies but are not yet prepared academically, you are invited to register for college preparatory courses in Mathamatics, Chemistry, Biology, and/or Writing in SMCC's Computerized Learning Classroom.


  • Enjoy a small college atmosphere where you'll be treated as an individual as you explore, discover and develop your interests and strengths.

  • Pursue a two year degree which gives you time to decide on an academic major or career direction.

  • Take advantage of tuition and fees which are some of the most affordable in Maine, allowing you to significantly reduce your costs while accumulating credits transferable to a four year college.

  • Transfer into appropriate degree programs at all campuses of the University of Maine System. Courses should be selected with the assistance of your academic advisor recognizing your eventual educational goals.

  • Explore a great opportunity to sample some technical program courses to assist you in clarifying your career goals and interests.


The Associate in Arts credential is awarded upon the completion of a program designed to prepare students to transfer to an upper division baccalaureate program. The curriculum is built on a foundation in "general education" with considerable flexibility in selecting electives to develop depth in the prerequisite knowledge required for further study at the baccalaureate level. The curriculum includes the following minimum requirements:

English/Communication 9 credit hours
Humanities 3 credit hours
Mathematics (to include college algebra) 3 credit hours
Science (with laboratory) 4 credit hours
Computer Applications 3 credit hours
Social Science 9 credit hours
Total core requirements: 31 credit hours
Elective courses 29 credit hours
Total credit hours: 60 credit hours

Click here to view a partial listing of SMCC's general education courses available* to Liberal Studies students. SMCC may also offer University of Southern Maine or University of Maine Augusta courses on our campus to expand course selection further. Students who meet specified criteria may also take courses (SMCC tuition rates) at area colleges that are part of the "Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities".

* Availability of individual courses will vary based upon the semester, course schedules and the demand.

For more information on the Maine Technical College System's
Associate in Arts Degree Program, please click here.

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