Bakersfield College offers an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts, providing students with a well-rounded education in various fields of study.

The liberal arts program aims to develop critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of professions. While this degree prepares you for various fields, we encourage you to explore other majors that align more closely with and are more focused on your interests and career aspirations. By working with a counselor and undergoing career and interest assessments, you will be able to make informed decisions about your educational and professional paths.

What is Liberal Arts?

Liberal arts is a broad academic discipline that encompasses the study of various subjects, such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. It emphasizes the development of critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills, as well as a broad understanding of the world and its complexities. Liberal arts education is not limited to the acquisition of specific technical skills or knowledge but instead focuses on building a strong foundation of general knowledge, which can be applied in various fields and career paths.

Is Liberal Arts Right for Me?

Students with diverse interests and academic goals may choose to pursue a liberal arts major. Liberal arts students are often interested in exploring a wide range of subjects and developing skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving. Some liberal arts students may plan to continue their education in graduate or professional programs, while others may pursue careers in fields such as education, journalism, social services, or government. Liberal arts majors may also include students who are unsure about their future career paths and wish to gain a broad foundation of knowledge before selecting a specific field of study. Overall, liberal arts majors attract students who value the pursuit of knowledge, the development of intellectual skills, and the exploration of a wide range of academic disciplines.


Liberal Arts Associate of Arts

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Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts can pursue a variety of careers in fields such as education, social services, public administration, journalism, communication, and business. Some common careers for liberal arts graduates include administrative assistant, customer service representative, writer, editor, public relations specialist, social media manager, sales representative, and teacher assistant. Liberal arts graduates may also continue their education by transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in a specific field. A liberal arts degree provides graduates with a strong foundation in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, which can be applied to various professions and provide a solid basis for lifelong learning and professional growth.

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

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