Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Skills and knowledge for today, tomorrow, and beyond


Start on the path to a four-year degree

A well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences provides the basis for lifelong learning. By earning an Associate of Arts degree at Minnesota State College Southeast, you will gain a credential you can take with you to transfer into a four-year university program as a college junior.

The study of liberal arts and sciences isn't just about memorizing facts - it's learning how to learn, so you will be prepared to adapt to an ever-changing world. You are not training for a specific job, but gaining the communications and reasoning skills that will enhance your career opportunities in any area you might pursue in the future.

Workforce readiness

There is an increasing national need for all working-age adults to possess at least two years of higher education. Our region's workforce communities have indicated that they are seeking "well-rounded" individuals who possess strong critical thinking, problem solving, and communications skills. With an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences you will be better qualified to pursue your career options.

Students can finish an Associate of Arts degree within four semesters at MSC Southeast. All essential courses are offered every semester and the college offers evening classes, online classes and hybrid classes. A full array of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are available at both the Red Wing and Winona campuses.

Major Offerings

Program Completion Plan

You can complete the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences in 4 semesters. Download a Sample Program Completion Plan (PDF).

Outcomes & Opportunities

Career Opportunities

An Associate of Arts degree is the foundation of your future education. This degree is designed for transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. However, the lifelong skills and abilities mastered in the Associate of Arts program will serve students who may enter the workforce directly after completing the degree.


Learn how your credits can transfer between Minnesota State colleges and universities at

This is a web service that enables students and advisors to access official, consistent and accurate transfer information. MnTransfer is a collaborative effort among:

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Minnesota private colleges
  • University of Minnesota

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Build skills and knowledge that will remain relevant today, tomorrow, and beyond
  • Gain high-demand critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
  • Meet general education requirements needed for transfer
  • Choose electives that are appropriate for your planned transfer program
  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty


Instructors teach in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department of the college. See Faculty Bios

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