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I think for any student, we offer a number of liberal arts classes that provide an outlet in terms of creative avenues. Many students take a liberal arts class simply because they enjoy it.
Brenda Fisher, Art Department Head


Are you interested in having freedom to focus your courses to meet your personal educational goals? If so, a Liberal Arts degree from College of Western Idaho (CWI) can give you flexibility in planning your academic future. Whether you are interested in an interdisciplinary degree or are planning to complete lower-division credits for a particular degree at a transfer institution, this program grants you the opportunity to build your degree plan. The Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree calls for completion of the Idaho general-education requirements plus 26 credits from your chosen disciplines.


The Liberal Arts associate degree prepares students to for successful transfer to a four-year institution with offerings in the core courses which most often serve as the foundation of a university education.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Improve student writing and communication skills through analytical reading, discussion, and revision
  • Encourage students to practice critical reading, thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Equip students with the skills, knowledge, and awareness needed to communicate effectively, make informed decisions, and contribute to the global community as lifelong learners
  • Foster an invigorating and diverse learning community in which students improve skills in written and verbal communication, deepen and refine critical thinking, and articulate the nature and cultural value of literary studies through analysis
  • Develop habits of mind, including showcasing a critical stance towards text, culture, and communication; rhetorical understanding of context, purpose, and audience; cultural and global awareness; and interdisciplinary exploration of history.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016
Registration Open November 9 April 11 April 11
Financial Aid Priority Date November 23 May 16 July 11
Admission Deadline December 21 May 20 August 5
Last Day to Register January 8 June 3 August 19
Tuition and Fees Due January 8 June 3 August 19
Classes Begin January 11* June 6* August 22*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

While receiving a Liberal Arts associate degree from CWI will improve your chances of finding satisfying employment compared to no college degree, it is recommended that most students receive a four-year degree to greatly improve career opportunities and monetary compensation. According to Idaho Department of Labor (http://labor.idaho.gov/publications/educationpays.pdf), with an Associate of Arts, average hourly compensation is $19.91 while a Bachelor of Arts has an average hourly compensation of $26.49.

Most employers prefer candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree. Your associate’s in Liberal Arts will transfer to Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho where you may finish upper division course-work toward this pursuit.


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News and Blogs

CWI Student Alicia Anderson
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:30am
A College of Western Idaho (CWI) employee is helping two students offset some of their college costs. Enrollment Advisor Nikki Houston established the “LTH Don’t Give Up” Scholarship at the end of last year with the goal of helping single parents achieve their academic dreams. Alicia Anderson, a Liberal Arts major, is one of the two CWI...
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 1:30pm
On Thursday, April 14, CWI will host an event to reveal the College’s first campus mural.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 2:00pm
For the past several months, Boise artist Alma Gomez and CWI students have been working to create a one-of-a-kind painted mural.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 4:45pm
The Lewis-Clark State College Silverthorne Theatre Program will visit CWI for a performance on Nov. 19.


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