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

Overview

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.

Mission

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, social scie

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

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

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, 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.

Transfer

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.

Professions

  • Analyst
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Paralegals

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions


5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions


1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

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2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

Directions


6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building

Directions


6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Instructors

Assistant Professor
208.562.3365
Assistant Professor
Faculty Senate President
208.562.3361
Assistant Professor
208.562.3384
Assistant Professor
208.562.2094
Department Chair, Math
208.562.3132
Assistant Professor
208.562.2078
Assistant Professor
208.562.3360
Assistant Professor
208.562.3143
Assistant Professor
208.562.3344
Instructor
Executive Committee Secretary
208.562.3351
Instructor
Department Senator
208.562.3354
Assistant Professor
208.562.3368
Assistant Professor
208.562.2533
Assistant Professor
208.562.3309
Department Chair, English
Department Senator
208.562.3352
Assistant Professor
208.562.3399
Department Chair, Modern Languages
208.562.3148
Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts
208.562.3351

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