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
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2015||Fall 2015||Spring 2016|
|Registration Open||April 13||April 13||November 9|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||May 11||July 13||November 23|
|Admission Deadline||May 15||August 7||December 21|
|Last Day to Register||May 29||August 21||January 8|
|Tuition and Fees Due||May 29||August 21||January 8|
|Classes Begin||June 1*||August 24||January 11|
|*Some classes begin before this date. See 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.
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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