The Liberal Arts program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts degree, in the liberal arts or social sciences. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in planning their programs. Students should select this curriculum if they intend to major in one of the following disciplines: Economics, English, Foreign Language, Pre-Law, History, Humanities, Journalism, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Government, Religion, or Sociology.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

Liberal Arts Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 62
Degree Requirements Courses Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 and any course from ENG (Literature) 9
Mathematics1 MTH 154 and MTH 155 or MTH 154 and MTH 245 or MTH 161 and MTH 261 or MTH 167 and MTH 173 6
History Any two HIS courses 6
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2
Note: HLT 143, 250, 261, 262, 263, and 290 DO NOT meet HLT/PE requirements
Humanities ART 101, ART 102, ART 106, any REL, or HUM 100 AND any course from ART (approved transfer elective courses), ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, or REL 6
Social Sciences Any course from ECO3, PLS, PSY4, or SOC AND any course from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY4, SOC 6
Lab Sciences Any two-semester sequence in BIO, CHM, or PHY
Note: BIO 141 and BIO 142 do not meet the science requirement
Communication CST 100, CST 110, or CST 126 3
Transfer Elective(s) Any course which has been approved as a transfer elective5 1-12
Program Requirements Students must complete through 202 in a foreign language. Those who have successfully completed foreign language in high school may take a CLEP test in order to begin foreign language study at a level beyond 101. See advisor for additional information. Students who do not require the full two years of a foreign language must substitute transfer elective courses for the remaining credits. 3-14

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

Course Credits
ENG 111 3
MTH (see above) 3
History (I)  3
Social Science Elective (I) 3
Foreign Language (I) or Transfer Elective 3-4
Total Credits 16-17

First Year Spring

Course Credits
ENG 112 3
MTH (see above) 3
History (II) 3
Social Science Elective (II) 3
Foreign Language (II) or Transfer Elective  3-4
Total Credits 15-16

Second Year Fall

Course Credits
ENG (Literature) 3
Health/Physical Education 1
Humanities Elective (I) 3
Lab Science (I) 4
Foreign Language (III) 3
Transfer Elective 1-3
Total Credits 15-17

Second Year Spring

Course Credits
CST 100, 110, or 126 3
Health/Physical Education 1
Humanities Elective (II) 3
Lab Science (II) 4
Foreign Language (IV) 3
Total Credits 14

  1. Students should check with institutions to which they are considering transferring to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.
  2. Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.
  3. ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take ECO 120 cannot receive credit for either ECO 201 or ECO 202. Students who take either ECO 201 or ECO 202 cannot receive credit for ECO 120.
  4. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.
  5. Transfer elective credits must be selected from the Approved Transfer Electives List. See a counselor, a faculty advisor, or view transfer electives.

Students graduating from this program may be called upon to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.