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Liberal Arts - Writing
Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

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Strong writing skills are essential for success in many occupations. Students taking the "Writing" option will acquire writing skills of various kinds: creative, professional/technical, journalistic, and "transactional" (business, managerial, or "work-world"). Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours, selecting at least four courses from the list of 8 courses below -- which comprise the Writing "Major" (or Liberal Arts Writing Option).

ENG 205

Introduction to Journalism

3 credits

ENG 206

Journalism Workshop

3 credits

ENG 235

Creative Writing I

3 credits

ENG 236

Creative Writing II

3 credits

ENG 237

Advanced Writing Workshop

3 credits

ENG 238

Technical Writing

3 credits

ENG 240

Business Communication

3 credits

ENG 260

Scriptwriting

3 credits

 

What do students learn by studying Liberal Arts? 
A Liberal Arts education helps students develop strong and ordered minds as they explore the world’s collected wisdom in literature, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and the arts. It teaches them to recognize and construct arguments, to appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives, and to have a sense of humility about lives and minds that have gone before. Its emphasis on language helps students broaden their cultural perspective and become more aware of their own identity.

The courses comprising a liberal arts education at Middlesex are the core of all liberal arts programs at the bachelor’s level. Students may select the general degree, the most flexible of all our Liberal Arts programs, or one of the many specialized options.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfiedbefore taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.