What is a degree option?
In addition to our general Liberal Arts degree, GCC offers concentrations of study in Liberal Arts options with graduation requirements that prepare you to major in a specific academic field upon transfer to a four-year institution. Students enrolled in a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts” (your area of study will be reflected in your transcript, not your diploma).
By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals.
All of our options are eligible for MassTransfer, which guarantees admission, full transfer of credit, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA) to graduates who transfer to eligible programs in the Massachusetts higher education system.
Liberal Arts options
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Farm and Food Systems
- Food Science
- Gender and Women’s Studies
- Global Interdisciplinary Studies
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Human Services
- Plant and Soil Science
- Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency
- Science-Math Education
- Social Sciences