NMC offers an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree for students who seek to gain introductory knowledge and skills across a wide range of educational disciplines. The A.A. in Liberal Arts program requirements comprise of an arrangement of general college-level educational courses that:
1. provide students with a strong educational foundation and preparation for more specialized fields of study;
2. strengthen communication, analytical and critical thinking skills;
3. engage students with community issues and civic responsibilities and;
4. allow students the flexibility to explore and develop academic interests and career aspirations;
5. prepare students for transfer to a four-year college/university.
Northern Marianas College requires all students to complete a number of core courses in order to graduate with an Associate Degree. As indicated in the catalog these core courses are College Success (BE 111), Fundamentals of Speech Communication (CO 210), English Composition I (EN 101), Health and Nutrition (HE 150 or higher), Intermediate Algebra ( MA 132 or higher), Current Issues in the CNMI SO 297).Click HERE to view the Liberal Arts Individualized Degree Plan.
In addition to the core courses, NMC also requires the completion of a specified number of credits from each major disciplinary area. The following courses are required for the completing of the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree : English Composition II (EN 202), Performing or Visual Arts (any one of performing or visual arts courses), Introduction to Computer (CS 103 or higher), Literature or Philosophy (LI 150, 250, or 260; or PI 201), Language (CM101, CA 101, JA 101, SP 101, or SL 101), Principals of Democratic Institution (PS 110), Psychology (PY101), Principles of Biology (BI 101), Physical Science Course (any physical science course), Social Science (SO 101 or GE 201), Social Science History course (any one HI course), Physical Education (any one PE course). Click HERE to view information on the Liberal Arts program in the NMC Catalog online.
Recommended for Transfer Credit: MA 151, MA 161, Second Semester Language, HI 121, HI 122
Other Liberal Arts course from Biological, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Health, Athletics, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Languages, Humanities, Economics, and Computer Applications.
Open Electives: Not limited to introductory courses such as ED 211 Introduction to Teaching, MG 231 Introduction to Business, CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, NR 150 Introduction to Natural Resource Management.
A student will be initially assigned to the Liberal Arts Program Coordinator as their academic advisor. After a preliminary advising with the Program Coordinator will in turn assign an advisor in the Language and Humanities department, Science, Mathematics, Health and Athletics department, and Social Sciences and Fine Arts department. The student should make an appointment to meet with their advisor at least 3 times during the semester and more often if necessary. The advisor is available to assist you with your progress throughout the program. If you have academic difficulty in a course you should contact the instructor of the course. If the issue remains unresolved you may contact he department chairperson and/or the student counseling office. Click HERE to view a list of the Liberal Arts Program Advisors & Staff.
Students who request admission from another institution or readmission for completion of the program shall meet the equivalent of the program's current standards required of those currently enrolled. Students who request transfer credit from another institution to the Liberal Arts program must have a grade of “C” or better in Core courses and Recommended Transfer of Credits, and “D” or better for General Education course requirements.
The Northern Marianas College is a Land Grant Institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association for Schools and Colleges.