Pre-Liberal Arts Academy

Pre-Liberal Arts Academy

See Where Liberal Arts Can Take You

Jump-start your college education by starting college credit classes early with Kirkwood! No matter what you choose as your undergraduate major, nearly every degree program requires students to take some general education courses like those offered by the Arts & Sciences Academy, so dive in!

Although rare, students who complete enough credits of Liberal Arts courses with Kirkwood through Concurrent Enrollment options like Kirkwood Career Academies may be awarded an associate's degree by the time they graduate high school!

Even if you don't complete all of the credit courses required for a Kirkwood degree, you'll be that much closer to your certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree after completing the Arts & Sciences Academy.

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ART-101 | Art Appreciation | 3 credits

Provides an overview of Art from a historical, contemporary, and aesthetic frame of reference. Recommended for non-Art majors.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


BIO-154 | Human Biology | 3 credits

Examines how human form and function work together to maintain homeostatic balance, and how dysfunctions can lead to disease processes. Explores fundamental biological principles as they apply to the human body. This course is intended for Liberal Arts students who do not currently plan to major in the biological or health sciences.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


ENG-105 & ENG-106 | Composition I and II | 3 credits each

Composition I develops expository writing with emphasis on organization, supporting details, style, vocabulary and library research skills.
Composition II teaches precise and responsible use of research tools. Requires critical analysis of reading materials, audience and self when communicating content material. Develops ability to use effective and ethical arguments.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


MAT-157 | Statistics | 4 credits

Focuses on descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, standard deviation and variance) and introduces correlation and linear regression. Emphasizes inferential statistics and probability distributions as applied to confidence intervals, hypothesis testing of means and proportions, and applications to business and other fields. Prereq: qualifying college level math placement score.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


MMS-101 | Mass Media | 3 credits

Surveys the field of mass communications. Takes the theoretical position that mass communication is a social system, considering the functions, structure and performance of the individual medium, as well as the auxiliaries.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


PSY-111 | Introduction to Psychology | 3 credits

Introduces the scientific study of mental processes and behavior with emphasis on the nervous system, learning and memory, cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence, stress, psychological disorders and therapy, and social influence. Stresses roles of both theory and empirical evidence in describing, explaining and predicting behavior. Encourages critical thinking about research methods and ethics. Prereq: qualifying college level reading placement score.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


SPC-101 | Fundamentals of Oral Communication | 3 credits

Studies basic communication theory and practice including communication process, interpersonal relationships, small group interaction and public speaking.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


SOC-110 | Introduction to Sociology | 3 credits

Surveys the basic principles, concepts, research strategies, and empirical findings representative of the field today. Examines the range of sociological thought, identifies areas of specialization within the discipline and establishes a basis for further study in the field.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Courses in the Arts & Sciences Academy are meant to provide a basic understanding on a variety of topics while improving your college readiness, study habits, critical thinking, and other "soft" skills.

Liberal Arts courses may not lead you directly to a specific career field, but they make your resume or college applications stand out above the rest!

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.