Liberal Arts, AA

Gain in-demand skills for college and career

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Locations to study
Online, St. Martin, Over-the-Rhine
3 yrs
Time to completion
Part-time students
Cost per credit hour
Credit hours required

Your foundation for a better future

Get further ahead in life with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree from Chatfield College. This degree is a great first step toward a promotion, a pay raise, a full-time job, or a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. Most students finish this program in 3 years, taking classes online or at our St. Martin or Over-the-Rhine campuses.

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Built to make lives better

You will succeed in this program by staying motivated by your personal goals and by genuinely desiring to become a lifelong learner. This program is ideal for:

  • Part-time workers who want greater stability through a promotion or a new, full-time job.
  • Students who want to start close to home before transferring to a larger school.

Gain skills for long-term success

When you graduate, you’ll possess skills that are vital to remaining successful throughout your life and career, including:

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Get personal support from tech-savvy teachers

You’ll develop real relationships with your Chatfield professors, who bring their professional and life experience and technology expertise to each lesson.

  • Go beyond the textbook to hear (and participate in) real-world scenarios our professors have experienced.
  • Become a well-rounded individual with a balance of academic and professional skills.
  • Immediately apply what you learn to your day-to-day life and work.

Classes you’ll take

To graduate, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours—39 credit hours of core courses and 21 credit hours of elective courses.

Core courses
  • Art/Music/Theater Elective
  • Capstone
  • College Algebra, Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning, OR Elements of Statistics
  • Composition
  • Cornerstone
  • History/Political Science Elective
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Introduction to Application Software, Introduction to Personal Computers, OR Web Design and Applications
  • Oral Communications OR Interpersonal Communications
  • Personal Economics, Microeconomics, OR Macroeconomics
  • Psychology/Sociology Elective
  • Religious Studies OR Philosophy Elective
  • Science Elective w/Lab

Elective courses + Pathways

Electives are any courses you choose that are not part of the core course requirements listed above. Pathways are optional (not required) groups of electives that can help you explore a subject you’re interested in, such as:

  • Business
  • Community Health Worker/Community Health Worker Plus
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Services
  • Nursing

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Opening the door to more

Earning your associate degree can help you stand out from those with only a high school diploma or GED.

You’ll make more money

Cincinnati Area Average Salary
High School/GED
Associate Degree
Source: Thomas B. Fordham Institute

You’ll have more career options

through 2026
Projected net growth of Ohio jobs requiring education beyond high school/GED.
Source: Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

You can transfer to more schools

Colleges and universities in Ohio that have transfer agreements with Chatfield.

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We’re crazy about you (in a good way)

We know lots of schools say they care about their students. We also know that no school supports its students quite like Chatfield does. Here are just some ways we’ll strengthen you as a Liberal Arts student.

Classes that fit your life

Have a job (or two)? Raising a family? Both? You’re just like most Chatfield students, which is why flexibility matters. Take classes on your schedule online or at our convenient campuses in St. Martin and Over-the-Rhine.

We're with you when life happens

Actively supporting our students’ lives in and out the classroom has always been important to us. At Chatfield, you’ll become part of a community that cares about what you’re going through and that will do all we can to support you.

A Degree You Can Be Proud Of

I will miss this beautiful campus and all of the wonderful instructors and faculty members who have supported me through this stage of my journey. Their efforts have pushed me to continue my education and given me the courage and confidence to set new goals and aim for the sky. I will be attending Mount Saint Joseph University in the spring to begin working on my bachelor's degree in Business Marketing.

-Courtney F., Chatfield Graduate