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Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts

Why Earn Your Liberal Arts Degree at Saint Leo University?

Liberal arts students make connections across broad fields of study. They think creatively and critically, learn the nuances of human behavior, and understand the cultural values driving societies.

As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida, Saint Leo University has a century-long tradition of seeking balanced growth in mind, body, and spirit for students of all faiths. Rooted in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, the University creates a student-centered environment in which a love of learning is of prime importance.

Our 16:1 student-teacher ratio at University Campus is just another reason why Saint Leo is ranked one of the top universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

 

The associate of arts degree is a broad, liberal-arts-based degree program that lays the foundation for critical and independent thinking, and for further study in a variety of disciplines.

Learning Experience:
Campus Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
60 hours

Undergraduate Liberal Arts Program Details

Take a common core of courses in the social and natural sciences, humanities, fine arts, religion and philosophy. Attend lectures by noted intellectuals like filmmaker Ralph Clemente and historical novelist Ron Hansen. Contribute to Saint Leo's literary magazine Sandhill Review, and to Empiricus: The Sunshine Journal for Collaborative Undergraduate Research. As a Liberal Arts student at Saint Leo, you will deepen your capacity for critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and learn to participate effectively in the global community.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Liberal Arts students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your liberal arts degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering liberal arts degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Classroom learning is only part of the liberal arts degree program at Saint Leo University. We also know the value of hands-on experience. That is why internships and research projects are built into the curriculum. Saint Leo has a strong relationship with many internship organizations across the country, including Boys & Girls Club and Head Start, in addition to other programs for aging, autism, addiction, clinical research, children’s services, victim advocacy, and workforce development. 

    Plus, our Career Services center is always available to help connect you with a variety of other experiential learning opportunities to fit your individual career goals.

What can you do with an undergraduate liberal arts degree?

Graduates launch careers in business, government and social service agencies. The interdisciplinary program also provides a strong foundation for further study in a more focused area.

What are the top liberal arts degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Sales Associate 7% (As fast as average) $52,180 per year
Human Resources Assistant 10% (As fast as average) $44,170 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo liberal arts graduates now? 

Our alumni are spread all over the world! You can find recent liberal arts grads continuing their education at renowned schools such as Hofstra University, William & Mary Law School, University of Southern Mississippi, Adler Institute, and New York University.

College of Arts & Sciences

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.

    Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

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