Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

Think, create, and lead in a changing world.

Know where you’re going, but need to begin laying the groundwork to get there? Or are you still exploring possible fields of study? Austin Community College’s Liberal Arts programs provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers. You can earn transferable college credit as you examine the teachings of great philosophers, discover the earth’s geological secrets, or learn foundational theories of government. Guided by experienced, passionate faculty, the Liberal Arts path will expand both your knowledge base and your potential for success.


Credit Programs

  • Anthropology

    Examine past societies to learn about the present in ACC’s Anthropology Program. You’ll look at interactions between culture and biology, and their impact on human diversity. Students typically follow the pathway through the Anthropology and Archaeology Program, then transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

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  • Economics

    Economists examine how individuals, companies, and governments manage resources and distribute goods and services. This program gives you the tools needed to produce economic forecasts, reports, and business strategies. Students typically transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this program.

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  • English

    Bring your ideas to life with concise and sharp writing. ACC’s English Program will help you build the literary, grammar, and communication skills employers want, plus emerging skills like search engine optimization (SEO) and technical writing. Typically, graduates of this program transfer to a four-year university.

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  • Foreign Language

    Mastering another language helps us better understand and respect the uniqueness of different cultures. Language proficiency also improves your competitiveness in the job market and opens new career opportunities. ACC offers degrees in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Language majors typically progress toward a transfer to a four-year institution.

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  • General Studies in Arts

    General education provides a strong foundation

    Students who are uncertain of their career plans can use General Studies in Arts for a broad college education. You’ll learn to think critically and analytically, write effectively, and problem-solve. Faculty advisors can help you create a plan designed for either university transfer or entering the workforce.

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  • Geography

    Geographers examine the world and ways we interact with it. In this program, you’ll learn to analyze how the physical processes that shaped the earth also affect its populations and cultures. Students in this program typically transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

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  • Government

    Students in ACC’s Government Program explore how we govern ourselves, how elections work, and how policy decisions are made. Courses prepare students for engaged citizenship and transfer to a four-year college or university.

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  • History

    Historians broaden our understanding of the world by objectively viewing civilizations and our own national and state heritage. Students explore events that shaped the world and examine important historical questions. This path typically leads to a transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    This program teaches you how culture, history, politics, civil society, religion, science, and technology are connected. With paths in American Studies, Mexican-American/Chicano Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies, this degree gives you tools to succeed in variety of professions and prepares you for transfer to a four-year university.

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  • Philosophy

    As a student of philosophy, you’ll pursue an understanding yourself, the world around you, and the relationship between the two. This program teaches you to analyze ideas, assess claims, and articulate what you think and why. Studies typically lead to a transfer to a bachelor’s program at a four-year institution.

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  • Psychology

    Psychologists examine the brain’s role in behavior, thinking skills, language, and physical movement. This program helps you examine important questions of human psychology as well as social, cross-cultural, and gender perspectives. This path typically leads to transfer to a four-year institution.

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  • Sociology

    Sociology seeks to answer questions about human nature through the study of cultural and social dynamics. Students in this program learn to identify social dynamics that aren’t immediately apparent. The program has a strong emphasis on social justice that will build your skills for navigating the world as you prepare to transfer to a four-year college.

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Continuing Education Programs

  • Continuing Education
    No continuing education courses available.

Flexible Options

Distance Learning

Convenient online classes anywhere an internet connection is available.

Study Abroad

Travel, learn, and earn credit that counts toward your ACC degree.

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Liberal Arts Institute

Get the college experience in a one-year learning community for first-year liberal arts students.

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Cassie F. Liberal Arts Graduate
format_quote I have gone from graduating high school by the skin of my teeth to having the kind of GPA that makes me competitive for some of the top master’s programs in the country! If you want to be surrounded by people who follow their dreams and create a better future for themselves, go to ACC."
Cassie F.
Major: Government