Liberal Arts Program

Liberal Arts - Associate of Arts & Certificate

Liberal Arts GraphicThe Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and the General Studies - Michigan Transfer Agreement Certificate are designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer general education requirements in a supportive, small classroom environment in a cost-efficient manner. The knowledge, experience, and skills obtained to become the stepping stone for a successful transition into a larger institution.

Degree Program

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Certificate Program

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Curriculum Map - General Studies

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts is a two-year degree program with 62 – 67 credit hours required. The Michigan Transfer Agreement must be met to earn this degree. Students must also complete at least 9 approved elective credits in one concentration area. This degree provides a strong foundation of general education requirements in preparation for transfer. 

MTA Certificate

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) has been created in an effort to increase the transferability of core college courses between community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in Michigan. Originally called the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Agreement, the MTA was implemented in the fall of 2014. To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits of coursework in six defined areas with at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. 

More information on the MTA can be found here:

Minimum MTA requirements are as follows:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or one course in Communications
  • Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
  • Two courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
  • One course in Mathematics that should be satisfied by an entry-level college course

Contact Us

To learn more about the Associate of Arts or Certificate, contact Rick Elder, Department Chair:Rick Elder Headshot

Email:  [email protected]
Office Phone: (906) 248-8468



See What Our Students are Saying about the Liberal Arts Program

“I would highly recommend Bay Mills Community College to anyone looking to further their education. My time at BMCC pursuing my Associate's degree was a dynamic and engaging experience. As a first-generation college student, I truly appreciated the one-on-one attention I received. In and out of the classroom, the knowledgeable instructors and support staff were nothing short of amazing. I also had access to services that helped me gain the study skills I needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. I worked closely with my Advisor, TRIO coach, and the Academics department to stay on track with my degree plan the entire time I was there. This helped by ensuring almost all of the classes I took transferred to the university. BMCC was a great place to build a solid educational foundation to help prepare me for my next step as a transfer student at Lake Superior State University. As I pursue a career as a Registered Nurse, my BMCC experience will surely contribute to my future success in the medical field.” 
-- Crystal Green, 2016 Graduate, transferred to Lake Superior State University for Nursing

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