Notre Dame College Offers Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies Beginning Fall 2019

Notre Dame College is now offering an associate’s degree in liberal studies onsite in addition to its online associate’s degree in business management.

Beginning in fall 2019, eligible students at the College who complete 60 credit hours can earn an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies. This new degree program imparts to students a breadth of knowledge in a variety of liberal arts topics, ranging from English to math to public speaking, and prepares them to pursue additional education at the bachelor’s level either at Notre Dame or a transfer institution.

The associate’s degree, which can be earned in as little as two years full time at the College, provides a solid base for future studies in virtually any college discipline and presents students with the general education, communication capabilities and critical-thinking skills needed to work in a variety of fields.

The degree also is an option for students who may be undecided in a college major. Those enrolled in the degree program can select any core course and complete a capstone liberal studies assessment in it as a means to explore future areas for a potential bachelor’s degree. While the associate’s degree does not require an internship, the program does offers students the opportunity to utilize internship work experience in a field of their choosing to fulfill a portion of the 60-credit-load requirement.

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies credits are drawn from coursework across Notre Dame’s core curriculum areas of engaged responsibility; global learning; written and oral communication fluency; creative, quantitative, literary, philosophical, scientific and theological inquiry; and courses deriving from a students intended bachelor’s degree major, minor or concentrations.

To be awarded an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies at Notre Dame, students who apply and are accepted to the College must:

  • Earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit
  • Complete the Notre Dame core curriculum courses, a total of 30 credits, except for Theology 450 and Philosophy 480
  • Earn a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Attend Notre Dame for at least two semesters
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits of coursework at the College

The College also offers an Associates in Arts with a major in business management. The program requires 64 credit hours for completion and is available only online at this time.

To learn more about the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, contact Ken Palko, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities, at Notre Dame at Additional information on the Associate of Arts in Business Management is available online at

April 2019


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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