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Humanities, Arts, Communications and Languages


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Explore the General Studies program disciplines in the Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages (HACL) areas, complete your associate’s degree,  and pursue a degree path to continue your academic career at a four-year college or university.

A General Studies HACL degree prepares you for diverse transfer opportunities and begins your journey toward multiple career options. As a General Studies HACL student, you will develop essential job skills in critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving, interpersonal communication, time management, and technical knowledge while studying an area of your choice.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Identify the contributions of significant global thinkers and/or artists to ongoing intellectual debates.
  • Discuss moral, social, and political issues from a critical, interdisciplinary, global perspective.
  • Recognize and discuss a range of cultural perspectives.
  • Communicate complex ideas using multiple modes of effective communication, including digital, written, oral and graphic communication.
  • Utilize and apply methods of multi-disciplinary inquiry from the humanities, communication, art, and languages in response to a problem, task, or experience.
  • Reflect on and assess their own learning as it applies to themselves as scholars and engaged citizens rooted in the humanities, arts, communication, and languages.
Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

This degree is available as a Z-Degree—no textbook purchases required. (Learn more about Z-degrees).


As a General Studies HACL major, you will complete a minimum of 60 credits including General Education Requirements, 15 credits from any of the HACL Discipline courses (including 1 200 level course), and electives. In the degree, you will also complete a minimum of 15 credits at the 200 level, in total. You can pursue a specific area of focus or design your own focus.

Areas of Focus

Choose a discipline option below to learn more about suggested courses, program advising, transfer opportunities, and career information.

*Please meet with your counseling advisor and/or instructional advisor for more guidance.

Design Your Own Focus

Using the course sequence below as a starting point, meet with a general studies program advisor to choose your courses and design your own focus. 

Suggested Course Sequence

The suggested course sequence is listed below for General Studies: Humanities, Arts, Communications and Languages

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

  • English Foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF) ‡
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • HACL Core Course 1 3 semester hours
  • Natural Sciences Distribution with Lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡

Third Semester

  • Arts Distribution 3 semester hours(ARTD)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • HACL Core Course 2 3 semester hours
  • HACL Core Course 3 3 semester hours
  • General Education Institutional Requirement 3 semester hours (GEIR)

Fourth Semester

  • HACL Core Course 4 3 semester hours
  • HACL Core Course 5 3 semester hours
  • Elective 2 semester hours ‡‡ 
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡ 
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡ 

* ENGL 101/ENGL 011, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or select an elective.

**  Behavioral and social sciences distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡ Students should attempt ENGL and MATH foundation requirements within completion of the first 24 credits of college-level work or at the completion of any prerequisite or required non-credit coursework.

‡‡ Any credit hours beyond the minimum General Education credit hours (31) or core courses are counted toward elective credit hours.

NOTE: Exact semester credit counts may vary based on specific course selections.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Related Programs and Courses

Related Degrees

In addition to General Studies - HACL, MC offers degrees in the following related areas. 

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new. 

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