Student Success

The average retention rate for new students entering the Liberal Arts Associate Degree program is 59%. “Retention” here means that students entering the program in a fall semester have remained enrolled at WMCC the following fall.
The graduation rate for students in the Liberal Arts Associate Degree program is 27% within three years.  Both full-time and part-time students are included in this percentage.  (Because WMCC is a two-year school, the standard federal reporting window for graduation rates is three years, or 150% of the time it would take for a full-time student to complete a two-year Associate Degree.)
Students in the Liberal Arts program start at WMCC often to lay a foundation for higher education and then transfer out. Fully 38% of Liberal Arts students transfer to another college or university, 28% to four-year institutions and 10% to other two-year colleges. These students transfer their WMCC credits to their destination college, credits that give them advanced standing in their new program of study. Top four-year destinations include Plymouth State University, Granite State College, Southern NH University, and the University of NH; top choices of major include Education, Information Technology, and Psychology. WMCC students who transfers to other two-year colleges often go to another CCSNH institution to study programs not available at WMCC, such as Dental Hygiene, Mechanical Engineering, Radiology, and Electrical Systems Installation & Maintenance.


Enroll in an affordable college program, improve your education, choose a career pathway, and then transfer to a four-year college or university. Such a plan is wise and popular, and our Liberal Arts program is the place to put it to action. Students can simultaneously earn a WMCC degree and complete the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree, saving money in the process. Let us help to get you started today.

This Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree program offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program.  In this flexible program, students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer.  Working with an advisor, students design a program of study that best prepares them for transfer, identifying early in the process potential four-year colleges and universities to attend. 

Upon completion of the program

WMCC’s Liberal Arts program gives students an academic background sufficient  to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program. It also  provides a foundation for the acquisition of skills and abilities essential for jobs requiring a broader base of arts and sciences.

Students may start this degree program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Graduates of the program must master five general outcomes designed to prepare them to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing world. These outcomes include an ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally;
  • Explore diverse ideas and emotions, as expressed through the various academic disciplines
  • Evaluate events, institutions, historical trends, social systems, and creative works of art
  • Perform mathematical operations basic to functioning in present and future disciplines or occupations and to prepare for further education;
  • Engage in scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively, formulating questions and producing answers to problems related to the human condition and technology.

Program available in Berlin, Littleton, and North Conway.

Associate in Arts Degree

Course RequirementsCredits
Academic Readiness1
College Composition4
Humanities/Fine Arts/Language9
Lab Science7-8
Liberal Arts Electives12-15
Open Electives9
Social Science9
TotalMinimum 60 credits
Associate in Arts Degree
First Year
Fall Semester CLLABCR
ACAD105WAcademic Readiness101


College Composition404
 Spring Semester  CLLAB CR 
 Total credits for year = Minimum of 30 credits

Second Year
Fall Semester CLLABCR
Spring Semester CLLABCR
 Totalsvariesvaries 15-18
 Total credits for year = Minimum of 30 credits
 Total for A.S. Degree=Minimum of 60 credits

*Permission of instructor in the program

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply mathematical models and concepts to problems and situations.
  • Think critically to solve problems, evaluate information, and interpret data.
  • Use scientific method in and out of the laboratory.
  • Use oral and written English to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Explore diverse ideas to evaluate the effect of events, institutions, social systems, historical trends, and creative works of art on humanity and the world
  • Engage in scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively, formulating questions and producing answers to problems related to the human condition and technology
  • Explore academic discipline options for transfer to 4 year colleges and universities.

  • John Achorn

    Dr. John Achorn

    Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design
    Professor of English / Department Chair, Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design


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