Liberal Studies Pathway

Liberal Studies Pathway


The Liberal Arts Pathway is designed to provide broad exploration of social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts. Liberal studies course work gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of future career paths. This pathway emphasizes effective verbal and written communication, while promoting creative and critical thinking, and highlighting social responsibility.

ECC has an active student clubs on campus that participate and host numerous co-curricular activities throughout the year. Some examples are Student Media, National Association for Music Education, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association, and Rotaract.

Transfer Academic Programs/Bachelor’s Degrees (What’s Next?)

If you are undecided about your major or field of interest, but you know you want to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, or if you are considering a career program, we can suggest possibilities for your first semester of college to help you decide.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is making transferring from East Central College to any Missouri public college or university easier by identifying a common set of general education courses known as CORE 42. The Core 42 curriculum streamlines the transfer of college credit and reduces the need to retake courses already completed at another institution. More than 2,000 courses are included in the state curriculum.

The framework for Missouri’s CORE 42 is designed for students to obtain the basic competencies of Valuing, Managing Information, Communicating, and Higher-Order Thinking through the completion of at least 42-semester hours distributed across the broad Knowledge Areas of Communications, Humanities & Fine Arts, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Students obtain the competencies through completion of the CORE 42 in its entirety.

East Central College offers a 42 hour general education block of coursework that satisfies the Missouri Department of Higher Education General Education Core 42 Transfer model. In meeting this standard, students graduating from ECC with an AA degree and transferring to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri will enter the transfer institution at the junior level and will have satisfied the lower division general education requirement. Students completing their AA degree and transferring to public baccalaureate institutions are assured full acceptance of the general education coursework.

A student is required to demonstrate skills in each of the following Knowledge Areas listed below:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts