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Liberal Studies - Certificate (7166)

Do you want to complete your Freshman year close to home at an affordable price before transferring to a four-year college or university? HACC's Liberal Studies certificate allows you to complete 30 credits, or one year, of general education courses that will transfer to any four-school you would choose!

Our certificate is designed to prepare you to transfer your credits to a four-year college or university in order to earn a Baccalaureate degree in any major you choose. This certificate allows you to complete standard general education courses and establish a record of college-level academic success. This may place you in a better position to gain entry into selective-admission four-year schools, as well as in receiving academic scholarships. Also, this program allows you to explore various majors while you are taking these general education courses before transferring.

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Our Liberal Studies certificate consists of courses that are commonly required of all students, regardless of the major you would select, at most four-year institutions. Completion of this certificate demonstrates that you would have a foundational knowledge in a broad range of academic areas.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Conduct college-level mathematical computations and analyses
  • Create and express ideas in writing in a clear, organized manner appropriate for the intended audience
  • Construct and orally present information appropriate to one's audience
  • Access, evaluate and cite sources to meet information needs
  • Describe the patterns and processes that shape the living and non-living natural world derived from experiment and observation
  • Describe human behavior and interaction involving the educational, political, economic, geographical, historical, anthropological, psychological, or sociological factors that influence individual and social growth and development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fine art, the performing arts, literature, foreign language or philosophy
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Our certificate program is designed to prepare you to transfer to any four-year college or university.

You may complete our Liberal Studies certificate at the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York campuses through on-campus/in-person instruction. You may also complete this program at our Gettysburg Campus through various modalities (e.g., on-campus/in-person instruction, hybrid, synchronous remote instruction and/or asynchronous instruction).

Yes! We offer many scholarships through the HACC Foundation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements. To learn how to apply, please visit

You can apply for the Liberal Studies certificate anytime by submitting your application on our website. We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. Please include the program code 7166, which is unique to Liberal Studies with your application. This code will ensure you apply for the correct program.


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