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Liberal Education

Start your college career here at Normandale, where you’ll find excellent core liberal arts courses offered at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university. 

For example, here’s the cost per year, on average, for a Minnesota resident taking 30 credits. Cost includes tuition and fees only for academic year 21-22, not books or other expenses.  

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: $15,368 

Normandale Community College: $6200 

Here’s great news: You’ll save an estimated $9,000 per year by taking your required liberal arts courses at Normandale.  

When you graduate with an associate’s degree, you’ll be ready to start your junior year at the seven Minnesota State universities, or at the U of M, where you can pursue your bachelor’s degree.

Where Will Liberal Arts Take You?

With an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Normandale, you’ll be well prepared to seamlessly continue your college education at a four-year Minnesota State university, at the University of Minnesota, at many metro area private universities, and several regional universities in neighboring states. 

Earn a liberal arts associate’s degree, then pursue many different fields of study—everything from biology to art to psychology to creative writing. These are all categorized as liberal arts degrees, and there are many others.  

Graduates have the flexibility to pursue careers in many industries, and they have adaptable skills that employers are looking for. 

What Makes Our Liberal Arts Program Unique?

Normandale is one of a select number of community colleges that offers a comprehensive liberal arts degree whose credits seamlessly transfer using the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). This general education portion, and additional elective courses (including Health and Exercise Science), make up a total of 60 college credits.  

Liberal Education Program Basics

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