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Associate of Arts

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who desire a rigorous liberal arts education that emphasizes depth of intellectual and academic experience. This degree is designed for students whose educational interests are in the humanities, the creative and performing arts, and the social sciences. The degree can provide the basis for career advancement or for further study. Because transfer credit and degree requirements vary widely, it is important to consult with an advisor if you plan to transfer to a college or university.
Associates of Arts Degree meets MTA requirements

Communications

ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 credits
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3 credits
COM 150 Public Speaking* OR 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits

 

Humanities (choose 2 courses from 2 different prefixes)

ART 100 Art Appreciation* 4 credits
ART 220 History of Art I* 4 credits
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 credits
ENG 201 Women in Literature* 4 credits
ENG 233 Children’s Literature* 4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I* 4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II* 4 credits
HUM 101 Modern Culture & the Arts* 4 credits
HUM 234 World Mythologies* 4 credits
LNG 161 Spanish I 4 credits
LNG 162 Spanish II* 4 credits
LNG 163 Spanish III* 4 credits
LNG 261 Spanish IV* 4 credits
MUS 150 Music Appreciation* 4 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 credits
PHIL 230 Philosophy* 3 credits
REL 231 Comparative Religion* 4 credits
REL 232 Old Testament* 4 credits
REL 233 New Testament* 4 credits

 

Mathematics (choose 1):

MATH 117 Finite Math* 4 credits
MATH 151 College Math* 4 credits
MATH 161 Calculus I & Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 162 Calculus II & Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 201 Statistics* 4 credits

 

Natural Science (choose 2 courses from 2 different prefixes – 1 must have a lab):

BIO 101 Human Biology* 3 credits
BIO 110 Biological Form and Function* 3 credits
BIO 120 Biology* 4 credits
BIO 121 Cellular Biology* 4 credits
BIO 122 Organismal Biology* 4 credits
BIO 125 Environment and Society* 3 credits
BIO 201 Ecology* 4 credits
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BIO 212 Pathophysiology* 4 credits
BIO 220 General Genetics* 3 credits
BIO 230 Microbiology* 4 credits
CHEM 130 Chemistry* 4 credits
CHEM 133 General Chemistry I* 4 credits
CHEM 134 General Chemistry II* 4 credits
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
GEOG 142 Physical Geography* 4 credits
GEOL 145 Physical Geology* 4 credits
PHYS 144 Astronomy* 4 credits
PHYS 251 Physics I* 5 credits
PHYS 253 Physics II* 5 credits

 

Social Science (choose 2 courses from 2 different prefixes):

ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Micro)*  4 credits
ECON 204 Principles of Economics (Macro)*  4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I*  4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II *  4 credits
HIST 201 U.S. History I* 4 credits
HIST 202 U.S. History II* 4 credits
HIST 204 History of Michigan* 4 credits
PSI 110 American Gov. and Political Science* 4 credits
PSI 111 State & Local Government* 3 credits
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 201 Psychology & Personality* 3 credits
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development* 4 credits
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 250 Human Sexuality* 4 credits
PSY 260 Social Psychology* 4 credits
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology* 4 credits
SOC 121 Modern Social Problems* 4 credits
SOC 220 Marriage & Family* 4 credits

 

Elective Courses
Minimum of 30 elective credit hours as needed to reach 60 total credits

Total: 60 Credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

NOTE: No courses under the 100 level will be accepted toward this degree.

Tuition is calculated by contact hours per semester.

Current/Updated: 7/20/20

What can I do with my degree?

Degree Information

The Associate of Arts (AA)
degree is designed for students
desiring a rigorous liberal arts
education that emphasizes depth
of intellectual and academic
experience. The 62-credit degree
is designed for students whose
educational interests are in the
humanities, the creative and
performing arts, and the social
sciences. The degree provides
the basis for career advancement
or for further study. Because
transfer credit and degree
requirements vary widely, it is
important to consult with an
advisor to assure credits will
transfer to the desired program at
the transfer school.

Approximately half the students seeking a higher education in America enroll in community colleges or technical institutes. More than 70 percent of all college freshmen take community college classes in order to complete the “core courses” required in your first two years at a university. By doing so, students save in tuition costs, while enjoying smaller class sizes and attentive instructors.

The Associate of Arts degree is typically pursued when transfer to a college or university is likely. For those achieving an Associate of Arts or other transfer degree programs, Glen Oaks Community College has “articulation” and “joint transfer” agreements with area colleges in a number of programs. GOCC advisors can help students understand a target university’s requirements and choose courses that will transfer.

However, students don’t have to participate in an articulation agreement to make a successful transfer. As long as one researches the requirements, plans ahead and meets with a GOCC advisor to discuss academic and career plans, one can transfer to just about any college in the country. In fact, GOCC graduates have successfully transferred their courses to over 54 colleges and universities since 2008.


Transfer Advising

GOCC offers courses which are helpful toward the achievement of many college and university programs of study. Frequently, students secure an associate degree on the way to their bachelor’s degree. Transfer curriculum guides are available for the most popular programs and for many colleges. Transfer guides, which list courses at GOCC that will transfer to a particular school in a specific major, are available in Student Services.

Regular Advising Appointments

The College recommends regular advising appointments to assure the best possible transfer of credits. Completion of core courses at GOCC for this degree qualifies students for the MACRAO Agreement (See GOCC catalog). The MACRAO Agreement is generally not available to students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Business, Allied Health, Nursing, Social Work or Technology.

GOCC students have the advantage of a community college “start” before going to a college or university. GOCC advisors have curriculum guides listing courses that transfer for many specific programs and work closely with four-year institutions to stay current on transfer information which can impact GOCC students.

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