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Associate of Arts

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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.

 

 

Communications (9 required credit hours)

COM 150 Public Speaking* 3 credits
ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits

 

Humanities (8 required credit hours)
One (1) literature course from the following 3 courses must be taken:

ENG 201, 233, or 234 4 credits
AND the following course must be taken:
HUM 101 Modern Culture and the Arts* 4 credits

 

Social Science (16 required credit hours)
The following courses must be taken:

ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology*  4 credits
HIST 201 U.S. History I: European Colonization to 1877*  4 credits
HIST 202 U.S. History II: Reconstruction to the Present*  4 credits
AND
PSY 101 Psychology* or SOC 120 Principles of Sociology*  4 credits

 

Natural Science (12 required credit hours)
8 credit hours of science must be taken in courses with the same prefix.
Select the 8 credit hours from the following sciences:

BIO 121 General Biology I* AND BIO 122 General Biology II* 8 credits
OR
CHEM 133 General Chemistry I* AND CHEM 134 General Chemistry II* 8 credits
OR
PHYS 251 Physics I* AND PHYS 252 Physics I Lab*
AND
PHYS 253 Physics II* AND PHYS 254 Physics II Lab* 10 credits

 

One (1) Mathematics course from the following 6 courses must be taken:

MATH 105 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers* 4 credits
MATH 117 Finite Mathematics*  4 credits
MATH 151 College Algebra*  4 credits
MATH 161 Calculus I and Analytic Geometry*  4 credits
MATH 162 Calculus II and Analytic Geometry*  4 credits
MATH 201 Introduction to Statistics*  4 credits

 

Elective Courses (17 credit hours)
Select any 17 hours from the following courses:

ART 104–253 3 credits
Note specific course prerequisites for studio courses selected
ART 100 Art Appreciation*  4 credits
ART 160, 260 Photography courses*  3 credits
ART 220 History of Art I*  4 credits
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 credits
BIO 120 Biology*  4 credits
BIO 125 Environment and Society*  3 credits
BIO 201 Ecology*  4 credits
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I*  4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II*  4 credits
BIO 212 Pathophysiology*  4 credits
BIO 230 Microbiology*  4 credits
CHEM 130 Chemistry*  4 credits
CIS 101 Introduction to Computers & Software*  4 credits
CIS 117 Visual Basic Programming for Microcomputers*  3 credits
COM 110 Interpersonal Communications*  3 credits
COM 140 General Communications: Speech*  3 credits
ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Micro)*  4 credits
ECON 204 Principles of Economics (Macro)*  4 credits
ENG 201, 233, or 234  4 credits
ENG 126 Introduction to Creative Writing*  3 credits
GEOG 142 Physical Geography*  4 credits
GEOL 145 Physical Geology*  4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I: Ancient World to 1715*  4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II: Europe c. 1700 to Present*  4 credits
LNG 161, 162, 163, or 261  4 credits
MUS 150 Music Appreciation*  4 credits
PHED 106 Wellness and Life Style*  2 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics*  4 credits
PHIL 230 Introduction to Philosophy*  3 credits
PHYS 144 Astronomy*  4 credits
PSI 110 American Government and Political Science*  4 credits
PSY 201 Psychology and 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
REL 231, 232, or 233  4 credits
SOC 121 Modern Social Problems*  4 credits
SOC 220 Marriage and Family*  4 credits
Total: 62 Credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

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

NOTE: Anyone beginning the Associate of Arts Degree at Glen Oaks in the Fall, 1990 or later must complete MACRAO requirements in order to qualify for the degree.

Effective: Fall 2011
Current/Updated: 3/17/16

 

 

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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