AA, General Education

The Associate of Arts in General Education

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Education is designed to introduce students to the challenges and to a broad range of subjects, including written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences, and natural sciences. The program’s outcomes emphasize key intellectual skills which transcend disciplinary boundaries and which are essential for the successful college undergraduate. Upon successful completion of the A.A. program, students will have a solid preparation for further undergraduate study at the bachelor’s level and for the baseline needs and expectations of the contemporary American workplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Written Fluency: Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
  • Oral Fluency: Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
  • Quantitative Fluency: Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
  • Applied Learning: Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product.
  • Global Cultures/Engaging Diverse Perspectives: Explain how knowledge from different cultural perspectives would affect one’s interpretation of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations.
  • Information Literacy: Evaluate and cite various information resources necessary to complete an academic research essay.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Associate of Arts in General Education may be achieved through Undergraduate Admission criteria “Degree Seeking Student Applicants” or by completion of the following requirements:

If you have less than 12 credits, you will need to request official High School, HiSET or GED transcripts and indicate the date of graduation on the application. You will also be required to take an Admission Examination.  If you have 12 or more transferable credits, your college transcripts will be used to determine eligibility.

0 - 11 transferable credits:

  1. High school diploma or GED equivalent
  2. Provide an official High School transcript indicating the date of graduation
  3. High school cumulative GPA of 2.0
  4. Pass admissions test in English and Math
    1. Successful completion of a transferable course to ENGU-103 or ENGU-104 (grade of C or higher) waives admissions test in English.
    2. Successful completion of a transferable course to MATU-103 or higher (grade of C or higher) waives admissions test in Math.

12 or more transferable credits:

  1. Provide ALL official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.  No admission exam or high school transcript are required.

Graduation Requirements – Associate of Arts

  • A minimum of 60 credits is required.
  • Completion of degree program requirements.
  • 15 lower division credits in residence.
  • 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived by the CSU or IGETC certification.
  • LBSU 100 and LBSU 105 cannot be satisfied in transfer.

A. Basic Skills (12 credits)

  • Written communication I (ENGU 103)
  • Written communication II (ENGU 104)
  • Quantitative Fluency (MATU 103)
  • Oral communication (COMU 101)

B. Breadth Requirements (24 credits)

Humanities: (9 credits from 3 different areas)

  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

Natural Sciences: (6 credits)

Social Sciences: (9 credits from three different areas)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

C. Liberal education foundations (6 credits)

These courses cannot be satisfied in transfer.

  • Student Success Strategies (LBSU 100)
  • Academic Foundations (LBSU 105)

D. Electives (18 credits)


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