General Education Associates Degree

The Associate of Arts in General Education

This degree program is designed to introduce students to a broad range of subjects, including written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences. This foundation prepares students to continue their education toward earning their bachelor’s degree. 

Program Overview

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Education provides an educational foundation for students preparing for further undergraduate study at the bachelor’s level. You will graduate with a general understanding of written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences.

As a student, you will:

  • Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
  • Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
  • Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
  • Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
  • Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format or product.
  • Explain how knowledge from diverse cultural perspectives would affect one’s interpretation of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations.
  • 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 (watch the Guide to McCann's College Success)
    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)

  • Communications
  • 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
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Political Science/Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Social Work

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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