Academic Catalog 2013-2014 
    Sep 23, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts: General Studies

The Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies combines general education and elective courses, offering a solid foundation for a faith-based liberal arts education. The AA coursework is offered in evening and online formats. This accelerated program allows for greater freedom in choosing courses that meet the unique scheduling needs of working adults. It also provides students the general education requirements necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree, with the exception of education and nursing/health care programs, and the Psychology and Biblical Studies majors.  Please refer to specific program catalog pages for General Education and Liberal Arts requirements for these programs.

The AA requires a total of 60 credit hours for graduation, which includes 48 credit hours of general education and 12 semester hours of elective credit. Prior college, military, and technical credits can be used toward the AA degree. Students may transfer in a maximum of 45 credit hours (75% of the AA degree requirements). Students may take a maximum of 15 credit hours of 300 and 400 level courses in the AA degree program.

Depending upon how many hours are taken each semester, it is possible for a student with no previous college courses to complete an AA in as little as 18 months. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

The Associate of Arts in General Studies requires completion of the following:
General Education (48 hours)
Electives (12 hours)

General Education Core (48 credit hours)

Communications - (9 credit hours)

Written Communication

Oral Communication

Humanities - (12 credit hours)

Choose courses from at least 2 different disciplines:

History, Behavioral & Social Sciences - (12 credit hours)

Choose at least one history and one behavioral/social science course:

Mathematics - (3 credit hours)

Natural Science - (3 credit hours)

While open to all CAGS students, the Biology Lab is not required for the AA General Studies degree, nor for Business/Technology majors.  Labs cannot be taken as stand alone courses to fulfill this requirement

Computer Science - (3 credit hours)

Only courses completed within the past 5 years will be accepted to complete the General Education core requirement.

Graduation Requirements for Associate of Arts Degree

The faculty recommends students in the AA in General Studies to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 60 credit hours as specified in the course requirements listed above. (A maximum of 15 credit hours of 300/400 level courses.)
  2. A letter grade of D or better in all courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all CCU coursework.
  3. Meet the CCU Residency requirements. 
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.