Associate in Arts Degree
The Associate in Arts degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The Associate in Arts degree includes the transferable General Education Core Curriculum and the lower-division major field core courses recommended by the Illinois Articulation Initiative.
Lewis and Clark offers A.A. degree program majors in the following areas of study: Accounting, Architecture, Anthropology, Art, Audiology, Business, Computer Management Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, English, Exercise Science, Geography, Foreign Language, Community/Public Health, History, Human Services, Literature, Mathematics, Mass Communications, Marketing, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Speech Pathology, and Speech Communication. If you plan on majoring in one of these at a four-year institution, you should work closely with your academic advisor to verify the program requirements and course transferability at the institution you plan on attending.
Online and Web-Blended Learning Option: Lewis and Clark offers an Associate in Arts degree option which enables the student to complete most of the required coursework by combining online and/or Web-blended courses. (Note: some courses may require on-campus visits.) If you are interested in pursuing this degree option, please contact an Academic Advisor for assistance with course selection.
General Education Requirements: 37 Credit Hours
Communications (9 Credit Hours)
Three courses must be selected from the general education core list: a two-course sequence in writing (with grade of “C” or better) and one course in oral communications.
Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)
One course must be selected from the Mathematics general education core list.
Physical & Life Sciences (7 Credit Hours)
Two courses must be selected with at least one course being a lab science course. In addition, one course must be selected from the life science group and one course must be selected from the physical science group. See general education core list.
Humanities & Fine Arts (9 Credit Hours)
Three courses must be selected with at least one course being a western culture course. In addition, at least one course must be selected from the humanities group and one course must be selected from the fine arts group. Note: A.A. degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities/fine arts or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.
Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 Credit Hours)
Three courses must be selected from at least two disciplines (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC). Note: A.A. degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities/fine arts or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.
Human Relations Requirement
Students must satisfy the State of Illinois human relations course requirement by successfully completing one of the following courses as part of the 37 General Education credit hours:
Humanities/Fine Arts courses:
Social/Behavioral Science courses:
Major Field and Elective Course Requirements: 20 Credit Hours
Elective Course Requirements
Additional Associate in Arts Requirement: 3 Credit Hours
One course must be selected from either of the two options listed below:
Any additional course with the following prefix and a PCS of 1.1: ART, HUMN, LITT, MUSI, PHIL.
Although one course in a foreign language will satisfy this requirement, it is recommended that students complete two courses in the same language.
Students must complete 15 semester credit hours of the degree at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement
2.00 minimum GPA at L&C
Total Credit Hours Required: 60 Credit Hours