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Associate in Arts - ARTS.AA


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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
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Audiology
  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Health - Community/Public Health
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Mass Communications
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Communication
  • Speech Pathology

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 total: two courses in writing (with grade of “C” or better) and one course in oral communications. See general education core list.

Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)


One course total: choose a course appropriate to your major. Check with your advisor to ensure the appropriate course is being selected. See general education core list.

Physical & Life Sciences (7 Credit Hours)


Two courses total: one from the life sciences group and one from the physical sciences group. In addition, one of the courses must be a lab course. See general education core list.

Humanities & Fine Arts (9 Credit Hours)


Three courses total: one course from the humanities group and one course from the fine arts group. The additional course can be selected from either group. In addition, one course must be a western culture course. 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 total: courses must be from at least two different 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 Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science 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:

  1. Any additional course with the following prefix and a PCS of 1.1: ART, HUMN, LITT, MUSI, PHIL.

  2. Although one course in a foreign language will satisfy this requirement, it is recommended that students complete two courses in the same language.

Residency Requirement


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


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