Associate of Arts Degree Program at THEARC


The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies is available to specially approved students and consists of Core Requirements and an Area of Emphasis.

Based on a Skills Inventory, students may also be asked to take Collegiate Bridge Courses. These courses help prepare students for college-level work in both Math and English

The A.A. program is a 61 credit hour program (not including the Collegiate Bridge courses).  All credits earned in the A.A. program can be applied towards a Bachelor’s Degree Program at Trinity.

Associate Degree Requirements

For specific courses fulfilling the core and area requirements listed below, see Course Descriptions. Students must take courses in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to College
  • Skills for Life and Work
  • Understanding the Self, Society, and Nature
  • Area of Emphasis (select 1 from Arts and Humanities, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Capstone Course

Total Credits Required for Degree: 61 credits

Course Descriptions

Introduction to College

  • The Learning Experience: INT 113 Academic Achievement

Skills for Life & Work

  • Writing – 6 credit:  ENGL 106 Writing for Academic & Profess. Success and PHIL 101 Logic and Problem Solving
  • Communication – 6 credits: COM 101 Introduction to Comm. & Public Speaking and COM 224 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Numeracy – 3 credits: MATH 111 Applied Mathematical Skills
  • Information Literacy – 3 credits:  INT 117 Introduction to Information Literacy

Understanding the Self, Society & Nature

  • Arts & Humanities – 6 credits: ENGL 217 Early African-American Literature, FNAR 248 Music and Culture, HIS 250 Contemporary World History
  • Social Sciences – 9 credits chosen from: ECON 100 Principles of Economics, POLS 102 Politics and Citizenship, PSYC 100 Fundamentals of Psychology, and SOCY 101 Social Issues
  • Scientific Understanding – 3 credits:  ENVS 102 Science of the Environment
  • Religious Studies/Ethics – 6 credits: PHIL 252 Practical Ethics and RST 289 Comparative Religions

Collegiate Bridge Courses
All students must demonstrate or develop fundamental academic competencies at the beginning of their studies for the A.A. degree. Incoming students will take skills inventories in reading, composition, and mathematics. The purpose of the skills inventory is to promote student success by placing students in classes appropriate to their skill level.

Based on the skills inventory, students will be placed either in college-level courses or collegiate bridge classes. All collegiate bridge coursework must be completed within the first 24 credit hours of enrollment. Students taking collegiate bridge classes receive credit upon successful completion of the courses. Students who place out of collegiate bridge classes take the college-level courses.

Bridge level courses include:
MATH 030 Pre-Algebra
MATH 060 Elementary Algebra
ENGL 030 Fundamental Writing Skills
ENGL 060 Composition Skill

Areas of Emphasis
The area of emphasis serves as the basis for a major or minor in a Bachelor’s Degree Program. Three areas of emphasis are currently offered for the A.A. program: Arts and Humanities, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Students will select one area of emphasis in which they will complete additional credits, as noted below:

Arts and Humanities (choose from):
ENGL 218 Introduction to African American Literature I
FNAR 223 Cities, People, and Architecture
LST 100 Humanity and Culture
POLS 274 Politics, Literature, and Film
RST 245 Religion and Money

Business (choose from):
BADM 101 Introduction to Business
BADM 231 Theory and Practice of Marketing
BADM 251 Management and Leadership Development
SOCY 241 Work and Occupations

Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose from):
BADM 251 Management and Leadership Development
FNAR 223 Cities, People, and Architecture
HUMR 212 Introduction to Counseling for the Helping Professions
POLS 274 Politics, Literature, and Film
PSYC 210 Theories of Social Psychology

Capstone Learning Experience: INT 290 Capstone Project
During their final semester, students will enroll in a capstone course in their area of emphasis. The capstone course will review and assess the skills a student has learned in the program of study. Capstone courses require a grade of C or better for graduation.