Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts degree includes courses from different disciplines to provide students with breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts. All Cottey students take courses to fulfill the general education core requirements, including classes in fine arts, math, physical education, and science. In addition, Associate in Arts students are required to take two sequential courses in a foreign language (French, German, or Spanish), a course in communications, and two courses each in humanities and social sciences.  Students can choose from classes in Anthropology, Business, Classics, Communications, Economics, English, Film, History, International Business, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Speech, and Women’s Studies. This broad perspective prepares students for a major or minor in any area of the liberal arts.

The Associate in Arts degree prepares students to pursue a baccalaureate degree at Cottey or at another four-year institution.  This degree encourages students to deepen their knowledge in various areas of human experience, practice their communication skills, and learn (or improve their proficiency in) a foreign language. Students also explore disciplines of interest through at least 11-14 elective credits in the degree requirements.

In order to earn the Associate in Arts degree, students must complete the following with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

  • Core Curriculum General Education Requirements
  • An additional 21 hours distributed as follows:
    • Communications—3 hours
    • Foreign Language—6 hours in the same language
    • Humanities—6 hours
    • Social Sciences—6 hours
  • Electives to bring the total number of hours completed to 62.
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