Jul 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 [Archived Catalog]

Associate in Arts—Arts and Humanities Emphasis Major (A.A.)

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Major code AA1114

University College
Chubb Hall 140
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1935
Fax: 740.593.0206

Julie Cohara, Director of Degree Programs

Program Overview

Ohio University’s University College stewards the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs. The A.A. provides students two degree emphasis options to focus their program in fine arts/humanities or social sciences. The A.S. affords students the opportunity to emphasize natural sciences/applied sciences/quantitative skills in their program of study. These associate degree programs are available on all Ohio University campuses.

The A.A. and A.S. curricula integrate the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), which allows students’ general education coursework to become transferable within the state. See the Admissions  section of this catalog for more information.

In their 2016 Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review, ODHE maintains the belief that the A.A. and A.S. degrees “serve as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.” Students seeking this degree should work closely with their A.A./A.S. academic advisor to identify Bachelor programs of interest and strategically identify the appropriate general education courses that overlap in both the A.A./A.S. program and desired Bachelor program(s) of interest. The OHIO Guide also provides appropriate general education courses for each major program.

This degree is available on all campuses. The A.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours. A maximum of 15 hours earned through the experiential learning program may be applied to the A.A. or A.S. degree. At least 20 of the total credits earned toward the A.A. or A.S. must be Ohio University credits. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the area of concentration for the A.A. degree programs must be completed through Ohio University. Technical courses count only as electives for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. You must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree.

If you plan to earn the A.A. degree, contact the director of degree programs in University College so that the valid major code can be properly recorded.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No selective or limited admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Many entry positions now require an associate degree. A liberal arts degree, like the Associate in Arts with arts and humanities emphasis, can also provide the foundation for a future bachelor’s degree.


Associate Degree Information

Second Associate Degree

You cannot earn the same associate degree twice. Furthermore, you are not permitted to earn both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. If you have already earned the A.I.S. degree, you are not permitted to earn either the A.A. or A.S. degree. Although it is possible to complete an A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree with a double major, you can earn the degree only once. If an A.A. or A.S. has been completed previously, you will not be permitted to complete the A.I.S.

Associate Degree After a Baccalaureate Degree

Typically, the Associate in Individualized Studies degree is not an appropriate degree program for someone who previously has completed a bachelor’s degree. In special circumstances, a person who has completed a prior bachelor’s degree may petition the director of degree programs in University College to seek permission to complete the A.I.S. degree. The Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree will not be granted if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree.

A.A. and A.S. General Education Requirements

Complete the university’s Tier I quantitative skills and first-year English composition requirements. For more information, see General Education Requirements .

Major Hours Requirement

The Associate in Arts with arts and humanities emphasis program requires a minimum of 60 hours.

Arts and Humanities

Complete at least 20 hours from the following courses:

  • Art History
  • Classical Archaeology (except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130 )
  • Classical Languages (Latin, Greek)
  • Classics in English
  • Classics and World Religions (except CLWR 4340 , 4350 )
  • English (except ENG D150 )
  • Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian/Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili)
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • International Literature: Modern Languages
  • Philosophy (except PHIL 1200 )
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Natural Science, Applied Science and Quantitative Skills

Complete at least 10 hours from the following courses:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry (except 1010, 1100, 1150, and 1500)
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics (except D005, D300, and D301)
  • Microbiology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology

Social Sciences

Complete at least 10 hours from the following courses:

  • African American Studies (except 1060, 1100, 1500, 2100, 2110, 2500, 3100, 3110, 3170, 3500, 3520, 3530, 3560, and 3570)
  • Anthropology (except 2010, 3460, 3550, 4470, 4480, 4730, and 4960)
  • Economics
  • Geography (except 1100, 1400, 2020, 2600, 2680, 3010, 3020, 3030, and 4100)
  • History (except 1210, 1220, 3140, 3143, 3144, 3148, 3200, 3201, 3280, 3281, 3290, 3291, 3292, 3300, 3531, 3532, 3533, 3540, 3543, 3560, 3562, 3600, 3601, 3602, 3700, and 3710)
  • International Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (except 1110, 2110, 2120, 2210, and 3230)
  • Retail and Fashion Product Development
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

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