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Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts

This program is available at the Beavercreek, Online, Springfield - Leffel Lane and Xenia locations.

Four-year colleges and universities generally require that students spend a significant portion of their first two years taking courses that build their knowledge and skills in general education. A student with an AA degree may transfer these courses to a four-year institution. Of the 60 semester credit hours necessary to earn an AA degree at Clark State, a minimum of 44 credit hours must come from areas 1-6 in the outline of degree requirements.  The remaining credit hours are divided among courses in the student’s area of concentration and elective courses. The AA degree focuses on courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

To explore different pathways and focus areas, go to  This includes information regarding discipline specific Associate of Arts degree options for transferrability to other state institutions.

Area 1 - English (6 credit hours)
Grades of C or better in ENG 1111 English I and ENG 1112 English II are required for graduation with the AA degree.

Area 2 – Communication (3 credit hours)
At least one course from COM 1110, 1120, 1130, 1170

Area 3 – Literature, the Arts, and Humanities (15 credit hours)
Five courses including PHL 2000; one chosen from ENG 1600, 2300, 2500, 2610, 2620; one course from HST 1110, 1120, 1210, 1220, PHL 2100, 2300, 2400; one course from ART, ASL, ENG, FRN, HST, HUM 1110, MUS, PHL, SPN or THE; and one course at the 2000 level from ASL, ENG, HST, PHL, SPN, or THE.

Area 4 - Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
Two courses from two different subject areas chosen from ECO 1100, 2210, 2220, GEO 1100, 2200, PLS 1100, 1300, 2300, 2400, PSY 1111, 2218, 2223, 2230, RST 2700, 2800, SOC 1110, 2220, 2230, 2240, 2250; and one course at the 2000 level from ECO, GEO, PLS, PSY, RST, or SOC.

Area 5 - Mathematics (3 credit hours)
At least one course from MTH 1070, 1280, 1340, 2100, 2200, 2220, 2242, 2330, 2530, STT 2640.

Area 6 - Natural Sciences (8 credit hours)
Many options are available; choose one most suited to your transfer institution. At least two classes from BIO, CHM, GLG, PHY; taken from those listed under Natural & Physical Sciences in the Transfer Module. 

Foundations (1 credit hour)
All students pursuing an AA degree must take FYE 1100 College Success. FYE 1100 should be taken as early as possible in a student’s academic career.

Concentration/Elective (15-28 credit hours) 
These hours should be clearly transferable and count toward or be related to the major at the transfer institution.  They may also be used to fulfill additional general education requirements at the four-year institution. These classes should be planned carefully with an advisor. The credits in this category must bring the total degree credits to at least 60 semester credit hours. 

Global Awareness
In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the College also requires that students receiving the Associate of Arts degree take at least four courses with significant international content. Courses meeting the requirement are identified in the College catalog. These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 6 above.

Advanced Courses
All students pursuing the AA degree are required to complete at least 9 credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher. These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 7 above.

Total Credit Hours 60

* The number of credit hours and courses may vary with specific curriculum guides. Check with your advisor first.

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Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Arts degree, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Transfer Information

Clark State has detailed transfer agreements with many local colleges and universities. The greatest number of these are with Wright State University and are in areas such as Business, English, Math, Pre-Teacher Education, Psychology, etc.  Check the transfer guide section of the Clark State website for more information about these transfer agreements.

Transfer institutions make the determination in acceptance of credit. The student should consult his/her academic advisor and the intended transfer institution when planning a schedule of classes. With careful scheduling and advising, a student should be able to transfer with junior standing, especially within the state of Ohio.