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This program is offered at Clark State's 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 AA/AS degree focuses on courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

The remaining credit hours are divided among courses in the student’s area of concentration, elective courses and the Capstone Seminar. All entering students must take the Capstone Seminar in order to complete the AA degree.

The courses in the area of concentration as well as the electives should be directed toward the student's major at the transfer institution. These courses must be selected very carefully, following the recommendations of the transfer institution. Of coursework in these two categories, no more than 10 should be selected from technical/career programs unless indicated in a curriculum guide or planned with an advisor with the academic dean's approval.

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.

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.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Associate of Arts, a graduate will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly, writing and speaking (Area 1, Area 2).
  • Think critically (Area 1, Area 4).
  • Critically analyze a work of literature, music, theatre, art, or architecture (Area 3).
  • Analyze and evaluate issues of the human historical and philosophical experience (Area 3).
  • Describe and assess divergent aspects of individual and group human behavior (Area 2, Area 4).
  • Demonstrate mathematical literacy (Area 5).
  • Identify and apply the concepts of various aspects of the natural and physical world (Area 6).

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 class from COM 1110, 1120, 1130, 1170

Area 3 – Literature, the Arts, and Humanities (15 credit hours)
Five courses, at least one of which is chosen from ENG 1600, 2300, 2500, 2610, 2620; at least one from HST 1110, 1120, 1210, 1220, PHL 2000, 2100, 2300, 2400; at least two additional classes from ART, ASL, ENG, FRN, HST, HUM 1110, MUS, PHL, SPN or THE; and one course at the 2000 level from subjects 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, 2223, 2230, RST 2700, 2800, SOC 1110, 2220, 2230, 2240, 2250; 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 or AS degree must take FYE 1100 College Success.  FYE 1100 should be taken as early as possible in a student’s academic career.

Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
All students pursuing the AA degree are required to take the HUM 2899 Capstone Seminar. Students must have earned at least 40 credit hours prior to taking the course and must take the course for graduation. The course will assess student achievement of specific AA program goals.

Concentration/Elective (12-25 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
In addition to the Capstone Seminar, all students pursuing the AA degree are required to complete at least 6 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 - 6 above.

Total Credit Hours 60

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

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.  Please check the Clark State website for more information about these transfer agreements.

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