Completion of course work in the Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree signifies that the student is broadly educated in the major divisions of higher learning: humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and fine arts. The student has acquired methods of study and habits of thought which are demonstrated by an ability to analyze problems, make appropriate value judgments, and express conclusions in cogent style. The student devotes a portion of study to in-depth concentration of one subject.
Students in the Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree should select electives to reflect both the student’s interests and the requirements of the intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the transfer guide sheets located in the University, Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.
- Civil Society and Culture: Compare and contrast the United States globally with other nations or regions, addressing one or both of the following: (1) social, economic, political and cultural issues or (2) patterns of diversity or inequality, including racial, ethnic, religious or gender differences.
- Communication: Effectively communicate ideas appropriate to their discipline using Standard English, through written and verbal communication.
- Computer Technology: Demonstrate skills for computer technology, including internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments.
- Critical Thinking/Information Literacy: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and identify the need for research to draw conclusions, formulate inferences, solve problems and make decisions. Students will also demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, selecting, organizing, synthesizing, and ethically documenting information from multiple sources using both informal and formal formats, as appropriate for diverse writing situations.
- Quantitative Literacy: Apply quantitative skills to analyze situations and make decisions in a variety of contexts.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. Associate in Arts degrees requires at least 24 credits total including at least three credit hours from the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least three of the following:
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
- WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete the following:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:
- BMA-110: Business Math
- CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry
- ENGR-232: Statics
- MATH-100: Basic Technical Mathematics
- MATH-101: Mathematics for Health Careers
- MATH-103: Technical Mathematics
- MATH-104: Mathematics for Food Service Careers
- MATH-1091, MATH-1092, MATH-1093, and MATH-1094, OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra
- MATH-121: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-221: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
- MATH-225: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits must total: 24 credits
Wellness: Complete 2 credits from the following:
- BFN-141: Personal Finance
- COUN-110: Human Potential Seminar
- COUN-114: Stress Management - A Personal Approach
- COUN-119: Issues in Personal Growth
- COUN-125: Life Work Planning
- COUN-128: Active Parenting
- Any Heath and Physical Education (HPE) course
- Any Health and Physical Education Activity (HPEA) course
Humanities: Complete at least 8 credits, including any applicable courses taken from the Civil Society & Culture group, from the following:
- Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Foreign Language (Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL), or World Religions (WR).
Science and Mathematics: Complete at least 8 credits, including courses taken from the Quantitative Literacy group, from courses in:
- Astronomy (ASTR); Atmospheric Studies (ATMS); Biology (BIO); Chemistry (CHEM); Geology (GEOL); Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Mathematics (MATH); Physical Science (PSCI); Physics (PHYS); Science (SCI)
Social Science: Complete at least 8 credits, including courses taken from the Civil Society & Culture group, from courses in:
- Anthropology (ANTH); Criminal Justice (CRJ); Economics (BEC); Geography (GEOG); History (HIST); Political Science (POLS); Psychology (PSY); Social Science (SSC); Sociology (SOC)
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 14
Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 22