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2012-14 Online Course Catalog

KPC DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

(NOTE: This degree is available online with careful course selection.) 

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides a solid foundation in mathematics and written and oral communication, the natural and social sciences, the humanities and fine arts. The AA degree prepares students for career advancement and baccalaureate programs and to better understand their world.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating with an AA degree from KPC/UAA will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences (individual, group, or public) using a variety of verbal and nonverbal communication strategies;
  2. Respond effectively to writing assignments using appropriate genres and standard written English;
  3. Use library and electronic research responsibly and appropriately;
  4. Identify, describe, and evaluate the aesthetic, historical and philosophical aspects of material culture, including artistic expressions, language, and texts;
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to identify the premises and conclusions of arguments, evaluate their soundness, and recognize common fallacies;
  6. Use appropriate mathematical language and symbols to develop and communicate solutions and demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills and knowledge;
  7. Articulate the fundamentals, developments, and impacts of one or more scientific disciplines and develop and analyze evidence-based conclusions about the natural and social world.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Certificate and Associate Degree Program Admission Requirements located at the beginning of this chapter.

General University Requirements

  1. Complete General University Requirements for Associate of Arts Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

General Degree Requirements

All courses must be at the 100 level or above. At least 20 credits of the required 60 credits must be at the 200 level. Students intending to complete the AA degree and then continue on to a baccalaureate degree should consult the Advising Note for AA students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree below.

General Requirements

1. Oral Communication Skills (3 credits) 

COMM A111     Fundamentals of Oral Communication     3
COMM A235  Small Group Communication  3
COMM A237  Interpersonal Communication  3
COMM A241  Public Speaking  3

2. Written Communication Skills (6 credits)            

ENGL A111     Methods of Written Communication     3

and one of the following:    

CIOS A260A     Business Communications                              3
ENGL A211  Academic Writing About Literature  3
ENGL A212  Technical Writing  3
ENGL A213  Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences  3
ENGL A214  Persuasive Writing  3

3. Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)      

    Three courses from the GER Classification List. At least one course each from the Humanities and Fine Arts areas.

4. Mathematical and Natural Sciences (9 credits)        

    MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra (3)+  or one course from the Quantitative Skills area of GER Classification List (3). Two natural science courses from the Natural Science area of
    GER Classification List (3+3) (6).

5. Social Sciences (6 credits)                       

    Two social science courses (from two different disciplines) from the Social Science area of GER Classification List.

Degree Completion Requirements

Electives (27 credits) 

Total minimum credits: 60   

 + Please note: Math A105 and CIOS A260A do not meet the General Education Requirements for the baccalaureate degree. 

ADVISING NOTE FOR AA STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO PURSUE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE:

AA students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree must take care in planning their curriculum. Please see an advisor and take note of the following:

  • UAA baccalaureate students are required to complete 12 credits of basic college-level skills from the Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Quantitative Skills areas of the General Education Classification List prior to completing 60 total degree applicable credits.
  • Students with 60 credits or more who have not completed the baccalaureate 12-credit, basic college-level skills requirement will have one full academic year to fulfill this requirement, after which they will not be allowed to take additional courses as degree-seeking students. MATH A105 and CIOS A260A do not count toward completing the baccalaureate GER requirements.
  • Students who have taken two natural science courses as part of their AA program should be aware that a one-credit (1) science lab is required for the baccalaureate degree.
  • Students who plan to apply AA credits to a UAA baccalaureate degree, and who know the program or major they are going to transfer into, should consult the General Education Requirements for their specific program or major. Programs often require specific GER courses for their majors. Students planning to transfer should use AA electives to fulfill prerequisites and requirements for their anticipated major.   
  • Students who plan to apply AA credits to a UAA baccalaureate degree, and who do not know which program or major they wish to pursue, should plan as follows:

1. Oral Communication Skills (3 credits)  

COMM A111     Fundamentals of Oral Communication     3 
COMM A235   Small Group Communication   3 
COMM A237   Interpersonal Communication   3 
COMM A241   Public Speaking   3 

2. Written Communication Skills (6 credits)   

ENGL A111     Methods of Written Communication  3

and one of the following:

ENGL A211     Academic Writing About Literature                 3
ENGL A212  Technical Writing  3
ENGL A213  Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences  3
ENGL A214  Persuasive Writing  3

3. Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)        

    One course from the Fine Arts area of GER Classification List (3). Two courses from the Humanities area of GER Classification List (6).

4. Mathematical and Natural Sciences (10 credits)                    

    One MATH/STAT course from the Quantitative Skills area of GER Classification List (3). Two natural science courses from the Natural Sciences area of GER Classification List,
    including a lab course (7).

5. Social Sciences (6 credits)       

    Two social science courses (from two different disciplines) from the Social Science area of GER Classification List.

 

Since the AA degree requirements are different from the four-year degree requirements, AA students who pursue a baccalaureate degree may be required to take additional courses to satisfy the General Education Requirements for the four-year degree after declaring their major.

 

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