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Associate of Arts Degree Overview

The Associate of Arts (AA) is for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university. It is designed to serve as the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Requiring 60 credits, the AA will meet all general education requirements.

An AA at Rhodes State will provide a well-rounded education with seamless transfer opportunities, concentrating on core capabilities such as writing and speaking skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, interpersonal and teambuilding skills, ethical judgment and decision-making skills, and quantitative and computer skills. Students receive a strong foundation for continuing their education at a four-year college or transitioning into the workplace.

Associate of Arts Degree Highlights 

  • Teaches you valuable skills employers are seeking in new employees (teamwork, creativity, written and oral communication, problem solving, quantitative reasoning)
  • Deepens your critical and innovative thinking
  • Expands your knowledge of American diversity and global awareness
  • Offers a broad selection of interesting and interactive courses
  • The majority of courses/credits in this program transfer to four-year Ohio public colleges and universities

Associate of Arts Degree Areas of Concentration

This AA degree will help students who want to cultivate healthy growth in children by developing skills that will shape their lives and the communities in which they live. The students in this program intend to either pursue a bachelor’s degree in Education with a focus in elementary, middle school, or Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) licensure at a four-year college or university. The courses assure that students learn the foundations of education and child development in addition to skills in teamwork, creativity, written and oral communication, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning.

To complete the concentration, students must complete the AA distribution requirements and 15 credit hours of courses listed in the concentration. Additionally, students have the privilege to gain observation time and field experiences in surrounding daycares, Head Start classrooms, and school districts, guided by quality teachers. The successful completion of the degree requires a minimum of 62 credits.

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This AA degree will help students who want to develop a career skillset in writing, rhetoric, journalism, literature, communication, English, pre-law, and a variety of other disciplines. This specialized degree also offers courses in conflict management, literature of the Holocaust and Native Americans, as well as composition for technical and business career paths. The English Writing/Literature student intends to transfer to a four-year college or university for further study.  

To complete the concentration, students must complete the AA distribution requirements and nine credit hours of courses listed in the concentration.  The successful completion of the degree requires a minimum of 60 credits.

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This AA degree will help students who want to develop their abilities to serve in careers such as Education, Political Science, Pre-law, and a variety of other disciplines. Alongside the concentrated subject matter, students also learn skills in teamwork, creativity, written and oral communication, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning. The History Concentration is for the student who intends to transfer to a four-year college or university for further study.

To satisfy the concentration a student must complete the Associate of Arts distribution requirements and an additional six credit hours of courses listed in the concentration. The successful completion of the degree requires a minimum of 60 credits.

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This AA degree will help students who want to explore personal issues of age, occupation, race, ethnicity, gender, and other dimensions of cultural identity or who may wish to investigate the large structures in society, such as an educational system, religious beliefs, or how healthcare is delivered. One of the benefits of studying sociology is the wide variety of career paths it provides, which include business and industry, education, healthcare, criminal justice, administration and management, consulting, and government. The concentration consists of electives in  general sociology, social problems, race and ethnicity, and sociology of the family. 

Students in the Sociology concentration may go on to continue their studies at a four-year college or university or seek a career at local, regional, and international levels. Students who enroll in the Associates of Arts degree with a concentration in sociology will complete a minimum of 60 credits (including the Ohio Transfer Module). 

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Associate of Arts Degree Plan of Study

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