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The Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)


Arkansas Northeastern College offers the Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in accordance with the guidelines defined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE).  The AA Degree is a transfer degree for students who wish to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree and transfer to a four-year institution.  The degree requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours with a minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average.  The degree requirements include the completion of the general education curriculum set forth by ADHE, several institutional requirements, and directed electives.  A student who completes the AA Degree at ANC can transfer to any public university in Arkansas with junior status.


To declare a major of the Associate of Arts Degree, a student must have the following minimum placement scores.


Minimum Scores Required
  Math English Reading
ACT 15 15 15
(P) 27
49 70



Institutional Learning Outcomes:


General education is the broad knowledge, skills, and attitudes that all graduates of ANC should possess.  For the AA Degree, all the general education core courses are approved for inclusion in the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's Course Transfer System (ACTS).  ACTS provides information regarding the guaranteed transfer of courses between Arkansas public colleges and universities and is located on ADHE's website.


ANC's Institutional (general education) Learning Outcomes, approved by the faculty, ANC Cabinet, and Board of Trustees, outlines these specific outcomes achieved by graduates through the completion of any associate's degree.  View the institutional (general education) learning outcomes.


AA Degree Checklist


Overview of AA Degree:


General Education Core Requirements:

English Composition and Mathematics                 9 hours

Natural Sciences                                               8 hours

Fine Arts/Humanities                                         6 hours

U.S. History or American National Government     3 hours

Social Sciences                                                 9 hours


Institutional Requirements:

Introduction to Communications                          3 hours

Physical Fitness and Recreation                           2 hours

Academic and Career Enrichment                        2 hours


Directed Electives                                         18 hours


Total Hours                                                    60 hours








Rationale: General education skills in writing and mathematics will provide students with the competencies that are required in academic and professional careers. To write and read competently in a critical and organized manner are necessities in the world of college and work. To perform computations, reason logically, and think independently are also essential skills that will aid the student in every college or career endeavor. Students must earn a “C” or better in English Composition I, English Composition II, and College Algebra or Quantitative Reasoning to receive a degree from ANC.


English Composition (6 hrs): (Grade of C or above in each required for graduation)
EN 12003 English Composition I
EN 12013 English Composition II


Mathematics: (3 hrs) (Grade of C or above in each required for graduation)
MA 14043 College Algebra or MA 14123 Quantitative Reasoning or higher level math


NATURAL SCIENCES..................................................................8 HOURS
(A minimum of 4 semester hours of life science and 4 semester hours of physical science.)
Rationale: The Natural Sciences provide the opportunity for the development of independent, creative, and logical thinking while they enhance one’s understanding of the effects of the sciences upon the individual, society, and the environment. The information gained from studies in the biological and physical sciences is based upon acute observations, experimentation, and arriving at logical conclusions. The decision-making processes that are used daily in coping with life in a modern society are basically those practiced in all science classes. The historical development of this logical process is an integral part of each science class and, as such, provides the individual with a foundation for continued personal growth.


Life Sciences (Choose one)

BI 14033/14041 General Biology and Lab

BI 14053/14061 Botany and Lab

BI 14073/14081 Zoology and Lab

BI 24003/24011 Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab

BI 24023/24031 Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

BI 24043/24051 Microbiology and Lab


Physical Sciences (Choose one)
PS 14003/14011 Physical Science and Lab
CH 14023/14031 General Chemistry I and Lab
CH 14043/14051 General Chemistry II and Lab
PS 24023/24031 General Physics I and Lab
PS 24043/24051 General Physics II and Lab
PS 14043/14051 Physical Geology and Lab


FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES....... ..................................................6 HOURS
(Select a 3 semester hour integrative course and a 3 semester hour appreciation course)
Rationale: The Humanities provide an integrated view of civilization and society. The universal aspects of human emotions, self-preservation, and self-identity are studied as they have been expressed through the arts to supply answers to the basic questions, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Such study results in flexibility, tolerance, and acceptance of other points of view and allows students to see themselves and their time in perspective. The Humanities also develop appreciation for aesthetic and creative endeavors through active participation in the areas of art, music, and theatre.


Integrative (Choose one):

EN 22003 World Literature I

EN 22013 World Literature II

HU 22003 Humanities through the Arts

PH 22003 Introduction to Philosophy


Appreciation (Choose one):
AR 22003 Art Appreciation
MU 22003 Music Appreciation
SP 22013 Fine Arts Theatre


U.S. HISTORY/GOVERNMENT (Choose one)………………….…..3 HOURS
Rationale: History and social sciences provide the student the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the essential worth of the individual person as a viable and active instrument of change, socially and politically, in the affairs of life. This can be accomplished through an integrated view of civilization, economic development, and social evolution.


HI 23003 The U.S. to 1876
HI 23013 The U.S. since 1876
PO 23003 American National Government


SOCIAL SCIENCES………………………………………......…………9 HOURS
(Select 3 hours of World Civilization and 6 hours of Social Sciences not already chosen.)


World Civilization (3 hours): Choose one.
HI 13003 World Civilization to 1600
HI 13013 World Civilization since 1600


Social Science (6 hours): Choose two.
HI 13003 World Civilization to 1600
HI 13013 World Civilization since 1600
HI 23003 The U.S. to 1876
HI 23013 The U.S. since 1876

PO 23003 American National Government

PY 23003 General Psychology

EC 21003 Macroeconomics

SO 23013 Introduction to Sociology




Rationale: Speaking, listening, and interpreting competently are necessary skills for the successful
communication of ideas. This course provides a firm knowledge of how people send, receive, and perceive messages in everyday life.


SP 12103 Introduction to Speech Communication


PHYSICAL FITNESS AND RECREATION......................................2 HOURS
Rationale: Physical fitness and recreation provide students the opportunity to understand and participate in physical fitness and health maintenance while exploring the lifelong leisure and recreational options. Such opportunities help develop lifelong attitudinal and recreational skills for maintaining physical and mental fitness.


PE 17112 Fitness for Life or two one-hour activity courses


ACADEMIC & CAREER ENRICHMENT.........................................2 HOURS
Rationale: This course provides the necessary survival skills for academic and career success as well as lifelong learning. The course enhances the learning, success, satisfaction, retention, and graduation of college students in transition to a four year institution.


PY 13002 Academic and Career Enrichment



Select courses, not already taken, from the following areas to fulfill requirements:


Prefix Elective Credit
All courses with these prefixes are
EN Technical Communications and
Fund. Of Comp may not be
selected. All other EN courses are
MA Applied Math, Math for Bus and TP,
Math for Health Science, Technical
Math, Math Apps, Math for Teachers
I and II may not be selected. All
other MA courses are applicable.
CJ Only CJ 15003 Intro to CJ is
applicable. No other CJ courses
may be selected.

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