Associate of Arts Degree

Fernando Arzola, PhD, Dean
Phone: (419) 995-8213
Office: 260N Science Building


The Associate of Arts (AA) is for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university and desire a broad-based liberal arts education. It is designed to serve as the first two years of a bachelor's degree. The AA offers a Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences focus while also meeting the general education distribution requirements. The successful completion of the degree requires a minimum of 60 credits.

General Education and the Ohio Transfer Module

Students who earn the AA degree at Rhodes State College automatically complete the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM). Specifically, students in this program complete 37-40 semester credit hours of general education core including coursework in the following: English Composition and Oral Communication (9 credits), Arts and Humanities (6 credits), Global/International Perspectives (3 credits), Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits), Mathematics (3-5 credits), and Biological and Physical Sciences (7-8 credits). Students round out their program by completing an additional 12 credit hours of electives in the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

A Note to College Credit Plus Students

College Credit Plus (CCP) gives high school students the opportunity to enroll in college and earn college credit at no cost, while still in high school. The AA degree was designed to provide CCP students a seamless course selection pathway from high school to an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree. 

Associate of Arts CCP Pathway

14 Credit Pathway

SDE 1010 First-Year Experience (1 credit)

COM 1100 English Composition (3 credits)

OTM Arts and Humanities Course (3 credits)

OTM Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)

OTM Physical and Biological Sciences Course with Lab (4 credits)

30-32 Credit Pathway (includes the above courses)

COM 2400 Composition and Literature (3 credits)

OTM Arts and Humanities Course (3 credits)

OTM Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)

OTM Physical and Biological Sciences Course with Lab (4 credits)

MTH Mathematics Courses (3-5 credits)

In selecting courses for this degree, all students are strongly encouraged to consult the following resources:

  • the specific degree plan in the College catalog;
  • their faculty advisor;
  • and the four-year institution to which they intend to transfer in order to determine appropriate curriculum choices.

Students who have not yet decided on which major/degree to declare, might consider the Associate of Arts as they can enroll in general education courses until a decision is made. General education courses are required for all degree programs at the College.  

Associate of Arts Degree
Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
COM 1110 English Composition 3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
 Term Hours13-15
Second Semester
COM 2400Composition and Literature 3
PSY 1010 
   or SOC 1010
General Psychology
   or Sociology
 Term Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
COM 2213
   or COM 2110
Verbal Judo
   or Public Speaking
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
HST 1333
   or HST 1334
   or LIT 2241
   or LIT 2242
   or ANT 2411
   or HST 1011
   or HST 1012
   or HST 2510
   or HST 2521
   or LIT 2301
   or LIT 2310
   or SOC 2211
World Civilization I
   or World Civilization II
   or World Literature I
   or World Literature II
   or Cultural Anthropology
   or Western Civilization I
   or Western Civilization II
   or History of Latin America
   or Women in World History
   or British Literature I
   or Literature and the Holocaust
   or World Religions: History, Belief, and Practice
SOC 1010 
   or PSY 1010
   or General Psychology
 Term Hours15-16
Second Semester
COM 2820   AA Capstone Course 1
MUS 1010
   or LIT 1450
   or THR 1010
Music Appreciation I
   or Introduction to Film
   or Introduction to Theatre
 Term Hours16
 Total Hours 60-63

 Portfolio Course

 Capstone Course

Pick Any Course Elective Not Used to Meet Another Requirement Listed on this Plan of Study

Course Electives

Social & Behavioral Sciences Electives

ANT 2411Cultural Anthropology (TAG)3
ECN 1410Macro Economics (TAG)3
ECN 1430Micro Economics (TAG)3
HST 2510History of Latin America (OTM)3
POL 1010Introduction to Political Science (OTM/TAG)3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (OTM/TAG)3
PSY 1730Abnormal Psychology (OTM/TAG)3
PSY 2150Lifespan Psychology (OTM/TAG)3
PSY 2200Social Psychology (OTM/TAG)3
PSY 2301Educational Psychology (OTM/TAG)3
SOC 1010 Sociology (OTM/TAG)3
SOC 1200Death and Dying (OTM)3
SOC 1210Family Sociology (OTM/TAG)3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity (OTM/TAG)3
SOC 2211World Religions: History, Belief, and Practice (OTM)3
SOC 2300Social Problems (OTM/TAG)3

Arts & Humanities Electives

COM 1801Creative Writing: Fiction3
COM 2110Public Speaking (OTM/TAG)3
HST 1011Western Civilization I (OTM/TAG)3
HST 1012Western Civilization II (OTM/TAG)3
HST 1610 American History to 1877 (OTM/TAG)3
HST 1620American History Since 1877 (OTM/TAG)3
HST 2300Technology and Civilization3
HST 2521Women in World History (OTM)3
LIT 2210Introduction to Literature (OTM)3
LIT 2215Native American Literature (OTM)3
LIT 2227Literature of Graphic Novels (OTM)3
LIT 2250The American Short Story (OTM)3
LIT 2260Fantasy Literature (OTM/TAG)3
LIT 2301British Literature I (OTM)3
LIT 2310Literature and the Holocaust (OTM)3
LIT 2450Themes in Literature and Film (OTM)3
MUS 1010Music Appreciation I (OTM)3
PHL 1011Introduction to Philosophy3
THR 1010Introduction to Theatre (OTM)3

Mathematics Electives

MTH 1190Finite Mathematics/Business (OTM)3
MTH 1260Statistics (OTM)3
MTH 1370College Algebra (OTM)4
MTH 1430Trigonometry (OTM)3
MTH 1151Quantitative Reasoning (OTM)3
MTH 1611Business Calculus (OTM)5
MTH 1711Calculus I (OTM)5
MTH 1721Calculus II (OTM)5
MTH 2660Calculus III (OTM/TAG)4
MTH 2670Differential Equations (OTM/TAG)4
MTH 2680Elementary Linear Algebra (OTM/TAG)4

Science Electives

BIO 1090Concepts in Biology (OTM)4
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I (OTM)4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II (OTM)4
BIO 1400Microbiology (OTM)4
BIO 2121Introduction to Human Genetics (OTM)4
CHM 1110Introductory General Chemistry (OTM)4
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (OTM)4
GLG 1000Physical Geology (TAG)4
GLG 1004Historical Geology (TAG)4
PHY 1120Physics I (OTM/TAG)4
PHY 1130Physics II (OTM/TAG)4
BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3

English Composition and Literature Electives

COM 1110 English Composition (OTM)3
COM 1140Technical Writing (OTM)3
COM 1160Business Communications (OTM/TAG)3
COM 1200Writing in the Sciences (OTM)3
COM 2213Verbal Judo (OTM)3
COM 2400Composition and Literature (OTM)3

Other Approved Course Electives

ACC 1010Corporate Accounting Principles (TAG)4
ACC 1020 Managerial Accounting Principles (TAG)4
ASL 1010American Sign Language I (TAG)4
ASL 1020American Sign Language II3
BHS 1390Medical Terminology (TAG)2
DTN 1000Basic Nutrition (TAG)2
BUS 2100Business Law (TAG)3
Electronic Engineering Technology
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I (TAG)3
EET 1120Circuit Analysis II (TAG)3
EET 1130Electronics (TAG)4
EET 1330 Digital Circuits (TAG)4
Human Service
HUM 1111 Introduction to Social Work (TAG)3
Mechanical Engineering Design
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD (TAG)4
Mechanical Engineering Technology
MET 1020Material Science (TAG)3
MET 2210Strength of Materials (TAG)3
MKT 1010 Principles of Marketing (TAG)3
SPN 1010Beginning Spanish Language I (TAG)3
SPN 1020Beginning Spanish Language II (TAG)3
SPN 2010Intermediate Spanish I (TAG)3
SPN 2020Intermediate Spanish II (TAG)3
EDU 1000 Introduction to Education (TAG)3
EDU 1050Introductory Child Development (TAG)3
EDU 2030Individuals with Exceptionalities (TAG)3
EDU 2130 Families, Communities and Schools (TAG)3
LAW 1210Criminology (TAG)3

Portfolio Course

Capstone Course

General Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires successful completion of 60-63 semester credit hours. This includes the following:

  • 37-40 general education credits distributed among English Composition and Oral Communication, Arts and Humanities, Global/International Perspectives, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical and Biological Sciences,
  • 12 additional credits of Arts and Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences courses,
  • 5 credits of other requirements,
  • 6 credits of general course electives.

In selecting courses for this degree, students are strongly encouraged to consult the specific academic plan in the College catalog, their faculty advisor, and the four-year institution to which they intend to transfer in order to determine appropriate curriculum choices. 

Required General Education Distribution
English Composition and Oral Communication9
Arts and Humanities6
Global/International Perspectives3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
Physical and Biological Sciences7-8
Arts and Humanities/Social Science and Biological Sciences Course Electives
Additional Arts and Humanities/Social Science Course Electives12
Other Requirements
SDE 1010 First Year Experience1
COM 2820   AA Capstone Course1
CPT 1250 Information Literacy Course 3
General Course Electives 6
Total Minimum Degree Requirements 60-63