2017-18 Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2018  
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts ∞

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Credit Hours Required: 60

Note:  This program can be completed entirely online. Please note that not all options are offered online. 


The Associate of Arts degree requires completion of 60 credit hours. This degree is designed to enable a student to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution. Students following this degree program will complete university-parallel requirements in general education that will fulfill all lower division general education requirements at the Arizona universities. The AA degree will allow students with declared majors to fulfill their lower division major requirements at Yavapai College and is also appropriate for the liberal arts major and the transfer-oriented student who is undecided about either major area of study or the transfer institution.

Thirty-five hours of coursework are concentrated in general education. At Yavapai College the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) is embedded in the Associate of Arts degree. Arizona General Education (AGEC) special requirements incorporate additional university requirements in Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR), Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) Awareness, and Global/International and Historical (GIH) Awareness areas*.

The core curriculum consists of three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content orientation of academic disciplines.

Three credit hours of communications coursework are required for this degree. Twenty-two credit hours of coursework in this degree are in major and elective studies (accepted prefixes listed below). Upon completion of all 35 credit hours (including the special requirements) of the AGEC with a grade of “C” or higher, the student will receive recognition of completion on their Yavapai College transcript.

Students preparing to transfer to an upper-division baccalaureate degree program should contact an academic advisor in the major field of study at the transfer institution in addition to meeting regularly with an academic advisor at Yavapai College. Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses. Students intending to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities can obtain specific information on transferability of courses from the course applicability system (CAS) website at www.aztransfer.com and curriculum transfer guides available from advisors. Transfer guides are also available from each university’s web site.

Note: *AGEC Special Awareness Requirements Students must complete a course from each of the following areas:

  • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR)
  • Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness
  • Global/International or Historical (GIH) awareness

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

  1. Foundation Studies (9 credits)
    1.   Credits: 6
    2.   Credits: 3
  2. Core Studies (6 credits)
    1.   Credits: 3
    2.   Credits: 3
  3. Area Studies (20 credits)
    1.   Credits: 8
    2.   Credits: 6
    3.   Credits: 3
    4.   Credits: 3

Communication Requirement (3 credits)

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the Communication component of this degree.

Major and Elective Studies (22 credits)

Select 22 transferable credits from transfer guides or intended major, including second language courses. The student who has decided on a major should consult the list of common lower-division major courses for their chosen major. The student who has selected a four year college of intended transfer should also consult the catalog or website of that college for additional guidance regarding their major and courses. Up-to-date information regarding requirements of various degree programs at Arizona’s universities can be found at www.aztransfer.com. Choose from the following prefixes - or courses where noted - when completing this requirement: ACC, AGE, AGS, AHS 230  (only), AJS (except AJS 291 ), ANT, ART, ASL, BIO, BSA, CHM, CHP, COM, CRW, CSA, DAN*, ECE, ECN, EDU, ENG, ENV, FMA, FYE, GEO, GLG, GRN, HIS, HUM, JRN, MAT (except MAT 100  and MAT 122 ), MGT, MUS, NSG (except NSG 124  and NSG 130 ), NTR, PHE*, PHI, PHY, POS, PSY, REC*, REL, SOC, SPA, STU, THR, VGD, and WEB. *DAN, PHE and REC are limited to 4 activity-based credit hours each.

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