Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded when you complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of classes, including the specified general education requirements for the degree, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0. Coursework focuses on classes in the humanities, social sciences, and English. This degree readily transfers to a four-year institution.  You will want to work closely with advisors at both HCC and your desired university to ensure that each course you take will move you towards your desired bachelor's degree.


Core Transfer Component


Written Communications 6 credit hours
Oral Communications 3 credit hours
Arts/Humanities 6 credit hours
    – Select one course in Humanities & one course in Heritage.
Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 credit hours
    – Two disciplines must be represented & different from those in Arts/Humanities.
Natural Sciences 6 credit hours
    – One of the science courses selected must include at least one with a laboratory experience.
Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours
Subtotal Core Transfer 33 credit hours
Additional AA Requirements 12-15 credit hours
(Select courses from headings in the Core Categories and/or Foreign Language. At least 6 hours must be selected from Arts and Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences and/or Foreign Language.  Choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which the student is transferring).
Digital Literacy:  A student must pass an approved three credit hour digital literacy course or pass the IC3 Fast-Track exam in order to meet the digital literacy requirement for graduation. 0-3 credit hours
Total General Education Block 45-48 credit hours (1)
Electives 12-15 credit hours
Students are advised to choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which they are transferring.  Students who fulfill the digital literacy requirement, by passing an approved 3 credit hour course, will only need to take 12 credit hours of electives.
(1) Cultural Studies:  At least one course within the 45 credit hour general education block must be selected from the identified Cultural Studies course list PDF icon.
Total Credit Hours 60 credit hours
Associate in Arts degrees are awarded to students who complete a minimum of 60 hours, including the specified general education requirements, with a grade point average of at least 2.0.
A course used to fulfill one competency cannot be used to fulfill another competency. Developmental/remedial courses (courses numbered 001-099) cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements.


This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.