Associate of Arts (AAG)
View the required classes for the Associate of Arts.
The Associate of Arts degree parallels the first two years of liberal arts coursework
in a Bachelor of Arts degree (or in alternate degrees like Fine Arts or Liberal
Arts), leading to a range of possible majors in the arts, humanities, and social
or behavioral sciences, to be completed in the third and fourth years of work towards
a bachelor’s degree.
For students who have not yet decided on one particular area of study, the Associate
of Arts degree is ideal. It will provide a broad knowledge of liberal arts, including
sciences, but with emphasis in the arts and humanities. For students who are interested
in concentrating more heavily on math and science, the
Associate of Science degree is also an option. A range of liberal arts elective
courses offers the flexibility to choose areas of interest to explore before deciding
on a major program for completion at your selected four-year college.
The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 65 semester credit hours for
graduation. These hours are composed of a minimum of 50 hours of general education
courses selected within categories and enough electives to complete the 65-hours
requirement. To see the categories of courses and range of options available, check
out the List of Course Requirements and Electives for AA Degree.
Free electives may be used to fulfill four-year institutional prerequisite requirements
within programs. Free electives may be selected from any transferable college-level
course offered by Belmont. You must take care to select transferable courses wisely,
as prescribed by your target four-year institution, in consultation with advising.
In the future Belmont College will have concentrations available, an in that case,
a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the concentration will be required, plus
enough electives to complete the 65-hour requirement.
To envision a program and plan your options, check out the Suggested Course Sequence for AA Degree. In preparation
for semester conversion, adhering to the Suggested Course Sequence will be mandatory,
to prevent inconvenience and duplication of course materials across courses.
Interdisciplinary learning is the fundamental strength and value of a liberal arts
education. The formulation of outcomes is based on recognition of the transformative
potential of higher education in the liberal arts and an appreciation of how the
knowledge gained (in particular, human understanding) leads to actions. Outcomes
will be assessed in the Associate of Arts degree through a process that
will allow students to achieve individualized goals, in keeping with their chosen
interdisciplinary path of study. Student will:
- Pursue Knowledge: Students learn through discipline-specific and interdisciplinary discovery processes, think critically, and synthesize resulting knowledge.
- Understand Self: Students achieve self-understanding as conscious and engaged human beings in relation to others and develop a realistic understanding of life and its opportunities.
- Integrate Socially: Students develop a defined sense of human community, take responsibility for their roles, and integrate successfully in collaborative environments.
- Demonstrate Open-Mindedness: Students cultivate intellectual curiosity, flexibility in thinking, problem solving strategies, and a broad critical perspective that values diversity of thought.
- Be Globally Responsible: Students recognize the interdependence of global forces and local contexts, becoming culturally proficient citizens sensitive to the issues of diverse cultures.
- Behave Ethically: Students form personal values based on belief in the worth and dignity of human beings, apply ethical principles in making decisions, and accept the social consequences of actions.
- Communicate Effectively: Students demonstrate the abilities to read and listen with understanding and express complex ideas in spoken and written forms.