Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs are transfer degrees designed for students who intend to continue their education after Belmont College. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees do not have specific majors, but can be tailored to be applied to a number of different majors at the bachelor’s degree level at most four-year colleges or universities.
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to most four-year colleges or universities and is the equivalent of the freshman and sophomore years of a bachelor of arts degree program, which includes programs such as English, history, social sciences, business, and other areas of study.
The AA degree requires a minimum of 65 semester credit hours for graduation.
For students who may have not yet decided upon an interest in one area of study, the AA degree provides a broad knowledge of liberal arts. A range of liberal arts elective courses across disciplines provides flexibility in choosing transferrable courses.
learning is the fundamental strength and value of a liberal arts education. Students 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.