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Students may choose majors from the following:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Natural and Behavioral Science
  • Theological Studies

 

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded to students who complete one of the programs outlined below. Each program is built on a broad liberal arts base, while focusing on a specific major. The sequence and distribution of courses should be planned in advance with the department chairperson or advisor.

Credit earned in each of these majors is transferable to an appropriate program at other four-year institutions. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.

Students must maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average for all college courses. Some departments have further minimum G.P.A. requirements for courses in the major. Students must earn a minimum of 25% of the degree hours from Lourdes University.

These credit hours do not include prior learning credits.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements for the degree. A single course may be used to meet only one general education requirement, with the exception of the area of cultural diversity. A course in any discipline that has been accepted for cultural diversity may be used both for that discipline and for cultural diversity.

If required, students must successfully complete ENG 097: College Reading Strategies with a C* (2.0) or better within their first two semesters at Lourdes University. If required, students must successfully complete ENG 098 College Writing Strategies with a C* (2.0) or better within their first two semesters at Lourdes University.

Students must take ENG 101 Composition I: Essay Writing and ENG 102 Composition II: Research and Writing during their first four semesters at Lourdes.

First time college students must successfully complete MTH 097 (if required) with a C* (2.0) or better within the first 20 credit hours at Lourdes; MTH 098 (if required) must be successfully completed with a C* (2.0) or better within the first 40 credit hours. The math course required for the Core Curriculum (MTH 110 or higher) must be completed within the first 45 credit hours.

Students transferring more than 20 credit hours of credit must successfully complete MTH 097 (if required) with a C* (2.0) or better within the first 15 credit hours at Lourdes. MTH 098 (if required) must be successfully completed with a C* (2.0) or better within the first 30 credit hours. The math course required for the Core Curriculum (MTH 110 or higher) must be completed within the first 45 credit hours.

Students must complete the chosen major with courses specifically required by the departments offering the major. Students may be required to complete a stipulated number of courses in their major at Lourdes. Requirements can be found in each particular major.

Qualifying students may be awarded up to 20 total credits through prior learning for the associate degree.

A.A. Degree Requirements:

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.

  • Core Curriculum/General Education (36 credit hours)
  • Concentration (minimum required) (24 credit hours)
  • Total degree hours earned at Lourdes University (15 credit hours)
  • Prior Learning (maximum granted) (20 credit hours)

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements for A.A.

Total credit hours: 36

FYE 101 College Connections
ENG 101 Composition I: Essay Writing
ENG 102 Composition II: Research and Writing
Math (MTH 110 or Higher)
Ethics
BUS/PHL 430 Business Ethics
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics
PHL 202 Ethics for the Health Professional
PHL 310 Bioethics or
THS 265 Christian Ethics
THS 233 Suffering, Healing and Dying
THS 435 Peace, Justice and Forgiveness
Service Learning totaling 10 clock hours*
Cultural Diversity Experience or Course**

*Service Learning is achieved by participating in an approved service learning activity that may or may not be associated with a course. The Lourdes University Office of Service Learning approves all service learning activities. The student must participate in 10 hours of approved service learning as part of an Associate degree requirement. If a student wishes to have an experience count as service learning approval must be received from the Office of Service Learning prior to participating in the activity.

** Cultural Diversity Experience or Course: All students must successfully complete a cultural diversity course or experience as part of their Associate degree requirement. Courses that meet this requirement are approved by the University and designated as such. Experiential learning, such as study abroad may meet the cultural diversity requirement, but needs to be approved by the University prior to the student participating in the experience.

Currently approved courses include the following:

BUS 320 International Business
EDU 216 Multicultural & Social Issues in Education
ENG 211 Postcolonial Literature
ENG 212 Gender and Literature
ENG 213 Multiethnic U.S. Literature
ENG 315 Studies in Non-Western Literature
GEO 250 World Cultural Geography
GEO 260 World Regional Geography
SOC 304 Multicultural Diversity
SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives
THS 105 World Religions
THS 244 Great Religions of the East
THS 246 Great Religions of the West

 

General Education for Associate in Arts:

All students will include as part of their General Education coursework the following:

History 
Any history course

Literature
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature
ENG 211 Postcolonial Literature
ENG 212 Gender and Literature
ENG 213 Multiethnic U.S. Literature
ENG 214 Ecology and Literature

Philosophy 
Any PHL course

Theology 
One of the following:
THS 125 Theological Foundations
THS 218 Celebrating the Sacraments
THS 220 Introduction to the Old Testament
THS 221 Introduction to the New Testament
THS 235 Survey of Catholic Belief
THS 265 Christian Ethics
THS 312 Jesus, the Christ
THS 316 Shape and Mission of the Church

Fine Arts
Any Art or Music Course from the following list:
ART 101 Drawing
ART 102 2-D Design and color theory
ART 103 3-D Design
ART 113 Calligraphy
ART 117 Art for the Teachers of Young Children
ART 200 Fibers
ART 206 Digital Arts I
ART 214 Ceramics
ART 216 Digital Photography I
ART 221 Oil Painting
ART 223 Watercolor painting
ART 233 Printmaking
ART 241 Ancient and Medieval Art History
ART 260 Workshops in Art
ART 341 Renaissance and Baroque Art History
ART 345 Non-Western Art History
ART 350 Art of Africa
ART 441 19th and 20th Century Art History
ART 442 American Art History
ART 447 History of Women Artists
ART 450 World Architecture
MUS 109 Chorus
MUS 112 Music Appreciation
MUS 113 Integrating Music in the
Early Childhood Classroom
MUS 213 Music Theory and Composition I
MUS 210 Choir/Vocal Ensemble
Any 100 or 200-level Applied Music course:
MUS 104 Violin
MUS 105 Piano
MUS 106 Guitar
MUS 108 Voice
MUS 299 Topics: Other instruments
MUS 312 Advanced Music Appreciation
MUS 314 Music History I
MUS 334 Music in Therapy
MUS 414 Music History II
MUS 307/407 Organ
MUS 410 Instrumental Ensembles
MUS 300 or 400-level Applied Music
THR 101 Introduction to Theatre

Natural Science
A natural science course from the following list:
BIO/BIL 197 Biodiversity & Conservation
BIO 204 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 212 Nutrition
BIO 215 Basic Ecology
BIO 216 Seasonal Field Ecology
BIO 319 Consumer Health
CHM 130 Introductory General Chemistry
CHL 130 Introductory General Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
CHL 140 General, Organic and Biological
Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 163 Societal Issues and Chemistry
CHM 165 Chemistry of Art
CHM 167 CSI: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
CHM 181 General College Chemistry I
CHL 181 General College Chemistry I Lab
CHM 182 General College Chemistry II
CHL 182 General College Chemistry II Lab
PHS 111 Introduction to Astronomy
PHS 112 Introduction to Earth Sciences
PHS 113 Principles of Physical Sciences
PHS 114 Introduction to Geology
PHS/PLA 201 College Physics I
SCI 150 Lake Erie: Environmental Issues
SCI 170 Survey of Science (would fulfill general education for education majors only)

Social Science 
A social science course from the following list:
PSY 110 General Psychology
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
BUS 200 Introduction to Economics
BUS 251 Economics and Social Issues
BUS 254 Macroeconomics
BUS 255 Microeconomics
EDU 250 Educational Psychology
PLS 122 American National Government
PLS 201 Modern Political Thought
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 202 Social Problems
SOC 301 Urban Life and Development
SOC 304 Multicultural Diversity
SOC 412 Human Sexuality
SOC 420 Poverty and Justice Issues
SOC 441 Violence in Intimate Relationships
SWK 111 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives
SWK 210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SWK 223 Substance Abuse Perspectives and Services
SWK 317 Families
SWK 318 Behavioral Health Perspectives and Services
SWK 413 Practice Oriented Research