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Students may choose majors from the following:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Theological Studies

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded to students who complete one of the above programs.

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 semester 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 semester 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 semester hours at Lourdes; MTH 098 (if required) must be successfully completed with a C (2.0) or better within the first 40 semester hours. The math course required for the Core Curriculum (MTH 110 or higher) must be completed within the first 45 semester hours.

Students transferring more than 20 semester hours of credit must successfully  complete MTH 097 (if required) with a C (2.0) or better within the first 15 semester hours at Lourdes. MTH 098 (if required) must be successfully completed with a C (2.0) or better within the first 30 semester hours. The math course required for the Core Curriculum (MTH 110 or higher) must be completed within the first 45 semester 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 semester 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 semester hours: 36

All students graduating from Lourdes University with an Associate degree will take as their core curriculum:

FYE 100  The Lourdes Experience

ENG 101  Composition I: Essay Writing

ENG 102  Composition II: Research and Writing

Math (MTH 110 or higher)


Choose one course from the following:

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 316  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 101   Introduction to Religious Studies;

THS 244   Great Religions of the East; and

THS 246   Great Religions of the West.

General Education:

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

History (3 credit hours)

Any history course

Literature (3 credit hours)

One of the following:

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 (3 credit hours)

Any PHL course

Theology (3 credit hours)

One of the following:

THS 101  Introduction to Religious Studies

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 312  Jesus, the Christ

THS 316  Shape and Mission of the Church

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Any Art or Music Course from the following list:

ART 100  Intro to Art

ART 101  Drawing

ART 102  2-D Design

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

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 into the Early Childhood Classroom

MUS 213  Basic Musicianship

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 Survey I
  • MUS 334  Music in Therapy
  • MUS 414  Music History Survey II
  • MUS 307/407 Organ
  • MUS 410  Instrumental Ensembles

MUS 300 or 400 Level Applied Music

THR 101   Introduction to Theatre

Natural Science (3 credit hours)

Any natural science course from the following list:

BIO/BIL 197  Biodiversity and Conservation

BIO 204  Basic Human Anatomy and 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 (3 credit hours)

Any social science course from the following list:

PSY 110  General Psychology

PSY 210  Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

PSY 370  Psychological Measurement and Testing

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 an Services

SWK 317  Families

SWK 318  Behavioral Health Perspectives and Services

SWK 413  Practice Oriented Research