Associate Arts Degree Photo

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 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 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

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

  • 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. For more information about Service Learning.

** 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
MUS 201 Music in Culture
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:

Required Curriculum 

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

Any history course

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
ENG 215   Sports in Literature

Any PHL course

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 201     Music in Culture
MUS 202     Music in Film
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       Science 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