Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)
The Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) information provided is from the Lourdes University 2022-23 Academic Catalog. Lourdes students should consult the academic catalog for the year they started their program. Current and past Academic Catalogs can be viewed at: https://www.lourdes.edu/academics/academic-calendar-schedules/
The Associate of 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 College Composition 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.
Students may choose majors from the following:
- Criminal Justice
- Individualized Studies
- Natural and Behavioral Science
- Theological Studies
A.A. Degree Requirements:
Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours.
Core Curriculum = 34 s.h.
Concentration (minimum required) = 26 s.h.
Total degree hours earned at Lourdes University = 15 s.h.
Prior Learning (maximum granted) = 20 s.h.
All students graduating from Lourdes University with an Associate degree will take as their core curriculum (36 s.h.):
LUC 101 College Connections = 3 s.h.
LUC 102 College Connections = 1 s.h.
ENG 101 College Composition = 3 s.h.
Math (MTH 110 or Higher) = 3 s.h.
Ethics = 3 s.h.
- 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
History = 3 s.h.
Any history course
Literature = 3 s.h.
- 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
Philosophy = 3 s.h.
Any PHL course
Theology = 3 s.h.
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 Sur vey of Catholic Belief
- THS 265 Christian Ethics
- THS 312 Jesus, the Christ
- THS 316 Shape and Mission of the Church
Fine Arts = 3 s.h.
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
- MUS 312 Advanced Music Appreciation
- MUS 314 Music History I
- MUS 334 Music in Therapy
- MUS 414 Music History II
Any Applied Music course:
- MUS 104 Violin
- MUS 105 Piano
- MUS 106 Guitar
- MUS 108 Voice
- MUS 307/407 Organ
- MUS 120 Instrumental Ensembles
- THR 101 Introduction to Theatre
Natural Science = 3 s.h.
A natural science courses from the following list:
- 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 (2 s.h.)
- CHL 130 Introductory General Chemistry Laboratory (1 s.h.)
- CHM 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (3 s.h.)
- CHL 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory (1 s.h.)
- CHM 163 Societal Issues and Chemistry
- CHM 165 The Science of Art
- CHM 167 CSI: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (3 s.h.)
- CHM 181 General College Chemistry I (3 s.h.)
- CHL 181 General College Chemistry I Lab (1 s.h.)
- CHM 182 General College Chemistry II (3 s.h.)
- CHL 182 General College Chemistry II Lab (1 s.h.)
- 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 s.h.
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 and Human Development
- PLS 122 American National Government
- PLS 201 Modern Political Thought
- PLS 310 The Constitution and Supreme Court
- PLS 330 International Relations
- PLS 340 Politics and the Media
- CSJ 101 Introduction to Sociology
- CSJ 202 Social Problems
- CSJ 301 Urban Life and Development
- CSJ 304 Multicultural Diversity
- CSJ 412 Human Sexuality
- CSJ 420 Poverty and Justice Issues
- CSJ 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
A.A. in Individualized Studies —
A.A. Core plus any elective credits to equal 60
A.A. in Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Core specific: The following major courses fulfill Core requirements in the categories listed:
MTH 212 Statistics =3 s.h.
PHL 310 Bio-Ethics = 3 s.h.
- Chemistry: 3-4 s.h.
- CHM/CHL 130 Introductory General Chemistry = 3 s.h.
CHM/CHL 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry = 4 s.h.
CHM/CHL 181 General College Chemistry I = 4 s.h.
- PSY 110 General Psychology = 3 s.h.
Major Required Courses
Biology lab sequence = 8 s.h.
- BIO/BIL 201 Principles of Biology I and BIO/BIL 202 Principles of Biology II
BIO/BIL 330 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO/BIL 331 Anatomy and Physiology II
Biology Upper-level -One of the following = 3 s.h.
- BIO 308 Genetics
- BIO 313 Nutrition Science
- BIO 335 Microbiology
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology = 3 s.h.
Science Electives = 6 s.h.
- Any BIO, BIL, CHM, CHL, PHS, PLA, EXS, EXL, PSY, SWK, CSJ
General Elective Credit/Experiential Learning Credits = 5-6 s.h.
Total credits: 60
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.
***Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The representation of the full range and depth of human experience and diverse voices and viewpoints are a cornerstone of the Lourdes curriculum. All students will engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at multiple points in the Core curriculum. Courses that include DEI as a significant part of the course design are approved by the University and designated as such.
Currently approved courses include the following:
BUS 320 International Business; CSJ 304 Multicultural Diversity; EDU 216 Multicultural & Social Issues in Education; 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 216 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature; ENG 313 Theoretical Approaches to the Teaching of Writing; ENG 315 Studies in Non-Western Literature; ENG 351 Media Writing; ENG 352 Professional Writing; ENG 355 Writing for Science and Health Professions; GEO 250 World Cultural Geography; GEO 260 World Regional Geography; MUS 201 Music in Culture; SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives; THS 105 World Religions; THS 244 Great Religions of the East; and THS 246 Great Religions of the West.