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Associate of Arts (AARTS)

Description

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer into a bachelor's degree program immediately after completing their Cincinnati State degree.

Working closely with an academic advisor, students customize the curriculum to fit the school and the bachelor's degree program they plan to complete. Students can prepare for bachelor's degree majors in Psychology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Communications, English, History, Organizational Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education, and other areas of study.

The Associate of Arts degree includes the Ohio Transfer Module, which is a core set of general education courses, along with directed electives that allow students to complete the first two years of a four-year degree in a liberal arts field.

Students in the Associate of Arts program participate in cooperative education, which offers opportunities for internship or employment in a career-related field. The co-op or internship placement provides practical training and enriches the academic experience.

Program Code

AARTS.AA

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Transfer to a baccalaureate institution and complete a four-year degree in a Humanities, Social Sciences, or Liberal Arts field, such as:
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics (Non-business focus)
  • Education (Middle Grades or Secondary)
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Mathematics
  • Mortuary Science
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • and many more

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Vary depending on field of study. The Associate of Arts degree is designed to be the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree. While many career areas require completion of the bachelor's degree as a minimum qualification, some entry level positions may be obtained after graduation from the associate's degree, depending on the career field.

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Varies by bachelor's degree earned

Employment Outlook

Varies by bachelor's degree earned

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wright State University
  • Xavier University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Varies, depending on intended bachelor's degree major. Sites include:
  • The Boys and Girls Club
  • Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Procter & Gamble
  • River City Correctional
  • Stepping Stones
  • Talbert House
  • Wordplay Cincinnati
  • YMCA
  • and many others

Curriculum

Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Associate of Arts (AARTS)

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective   1 0 1
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
MAT 1XX Transfer Module Mathematics Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Transfer Module Arts/Humanities List A Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 1   3 0 3
Semester 2      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective   3 0 3
HUM 190 Career Exploration Seminar: Associate of Arts / Associate of Science 2 0 2
XXX XXX Transfer Module Social/Behavioral List A Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 2   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 3   3 0 3
Semester 3      
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 0 3
XXX XXX Transfer Module Social/Behavioral Sciences List B Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Transfer Module Arts/Humanities List B Elective   3 0 3
HUM XXX Co-op/Internship Elective 1   1 20 1
Second Year
Semester 4      
XXX XXX Transfer Module Natural/Physical Science Elective 1   2 2 3
XXX XXX Transfer Module Elective 1   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 4   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 5   3 0 3
HUM XXX Co-op/Internship Elective 2   1 20 1
Semester 5      
XXX XXX Transfer Module Elective 2   3 0 3
XXX XXX Transfer Module Natural/Physical Science Elective 2   2 2 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 6   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 7   3 0 3
Total Credits:   60 44 62

Electives

Students should consult with their advisor when choosing any electives to ensure maximum transferability of credits. Courses not listed here may be applied to the degree requirements only with the permission of an advisor.  

Co-op/Internship Electives must be chosen in consultation with a Co-op Coordinator. Students should meet with their Co-op Coordinator one semester prior to the planned Co-op/Internship semester to choose the appropriate route. 

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Electives  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Transfer Module Mathematics Electives  
Any Transfer Module Approved course from MAT  
Transfer Module Social/Behavioral Sciences List A Electives 1  
Any Transfer Module Approved Course from GEO, HST, LBR, POL  
Transfer Module Social/Behavioral Sciences List B Electives 1  
Any Transfer Module Approved Course from ECO, PSY, SOC  
Transfer Module Arts/Humanities List A Electives 1  
Any Transfer Module Approved Course from ART, MUS, THE, or COMM 130  
Transfer Module Arts/Humanities List B Electives 1  
Any Transfer Module Approved Course from LIT, PHI, REL  
Transfer Module Natural/Physical Sciences Electives 1  
Any Transfer Module Approved Course from BIO, CHE, EVS, PHY, PSC  
Directed Electives  
Any course from ADC, ART, BIO, CHE, COMM, CRJ, CULT, EDU, ENG, FRN, ASL, ITP, LDR, MAT, PHY, PSY, REL, SOC, SPN, SWK, THE  
Co-Op/Internship Electives  
HUM 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Associate of Arts and Sciences 1
HUM 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Associate of Arts and Sciences 1
HUM 194 Part-Time Career Education Project 1: Associate of Arts and Sciences 1
HUM 195 Part-Time Career Education Project 2: Associate of Arts and Sciences 1
HUM 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Associate of Arts and Sciences 2
HUM 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Assoc 2
HUM 294 Internship: Associate of Arts and Sciences 2
HUM 296 Full-Time Career Education Project: Associate of Arts and Sciences 2

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum

Contacts

Program Chair
Jennifer (Jen) Martin, MA
(513) 569-1709
Co-op Coordinator
Jayne Martin Dressing, MA
(513) 569-4778
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