AA, General Program

The mission of the Kodiak College Associate of Arts General Program (Transfer Degree) is to provide quality academic foundations and prepare students for advanced study within their chosen fields.  Students gain transferrable skills, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and information literacy that are also in demand in today's workforce.    

AA Graduates 2011-2012

 

For more information and advising please contact Barbara Brown at bbrown@kodiak.alaska.edu or 907-486-1211.

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AA General Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the AA General Program, the graduate will:

  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences (individual, group, or public) using a variety of verbal and nonverbal communication strategies;
  • Respond effectively to writing assignments using appropriate genres and standard written English;
  • Use library and electronic research responsibly and appropriately;
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate the aesthetic, historical and philosophical aspects of material culture, including artistic expressions, language, and texts;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to identify the premises and conclusions of arguments, evaluate their soundness, and recognize common fallacies;
  • Use appropriate mathematical language and symbols to develop and communicate solutions and demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills and knowledge;
  • Articulate the fundamentals, developments, and impacts of one or more scientific disciplines and develop and analyze evidence-based conclusions about the natural and social world.

Students in class

To earn an Associate of Arts General Program degree students must earn 60 credits and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 (C).  Of the 60 credits, 15 must be taken in residence and 20 credits must be at the 200 level or above.   The courses listed below are those commonly offered through Kodiak College.  Here is the full list of General Education Requirement (GER) courses that will meet the degree requirements.

Oral Communication Skills (3 credits)

COMM A241

COMM A237

Written Communication Skills (6 credits)

ENGL A111 and 
one of the following: ENGL A211, ENGL A212, ENGL A213 or ENGL A214

Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

Three courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from the GER List.  At least one course each from the category.

ENGL A121, ENGL A201, ENGL A202, MUS A121, PHIL A201, AKNS A101E, AKNS A102E or RUSS A101, RUSS A102, HIST A131, and HIST A132, HUMS A212, or THR A111

Mathematical and Natural Sciences (9 credits)

3 credits from quantitative skills: MATH A105 or  MATH A107

6 credits in natural sciences: BIOL A111, A112, BIOL A115, A116, GEOL A111, CHEM A103 CHEM A104, PHYS A123, LSIS A102, LSIS A201, and LSIS A202

Social Sciences (6 credits)

Two courses from different disciplines from GER List.

ANTH A202, ANTH A250, SOC A101, SOC A201, PSY A111, PSY A150, BA A151, ECON A201, and ECON A202, PS A101, PS A102

Electives (27 credits)

Students may elect to graduate under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of formal acceptance to an associate’s degree program or the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.

If the requirements for an associate’s degree are not met within five years of formal acceptance into the program, admission expires and the student must reapply for admission and meet the admission and graduation requirements in effect at the time of formal acceptance.

An associate’s degree in general studies is usually used as a stepping stone since it prepares students well for further study at a bachelor-degree granting college or university.

Skills

Students gain employable skills: employers consistently report valuing the ability to think critically, solve complex problems and communicate clearly more than a particular major.*

Earning Potential

In general, those with an associate's degree earn more than those with a high school diploma or GED.  In Alaska, that wage gap ranges from $10,000 to $14,000 annually.**

Job Outlook

The job market, even during recession and recovery, are growing for those with an education beyond a high school diploma.***

Students in classFor more information and advising please contact Barbara Brown at bbrown@kodiak.alaska.edu or 907-486-1211.

*More Than a Major, 2013

**Difference in Median Earnings Between a High School Diploma and an Associate's Degree

***The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm, 2012