Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. An Associate of Arts degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree prepares students to continue their education at the bachelor’s degree level. When selecting courses for this degree, students should select courses according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school and major; Undecided students may use the state-approved Transfer Module as a general guide for transferability.

The following degree requirements are intended to help ensure that students with an Associate of Arts degree have completed the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credits of advanced coursework (exclusive of physical education and 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credits. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above, and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000 level or higher while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and elective graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

Communication (9 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • ENG-1020 College Composition II or ENG-102H Honors College Composition II
  • Three (3) semester credits selected from the following courses (exclusive of developmental education, ENG-1001 Intensive College Reading & Writing and English as a Second Language courses):
    American Sign Language
    ASL-1001Fingerspelling (American Sign Language)2
    ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
    ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
    ASL-1100Deaf Culture3
    ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
    ASL-2412Advanced American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2420Advanced American Sign Language II4
    Communication Studies
    COMM-1000Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
    COMM-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    COMM-101HHonors Speech Communication3
    COMM-1050Voice and Articulation3
    COMM-1210Small Group Communication3
    COMM-2000Introduction to Communication Theory3
    COMM-2050Oral Interpretation3
    COMM-2110Argumentation and Debate3
    COMM-2150Introduction to Speech Pathology3
    COMM-2160Intercultural Communication3
    COMM-2180Principles of Phonetics3
    ENG-2010Creative Writing3
    ENG-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
    ENG-2040Poetry Workshop3
    ENG-2151Technical Writing3
    ENG-2310American Literature I3
    ENG-2320American Literature II3
    ENG-2350British Literature I3
    ENG-2360British Literature II3
    ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
    ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
    ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
    ENG-2450Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction3
    ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
    ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
    ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
    ENG-2700World Literature3
    ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
    ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
    ENG-2740Literature and Film3
    ENG-2760Detective Fiction: Mystery, Murder, and Malice3
    ENG-2770Rhetorics of Gaming: Introduction to Video Game Analysis3
    Foreign Languages
    CHIN-1011Beginning Chinese Language and Culture I4
    CHIN-1021Beginning Chinese Language and Culture II4
    FREN-1010Beginning French I4
    FREN-1020Beginning French II4
    FREN-1040Study Abroad in Quebec - Beginner Level4
    FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
    FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
    FREN-2040Study Abroad in Quebec - Intermediate Level4
    FREN-2410French Conversation and Composition3
    FREN-2420French Civilization and Literature3
    GER-1010Beginning German I4
    GER-1020Beginning German II4
    GER-2010Intermediate German I3
    GER-2020Intermediate German II3
    ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
    ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
    ITAL-2010Intermediate Italian I3
    ITAL-2020Intermediate Italian II3
    ITAL-2410Italian Conversation and Composition3
    ITAL-2420Italian Civilization, Culture and Literature3
    JAPN-1011Beginning Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-1021Beginning Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2011Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-2021Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2411Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
    JAPN-2421Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
    RUSS-1010Beginning Russian I4
    RUSS-1020Beginning Russian II4
    RUSS-2010Intermediate Russian I3
    RUSS-2020Intermediate Russian II3
    RUSS-2410Russian Conversation and Composition3
    RUSS-2420Russian Literature and Culture3
    SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
    SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
    SPAN-1030Spanish for Law Enforcement4
    SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
    SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3
    SPAN-2411Spanish Conversation & Composition3
    SPAN-2420Introduction to Spanish Culture, Civilization, and Literature3
    SPAN-2430Civilization, Culture, and Literature of Latin America3

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical, symbolical, and spatial methods for scientific inquiry into the physical, natural, or social and behavioral sciences is essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • Three (3) semester credits of Mathematics at the 1000-level or higher, selected from the following courses:

    MATH-1100Mathematical Explorations3
    MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
    MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
    MATH-1370Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I4
    MATH-1380Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II4
    MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1420Elementary Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1470Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I4
    MATH-1480Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences II4
    MATH-1490Business Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1500Business Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1530College Algebra4
    MATH-153HHonors College Algebra4
    MATH-154HHonors Trigonometry3
    MATH-1610Calculus I5
    MATH-161HHonors Calculus I5
    MATH-1620Calculus II5
    MATH-162HHonors Calculus II5
    MATH-2010Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
    MATH-2310Calculus III4
    MATH-231HHonors Calculus III4
    MATH-2410Introduction to Linear Algebra3
    MATH-2520Differential Equations3

Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The ability to undertake scientific inquiry in the physical and biological sciences is essential for students seeking an Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • Six (6) semester credits selected from the following courses.  Must include one (1) laboratory experience:
    ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
    BIO-1040The Cell and DNA3
    BIO-104LThe Cell and DNA Laboratory1
    BIO-1050Human Biology3
    BIO-105LHuman Biology Laboratory1
    BIO-1060Environment, Ecology, and Evolution3
    BIO-106LEnvironment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory1
    BIO-1100Introduction to Biological Chemistry3
    BIO-1221Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging4
    BIO-1230Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye4
    BIO-1300Horticultural Botany3
    BIO-1410Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I4
    BIO-1420Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals II3
    BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
    BIO-150HHonors Principles of Biology I4
    BIO-1510Principles of Biology II4
    BIO-151HHonors Principles of Biology II4
    BIO-2020Tropical Biology4
    BIO-2060Principles of Genetics3
    BIO-2070Techniques in Molecular Genetics3
    BIO-2100Biology of Aging3
    BIO-2150Environmental Science3
    BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
    CHEM-1000Everyday Chemistry3
    CHEM-100LEveryday Chemistry Laboratory1
    CHEM-1010Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
    CHEM-101HHonors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
    CHEM-1020Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
    CHEM-102HHonors Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
    CHEM-1080Herbal Medicines and Natural Products3
    CHEM-1300General Chemistry I4
    CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
    CHEM-130LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
    CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
    CHEM-131HHonors General Chemistry II5
    CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
    CHEM-2000Analytical Chemistry5
    CHEM-2300Organic Chemistry I5
    CHEM-2310Organic Chemistry II5
    Earth Science
    ESCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
    ESCI-1040Weather Studies3
    ESCI-1050Introduction to Ocean Studies3
    ESCI-1310Physical Geography3
    ESCI-131LLab in Physical Geography1
    ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
    ESCI-141HHonors Physical Geology3
    ESCI-141LLab in Physical Geology1
    ESCI-1510Historical Geology3
    ESCI-151LLab in Historical Geology1
    ESCI-1610Geology of the National Parks3
    ESCI-161LLab in Geology of the National Parks1
    Physical Science
    PSCI-1010Astronomy [PSCI-1010 is now listed as PHYS-1010; students must register under PHYS-1010]3
    PSCI-101LAstronomy Laboratory [PSCI-101L is now listed as PHYS-101L; students must register under PHYS-101L]1
    PSCI-1020Everyday Chemistry [PSCI-1020 is now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-1000]3
    PSCI-102LEveryday Chemistry Lab [PSCI-102L now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-100L]1
    PSCI-1030Earth [PSCI-1030 is now listed as ESCI-1030; students must register under ESCI-1030]3
    PSCI-103LEarth Laboratory [PSCI-103L is now listed as ESCI-103L; students must register under ESCI-103L]1
    PHYS-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
    PHYS-1050Everyday Physics2
    PHYS-1210College Physics I4
    PHYS-1220College Physics II4
    PHYS-1300Physics of Optical Materials4
    PHYS-2250Radiographic Physics and Quality Control4
    PHYS-2310General Physics I5
    PHYS-2320General Physics II5

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 semester credits)

The opportunity to obtain a broader knowledge of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in order to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives is an important part of a liberal arts education. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Arts and Humanities (9 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; and to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement: 

Elective Graduation Requirements (24 Semester credits)

The remaining semester credit hours needed to complete the required minimum total of sixty (60) semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework and physical education. Courses taken for general education requirements cannot count toward fulfilling elective graduation requirements. Students wishing to maximize the use of credits toward a bachelor’s degree should select electives according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school or major. The state-approved Transfer Module provides a general guide for transferability.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement.