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Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts Degree*
60 Semester Credit Hours

Curriculum: 0700 for Liberal Arts
Curriculum: 0500 for General Business
Curriculum: 0520 for Elementary Education**
Curriculum: 0540 for Secondary Education**
Curriculum: 0543 for Teaching – Early Childhood Education


General Education Requirements:

Credit Hours

Area A — 




EGL 101 and EGL 102



SPE 103


Area B — 




One MAT course of at least 3 credits from the approved list of IAI general education Mathematics courses


Area C — 




One science course from the Life Sciences and one science course from the Physical Sciences; at least one of these courses must be a lab course


Area D — 

Social and Behavioral Sciences



Three courses from at least two different social or behavioral science disciplines


Area E — 

Humanities/Fine Arts



Three courses from the Humanities/Fine Arts; at least one course must be from Humanities and one course must be from Fine Arts


Area F — 

Global Studies†



One course that satisfies Global Studies requirement


Total General Education Requirements:





Oakton does not offer specific majors within the associate in arts degree. Courses should be selected according to each student’s interests and intended major at the bachelor’s degree level. Students are strongly encouraged to consult Advising Services or a counselor and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet the requirements of the transfer institution.
Note: MAT 120 may not be used for an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Total Electives


Total Semester Credit Hours for Associate in Applied Science Degree:




*May be completed entirely online.

**Students who plan to transfer to a college of education should contact Advising Services for information of courses to take.

***Students planning to transfer should contact Advising Services to select an appropriate mathematics course.

†Students must take a Global Studies course. This course may satisfy both Area F and another Area requirement.


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