The Associate of Arts degree (AA) in CLASS is a general associate-level degree.

Learning Outcomes

All students will:

  • (1) Demonstrate effective written communication.
  •  (2) Develop skills to enter the work force or build upon a liberal arts foundation to succeed in upper division coursework if pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Social Studies concentrations:

  • (3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of relationships of individuals and groups in their geographical, historical, global, societal, or cultural contexts.

Humanities concentrations:

  • (4) Students will demonstrate an understanding of artistic expression  in multiple forms and contexts. (GER Learning Outcome 8)
  • (5) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the humanistic perspective including philosophy, ethics, critical thinking, religious inquiry, and diversity.

Natural Science concentrations:

  • (6) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the natural environment and the processes that shape it. (GER Learning Outcome 13)

To inquire about earning the Associate of Arts degree, please contact an advisor in the Division of Academic Advising in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Contact Information

Division of Academic Advising

DeBartolo Hall Room 121

(330) 941-3413

Associate of Arts (AA) Requirements:

All courses completed for the Associate of Arts general education model must be Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) approved.

COURSETITLES.H.
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
MATH 1510College Algebra (or other OTM general education math course)4
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Knowledge Domains: (all General Education courses must be OTM approved courses - please consult an academic advisor regarding GER coursees)
2 Natural Sciences courses + Lab (one must include a lab)7
2 Humanities Courses6
2 Social Science Courses 6
GER Electives (any two additional courses from the above knowledge domains)6
Concentration Area: Students choose one of three concentration areas (see list below)21
Courses in the concentration must have grades of "C" or better
Elective(s): Students must complete electives to total 60sh for the AA degreemin. 1
Total Semester Hours: 60
The last 20 semester hours and at least 16 s.h. of the concentration area must be completed at Youngstown State University.

Concentration Areas:

Students choose one concentration area below.

Humanities

Applicable courses include:

  • literature courses in English or Foreign Language departments
  • courses in philosophy and religious studies
  • survey and/or appreciation courses in the Department of Art, the Department of Communication, the Department of Theater and Dance, or the Dana School of Music
  • AFST 2601 Introduction to Africana Studies 2

Social Studies

Courses must be selected from the following disciplines:

  • Africana Studies (AFST 2600 Introduction to Africana Studies 1 only)
  • anthropology
  • economics
  • human and regional geography
  • history
  • political science
  • psychology
  • sociology

Natural Sciences

Courses must be selected from the following disciplines:

  • astronomy
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • geology
  • physics
  • physical geography
  • A&S/STEM 2600 (no longer offered)
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 1510 College Algebra 4
Natural Science GER + Lab OTM approved 4
Arts & Humanities GER OTM approved 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
Social Science GER OTM approved 3
Natural Science GER OTM approved 3
Arts & Humanities GER OTM approved 3
Concentration Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Social Science GER OTM approved 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
GER Elective 3
GER Elective 3
Elective hours additional hours may be needed to total 60sh 1
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours60