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2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

(AA) Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts) Transfer Pathway

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A Liberal Arts major provides students an opportunity to experience a variety of course options as they explore their career interests. The major leads to an Associate of Arts degree and provides a broad foundation of general course work for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

The Associate of Arts Degree is outlined as a two-year degree and designed to transfer.  A minimum of 62 credit hours in the designated areas are required to complete the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts. (No particular major area of emphasis).   The 27 Elective credits of coursework should be selected based upon the student’s area of emphasis for their transfer major. 

Symbol(s) Translation:

(T►) - Kansas Regents System Wide Transfer Course 
($) - Special Funding Identifier 


Pathway Code: LART

Kansas General Education Core Requirements (35 hours)

Successfully completing 35 hours of approved coursework in the following designated categories will fulfill the requirements of meeting the Kansas System-wide General Education Core.

Basic Skills - English, Communications and Math (12 hours)

Complete 6 credits of English, 3 credits of Communications and at least 3 credits of a College-level Math course that’s most appropriate for the degree and transfer pathway.

Natural & Physical Laboratory Sciences (5 hours)

Complete 5 credits of Lab Science from approved Lab Science Elective(s) . (BIO, CHM, GEO, PHS).

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines from approved Social Science Elective(s) . (ANT, CRJ, ECO, GEG, MIN, POL, PSY, SOC). 

Arts & Humanities (6 hours)

Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines from approved Humanities Elective(s)   (ART, COM, ENG, FOL, HIS, LIT, MUS, PHO, REL, THE) - Studio and Performance courses cannot be included.

Additional Institution Core Requirements (6 hours)

To satisfy degree requirements to meet the Kansas systemwide general education core, complete 6 additional credits of Math, Science, Social Science, Humanities or other Approved General Education Core Electives  applicable to the transfer pathway.

Pathway Electives (27 hours)

The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 27 hours of Pathway Electives. Liberal Arts Majors should have a broad cross section from a variety of disciplines. If students are undecided as to what specific pathway or major to pursue, it is recommended they select general education electives in the area of humanities, social sciences, foreign language or lab sciences that provide adequate transferable options while allowing the student to explore their areas of interest. Arts, literature and writing classes are also recommended for students who wish to develop skills in creativity and self-expression.

Students should work with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the most appropriate courses to complete. 

The PSY6720 - First Year Experience (FYE) course is highly recommended as an elective for all new students to Cowley. 

Minimum Hours for a Degree 62*

*A minimum of 62 hours is required to earn a Cowley degree; however additional credit hours may be outlined on the transfer pathway to meet the program requirements for a transfer institution. 

Depending on skill level and assessment scores, students may be required to take the necessary basic skill or prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the program courses.

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