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Associate in Arts Degrees 

Associate Degree Programs

Associate in Arts  &  Associate Arts in Teaching

If your educational goals include completing a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or if you plan to enter a professional program such as pre-med, law or engineering, NCMC can help you succeed.

The Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) and the Associate Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) are awarded to students completing the requirements of the academic transfer program with at least 62 credit hours. The degrees parallel the work done in the first two years at a four-year institution.

The academic transfer programs at NCMC meet a wide variety of individual needs. Students completing the A.A. or A.A.T. degree are accepted with junior standing at public colleges and universities in Missouri, having fulfilled freshman and sophomore requirements.

Transfer students not planning to earn the Associate in Arts degree should carefully select courses that meet the general education or transfer requirements of their particular transfer school. A minimum recommendation is that students complete NCMC’s General Education Core.

General Education Rationale

General education is the curricular foundation for Associate in Arts Degree students at North Central Missouri College. It encourages students to acquire and use the intellectual tools, knowledge and creative capabilities necessary to study the world as it is, as it has been understood and as it might be imagined. It also furnishes students with skills, which enable them to deepen that understanding and to communicate it to others. Through general education, North Central Missouri College equips students for success in their specialized areas of study and for fulfilled lives as educated persons, as active citizens and as effective contributors to their own prosperity and to the general welfare of society.

As knowledge of the world is structured, so must general education be constructed to introduce students to the traditional disciplines of the arts and sciences. As that knowledge is ever changing, so must general education alert students to connections between the traditional disciplines and to the potential for interaction among all branches of knowing, ordering, and imagining the real world. As the real world is diverse, so must general education inform students that the world is understood in different ways and provide them with the means to come to terms, intelligently and humanely, with the diversity. As the diversities of knowing and understanding must be made open and accessible, so students must acquire appropriate investigative, interpretative, and communicative competencies.

General Education Policy

In order to facilitate the transfer of students among institutions of higher education in the state, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education has supported the development of a statewide general education policy that is intended to ensure the portability of general education credit among Missouri’s colleges and universities. State-level curricular goals and institutional-level student competencies for general education fall into two categories: academic skills and knowledge.

  1. Skills Areas
    1. Communicating: To develop students’ effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically and to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
    2. Higher-Order Thinking: To develop students’ ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.
    3. Managing Information: To develop students’ abilities to locate, organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize, and annotate information from print, electronic, and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed decisions.
    4. Valuing: To develop students’ abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments about the way things ought to be. Students should be able to make informed decisions through identifying personal values and the values of others and through understanding how such values develop. They should be able to analyze the ethical implications of choices made on the basis of these values.
  2. Knowledge Areas
    1. Social and Behavioral Sciences: To develop students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. (Students must fulfill the state statute requirements for the United States and Missouri constitutions.)
    2. Humanities and Fine Arts: To develop students’ understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts; to deepen their understanding of how that imaginative process is informed and limited by social, cultural, linguistic, and historical circumstances; and to appreciate the world of the creative imagination as a form of knowledge.
    3. Mathematics: To develop students’ understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems and which could serve as a basis for continued learning. (The mathematics requirement for general education should have the same prerequisite(s) and level of rigor as college algebra.)
    4. Life and Physical Sciences: To develop students’ understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts.

View Transfer Opportunities for links to NCMC's transfer programs.