Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Education is designed to introduce students to the challenges and rewards of college level work and to the core skills of professional careers. Its courses expose students to a broad range of subjects, including written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences, and natural sciences. The program’s outcomes emphasize key intellectual skills which transcend disciplinary boundaries and which are essential for the successful college undergraduate. Upon successful completion of the A.A. program, students will have a solid preparation for further undergraduate study at the bachelor’s level and for the baseline needs and expectations of the contemporary American workplace.

Graduation Requirements
  • A minimum of 60 credits is required.
  • Completion of degree program requirements.
  • 24 credits in residence with a 2.0 minimum grade point average.
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived by the CSU or IGETC certification.
  • LBSU 100, LBSU 101, LBSU 105 and SPNU 110 cannot be satisfied in transfer.

    The A.A. Degree requires successful completion of 60 credit hours with a minimum cumulative 2.0 G.P.A. Successful completion of the A.A. degree satisfies the Basic Skills and Breadth requirements in the General Education program for Brandman University bachelor’s programs.

    Students who are admitted to the program will begin their studies with the following sequence of courses: LBSU 100, LBSU 101, ENGU 103, ENGU 104, and LBSU 105. LBSU 100 and/or LBSU 101 and ENGU 103 may be taken concurrently; and ENGU 104 and LBSU 105 may be taken concurrently. ENGU 103 and ENGU 104 may be satisfied in transfer.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Written Fluency: Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
  • Oral Fluency: Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
  • Quantitative Fluency: Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
  • Applied Learning: Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product.
  • Global Cultures/Engaging Diverse Perspectives: Explain how knowledge from different cultural perspectives would affect one’s interpretation of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations.
  • Information Literacy: Evaluate and cite various information resources necessary to complete an academic research essay.
Language Learning Outcomes
  • Listening: Understand main points in well-structured live lectures, recordings, and videos on general interest topics and on more detailed discipline-specific topics. (English and Spanish)
  • Speaking: Describe general interest topics and more detailed discipline-specific topics in a straightforward manner without difficulty so that they can be easily followed. (English and Spanish)
  • Interacting: Engage in unprepared conversations with one or more individuals on general interest topics and more detailed discipline-specific topics and maintain a relatively steady flow of dialogue. (English and Spanish)
  • Reading: Identify specific topics in written resources, determine main ideas (and supporting) idea(s) of readings, and follow instructions for general activities and more detailed discipline-specific activities. (English)
  • Writing: Write clear descriptions, explanations, and/or instructions for general activities and more detailed discipline-specific activities. (English)

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