Liberal Arts/Liberal Studies - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)

Description

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a focus in liberal arts/liberal studies meets the state of Oregon transfer degree requirements allowing students to transfer to an Oregon public university and some out-of-state universities having met all lower-division general education requirements. Liberal studies, also known as liberal arts, is a program of study in higher education that varies between institutions but generally encompasses a broad array of arts and letters, social science, and science courses.

As a major, liberal studies frequently encourages connections between the disciplines and includes a focus on strong communication and critical thinking skills. Some schools define a variety of liberal studies choices for students, while others, like Oregon State University-Cascades, support students to self-design a major around a theme.

This major is a effective choice for students who have specific career or personal goals, who enjoy a wide range of disciplines, and who appreciate the flexibility provided.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.

Health

  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.

Mathematics

  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Health:
Choose 3 credits 13
Mathematics:
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Writing:
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Electives
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

Students are encouraged to consider meeting Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) requirements for their transfer institution in the first two years. This requirement varies, but frequently the BA requirement is one or two years of a foreign language, and the BS requirement is additional math (or math/science/computer science).

In choosing electives, students should consider their future liberal studies theme. 

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Mathematics:4
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits14-16
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective3
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
4
 Credits16-18
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science 3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits17-21
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits14-17
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits14-17
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits15-17
 Total Credits90-106

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