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Associate in Arts

Program Details

Richland College currently offers an Associate of Arts Degree that can be taken through a combination of distance learning and on-campus courses, or (if planned correctly) may be earned completely through long-distance learning.  The requirements for this degree include a minimum of 60 credit hours, which include specified courses.  These include a set of core foundations as well as elective classes.  Core courses include classes such as English, History, and Math, while electives include classes in humanities and a selected language.

There are three tiers in this curriculum.  The first tier involves Core Foundations and includes Critical Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening (language), and Quantitative Reasoning (Math).  Tier two, (Core Domains) includes Qualitative Reasoning, Literacy and Research, Self and Society, and Scientific Discovery and Sustainability.  Finally, tier three (Integrative Learning) includes Critical Issues in Local, National, and Global Contexts.  Classes are either assigned or selected from each of these tiers in order to complete all the requirements. 

A student must also select 18 credit hours from classes of General Electives that do not include certain subjects (see admissions page for those subjects).  Please note that a class that is taken to meet a tier requirement cannot be used to complete a General Elective requirement.

The Associate of Arts Degree is a two-year program generally used in conjunction with a transfer to a four-year degree from a college or university.  In order to complete this degree, the student must have a GPA of at least 2.00 and earn a “C” or better in certain subjects.  Texas also has certain prerequisites that are included in the Texas Success Initiate (TSI).  Students who wish to transfer to another educational institution are advised to work directly with a counselor.  Please note other institutions are not required to accept grades that are below a “C” when transferring.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges