Program Overview

The Associate of Arts program at Richland Community College can be completed entirely online. The program is designed for those that are interested in transferring to a four-year educational institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree. All courses provide convenient and flexible schedules that allow course work to be completed at home. The program’s curriculum will cover a wide variety of subjects ensuring students build a strong foundation within many areas of study. The normal program length is two years. 

The program requires the student to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in order to graduate. The 60 credit total is pided into group requirements, areas of concentration, and general education courses. Students that transfer to the Associate of Arts program must complete at least 15 credit hours at Richland Community College to receive the degree. All courses must be over a course number of 100. 

The group requirement courses include five subject areas: Communications, Fine Arts/Humanities, Social Science, Life/Physical Science, and Mathematics. The area of concentration requires students to complete one of two options. The first option is to complete two or more courses within one or more sequences in accounting, English, French, history, psychology, or physical education. The second option is to complete a minimum of four courses within broad subjects such as business, humanities, and social science. The second option is for students that are not interested in focusing on one specific subject. Finally, students will need to complete 39-43 general education credits.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Prospective students must:
    • Be a high school graduate, or
    • Have received a High School Equivalency Certificate based on the GED test, or
    • Be a home schooled student that has taken an “ability to benefit” test that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or
    • Intend to enroll in a GED course, or 
    • Be a high school junior or senior that has been approved for enrollment by the principal, or 
    • Be a “gifted” high school student under the age of 16 and has the approval of the principal. 
    • Submit official high school or college transcripts
    • Submit the admission application 
    • Submit ACT or other comparable test scores

    School Overview

    Richland Community College, located in Decatur, Illinois, is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1971 as the Community College of Decatur. The aim of the institution was to provide the citizens in the county an opportunity to receive a higher education. In 1975, the school changed to its present day name and moved to a permanent campus location. Today, the college works offer those in the Richland area and beyond a quality education that is affordable and accessible.

    Students come to RCC to earn an associate’s degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, prepare for the GED, earn a certificate, explore a new career, keep job skills current, or take courses that relate to personal interests. The school is made up of the following divisions:

    • Mathematics, Science & Business
    • Liberal Arts
    • Continuing and Professional Education
    • Health Professions
    • Correctional Education Programs
    • Workforce Development

    RCC offers programs in an online learning environment awarding degrees and certificates in online and hybrid formats.


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