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Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Liberal Arts Core Coursework

I. Natural Science and Mathematics

A. Biological Sciences: Establishes a framework of key concepts that deal with health issues, ethical controversies, social responsibility, and environmental quality. The laboratory experience allows the student to be introduced to the process of science.

B. Physical Sciences: Explores the chemical and physical nature of our universe. The laboratory experience introduces the student to the world of scientific technology.

C. Mathematics: Establishes an understanding of various mathematical concepts, such as finances, statistics, algebra, and geometry so that students can use them effectively in their lives.

II. Humanities

A. Western Civilization: Provides the framework for the common origins and meaning of European and American ways of life by studying their development throughout history.

B1. Humanities—Literature and Fine Arts: Introduces dynamic and holistic ways of viewing the human condition.

B2. Humanities—Philosophy and Religion: Provides a basis of concepts and values that have influenced numerous cultures around the world.

B3. Humanities—Non-Western Cultures: Raises awareness of other cultures, including their diverse economic, political, family, and religious structures.

III. Social Sciences

A. People and Their Relationships: Provides a foundation for understanding mental processes, individual behavior, and social interaction.

B. American Society: Explores the evolution of U.S. government and society and the meaning of these developments to today’s world.

C. Other Social Sciences: Examines the impact of time, place, and major life events on individual behavior and social interaction.

IV. Communications

A. Written Communications: Enhances student ability to study and scrutinize issues while also broadening their reading and writing skills.

B. Oral Communications: Explores ways to improve critical thinking, idea articulation, public speaking, and attentive listening in order to increase understanding and productivity.

V. Social Diversity

Considers ideas of difference and inequality in contemporary U.S. society.

VI. Elective Courses

Courses beyond general education requirements. May include courses from any Category I, II, III or V. Up to 16 technical credit hours may be used as electives.

Degree Details

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

Degree Requirements & Course Cost

Transferring

Program Outcomes

Students taking liberal arts courses at Hawkeye are not only equipped with a strong foundation for most programs offered by four-year colleges or universities, but they are also able to develop attitudes, values, and skills that will allow them to become constructive adults, both individually and within their communities.

Students receiving an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from Hawkeye will have developed the following skills:

  • Communication: Students will develop speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills.

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will acquire, evaluate, and analyze information; develop sound reasoning skills; and apply the principles of the scientific method.

  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will develop skills in problem-solving, logical thinking, and application of mathematical processes.

  • Community and Global Awareness: Students will recognize and appreciate diversity, historical viewpoints, and the global perspective.

  • Individual Development: Students will cultivate ethical values, personal wellness, and personal learning strategies.

  • Artistic Expression: Students will acquire a global and cultural understanding of the role of the arts, instilling the personal curiosity and skills for creative expression and endeavors.

  • Information Management: Students will apply technological methods to retrieve, process, and communicate information.

Transfer Tip sheets

Hawkeye has established articulation agreements with many four-year public and private colleges within Iowa including:

College / University * Location
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
Iowa State University Ames, IA
Allen College—UnityPoint Health Waterloo, IA
Central College Pella, IA
Loras College Dubuque, IA
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport, IA
Simpson College Indianola, IA
Upper Iowa University Fayette and Waterloo, IA
Wartburg College Waverly, IA

* This list is only a small representation of the colleges and universities to which you may choose to transfer.

 When planning your transfer, be sure you are working with an Academic Advisor at Hawkeye and an advisor at the college or university you plan to transfer too to help ensure a smooth transfer.

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Emphasis Areas

Choosing an emphasis area will help guide your choice of electives in your Liberal Arts degree. It may also help you determine if the career track is the right choice for you.

Associate of Arts emphasis areas

Associate of Science emphasis areas

Contact Us

Communications, Humanities, Education, Social Science, and Arts
Student Success Specialist Tiffany Dodd Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1060 Black Hawk Hall 261
Academic Advisors Student Services Email us 319-296-4014 Hawkeye Center 208
Secretary Deb Hacker Email me 319-296-4007 Black Hawk Hall 258
Dean Catharine Freeman Email me 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Business
Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 285
Academic Advisors Student Services Email us 319-296-4014 Hawkeye Center 208
Secretary Katherine Konrardy Email me 319-296-4012 Grundy Hall 266
Dean Cynthia Bottrell, Ph.D. Email me 319-296-4470 Grundy Hall 266
Dean Michael Roth, Ph.D. Email me 319-296-4470 Grundy Hall 266
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