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AA 100 Associate in Arts, A.A.

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Graduates earning the Associate in Arts meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined by Public Act 87-581, revised PA 90-0655.  Courses meeting this requirement are designated with a ■ .

Curriculum No. 100

General education provides students the knowledge and abilities necessary for future growth as lifelong learners. The abilities of a generally educated person include, but are not limited to, reading, writing, listening, speaking, observing, calculating, and using technology.

General education attempts to develop the following: general knowledge, intellectual concepts, a system of personal values/responsibility, higher level skills in communication/quantification/thinking, and understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures/environments.

Institutional Student Learning Objectives are divided into four broad categories: Critical Competency, Creative Competency, Communicative Competency, and Cultural Competency. A complete list of the Student Learning Outcomes are available from the Office of Instruction.

Kishwaukee College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed General Education Core Curriculum between participating institutions. Completion of the General Education Core Curriculum at any participating college or university in Illinois assures transferring students that general education requirements for an associate or bachelor’s degree have been satisfied. A receiving institution may require admitted transfer students to complete an institution-wide and/or mission-related graduation requirement beyond the scope of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum.

These requirements are effective for students entering Kishwaukee College or any participating Illinois college or university in summer 1998 or later. Students who entered Kishwaukee College prior to summer 1998 may choose to complete the requirements listed below or choose to follow the requirements listed in a prior catalog according to the choice of catalog policy.

A minimum of 64 credit hours are required for the Associate in Arts degree or the Associate in Science degree. In fulfilling the required hours for the degree, no more than four hours of physical education activity courses may be used to fulfill the minimum hours required. Within the 64 hours, the following must be completed:

I. General Education

Communications - 9 Credit Hours

Students must receive grades of “C” or higher in ENG 103  and ENG 104 .

Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours

(Both MAT 201  and MAT 202  must be satisfactorily completed to fulfill the three-hour mathematics requirement. This two-course sequence fulfills the general education requirement only for students seeking state certification as elementary teachers.)

Science - 7 Credit Hours

Must include a course in life sciences and a course in physical science, and a lab corresponding to one of these courses.

*Denotes approved laboratory science course.

Humanities and Fine Arts - 9 Credit Hours

Must include one course in humanities, one course in fine arts, and one course in either humanities or fine arts.

**ENG 286 , HUM 119  or HUM 129  can fulfill one humanities/fine arts area but not both.

Attention Transfer Students:

The recommended courses listed should be reviewed with an Academic Advisor/Counselor to determine their applicability toward Kishwaukee College degree requirements as well as bachelor’s degree requirements of the four-year institution to which the student will transfer. All graduation and degree requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degree must be satisfied.


Graduates earning the Associate in Arts meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581, revised PA 90-0655. Courses meeting this requirement are designated with a ■

II. Student Success

Students transferring from other institutions with 30 or more credit hours will be exempt from the Student Success requirement. This requirement will be waived for students pursuing a second degree at Kishwaukee College.

One of the following:

III. Open Electives

Courses used to meet the open elective requirement may be selected from 100/200 level courses in fine arts, humanities, mathematics, physical science, life science, social sciences, or other undergraduate-level credit courses. Courses should be chosen according to the student’s intended major at the bachelor’s degree level. Students should consult with a Kishwaukee College faculty advisor, academic advisor/counselor, or the transfer institution to verify that selected courses will meet the requirement of the transfer institution. Educational Guarantees will be voided if this is not done.

A maximum of 4 credit hours of physical education activity credit can be applied to meeting this requirement.

IV. Additional Requirements

  1. Meet the College’s academic residency requirement: a minimum of 15 credit hours in 100/200 level course work must be completed at Kishwaukee College for each degree earned.
  2. Fulfill the cumulative grade point average requirement of 2.000 (“C”) in all 100/200 level courses attempted at Kishwaukee College.
  3. Resolve any incomplete grades in Kishwaukee College course work.
  4. Apply for graduation through Kishwaukee College Self-Service located in myKC.