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Liberal Arts Academy

The Liberal Arts Academy gives you the chance to take general education classes and earn college credit before you graduate from high school! You can take courses in humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and communications.

The Liberal Arts Academy is designed for high school students interested in earning their four-year degree. You can complete the Liberal Arts Academy in high school, earn your Associate’s degree at Hawkeye, and transfer to the four-year college or university of your choice!

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to course locations.
  • You are responsible for any supplies, field trips, and activities out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Liberal Arts Academy, you will receive up to 22 credits (approximately a $3,000 value) toward your Associate’s degree! You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as:

You can transfer to four-year colleges and universities including, but are not limited to:

  • Allen College
  • Central College
  • Iowa State University
  • Loras College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • Simpson College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Wartburg College

Where are courses located?

Liberal Arts Academy course locations:

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Liberal Arts Academy Courses

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have minimum score requirements; contact your guidance counselor for details.

Semester 1 – Fall
ENG105 Composition I * 3
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology * -OR- 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology * 3
Total Credits 6
Semester 2 – Spring
BIO154 Human Biology -OR- 3
Science Elective 3
ENG106 Composition II * 3
Total Credits 6
Semester 3 – Fall
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR- 3
MAT156 Statistics -OR- 3
MAT210 Calculus I 4
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication * 3
Total Credits 6
Semester 4 – Spring
HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval -OR- 3
Humanities Elective
Total Credits 3

BIO154 Human Biology

3 credits – This course explores human structure and function and the relationship of humans to other living organisms. The course examines the application of basic biological principles to practical human concerns. The course is a one-semester biology course intended for students who do not wish to major in the biological or health sciences.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG106 Composition II

3 credits – This course aims to review and extend writing principles learned in ENG105 Composition I to analytical, argumentative, and research-based writing. This course emphasizes critical reading, evaluation, and precise and responsible source citation.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: ENG105 Composition I

HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval

3 credits – This course traces the development of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1300 C.E., the end of the High Middle Ages. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course explores major political, social, economic, scientific, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing to Western societies. These include the significant events and contributions of early Middle Eastern civilizations, classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire, its successors, the rise of the Western Christian church, and Medieval Europe.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits – This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits – This course is the first in a calculus sequence. The course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives and applications of differentiation, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT134 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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