Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts to a four-year college. Courses are articulated with Iowa’s Regent universities. Students earning an Associate of Arts degree will meet most general education requirements and be admitted with junior standing.

A variety of general education and elective courses from a wide range of disciplines prepare students to transfer to a public or private four-year college or university. While at Hawkeye, students may choose to follow the guidelines of an emphasis area. Choosing an emphasis area can help guide the choice of electives in a Liberal Arts degree. It may also help students determine if the four-year degree or career track is the right choice.

Hawkeye has established articulation agreements with many four-year public and private colleges within Iowa. Students should work closely with a Hawkeye program advisor to ensure that courses transfer to a specific major or four-year college or university. During their first year at Hawkeye, students should contact the admissions office at the college they plan to transfer to in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed with a greater emphasis in mathematics and science than the Associate of Arts degree. Courses are articulated with Iowa’s Regent universities. Students earning an Associate in Science degree will meet most general education requirements and be admitted with junior standing. Students must work closely with a Hawkeye program advisor.

Liberal Arts Core

I. 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.

II. 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 you 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.

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 3 – 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.

Philosophy Statement

The Liberal Arts curriculum challenges students with the rigors of classical liberal arts educational opportunities and the current theoretical, technological, and scientific advancements. Students are prepared to take an active role in shaping the evolving standards and practices of today’s society and employment environment.

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 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.

Program Contacts


Lisa Ciesielski
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1727
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Lacy Knipper
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1086
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Dean of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258B
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Dean of Math, Natural and Social Sciences

Cynthia Bottrell
Grundy Hall 245
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