General Studies

Associate of Arts (AA)


The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is restricted to 60 semester credit hours. Of these, 42 semester credit hours must satisfy the requirements of the core curriculum. An additional 18 semester credit hours of approved electives are required to meet the maximum 60 semester credit hours for the AA degree.

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What Will I Learn?

Students are required to complete Core Curriculum, commonly referred to as “basics” or “general education courses.” The Core Curriculum includes selections—some required and some optional—from the following subject areas: Art Appreciation, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Education, English, Fine Art Appreciation, Government, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Speech.

What can I do with this Degree

The Associate of Arts degree is the foundation for the Bachelor of Arts degree in institutions of higher learning in Texas. With an Associate of Arts degree from Lamar Institute of Technology, students will be able to transfer to any Texas institution of higher education to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

You are required to complete coursework in nine categories: Communication (6 SCH), Math (3 SCH), Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH), Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 SCH), Creative Arts (3 SCH), History (6 SCH), Government (6 SCH), Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH) and Component Area Option (6 SCH). Students also must choose 18 SCH from the same class list to satisfy approved degree electives. 

Program Credits: 60 
Lecture Hours: 58 
Lab Hours: 2
Program Credits: 60
Lecture Hours: 27
Lab Hours: 0
Lamar Institute of Technology is an open-enrollment campus. Any student accepted to attend the Institute is welcome as an Associate of Arts major.
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