General Transfer Studies, Associate in Arts Degree

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The Associate in Arts degree program provides students with the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree with a major in almost any area at a four-year college or university. Students completing the Associate in Arts degree requirements will have completed the 42 credit hours of general education for all public colleges and universities in Missouri. These courses from various general areas become the foundation for advanced study in a number of disciplines.

Students should select their transfer courses carefully and become familiar with the requirements at the institution to which they plan to transfer. Many bachelor degree programs have very specific requirements for the freshman and sophomore years, and it is the transferring student’s responsibility to ensure that courses will apply to the bachelor’s degree. Students are encouraged to talk to a counselor or advisor to assist in planning a program of study or if they are considering a change in academic plans. Information about the requirements of many transfer institutions is available at

St. Louis Community College’s Associate in Arts degree requires 42 credit hours of general education courses. These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop skills and knowledge that will enhance their lives far beyond graduation. Students who complete the 42-credit hour block of general education courses will have “Missouri General Education Requirement completed” noted on their transcripts. Students who complete this block will have satisfied all general education at any Missouri public college or university to which they may transfer. Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor for specific requirements. Many private institutions also accept the 42-credit hour block to satisfy their general education requirements.

In addition to the 42 credit hours of general education, students will select 18 credit hours to complete the 60-credit hour Associate in Arts degree. Students should work closely with an advisor to select courses that are transferable to a degree program at a four-year institution. For students who have clear academic goals these courses may be in a specified academic field, while other students may use these credits to sample a variety of courses to help them determine future academic plans.

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The following program requirements are effective beginning summer 2018.

Program of Study

General Education 1
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
COM 101Oral Communication I3
or COM 107 Public Speaking
MTH xxxMathematics Requirement4
XXX xxxSocial and Behavioral Sciences (including 3 credit hours that satisfy the Missouri constitution requirement)9
XXX xxxHumanities and Fine Arts9
XXX xxxLife and Physical Sciences (One lab course required)7
IDS xxxInterdisciplinary Studies3
GEN 200Capstone1
Elective credits within the Associate in Arts degree allow the student to begin working toward an academic major by selecting courses within a discipline or to continue to explore various subjects at an introductory level. Students should consult their transfer institution and/or work with an advisor for best course options.18
Total Credit Hours60

Students who complete the 42-credit hour general education block will have “Missouri General Education Requirements completed” noted on their transcript. Students must include at least one course that meets Global/Intercultural Requirements.


Business Administration

Students are encouraged to take ECO 151 and ECO 152 to partially satisfy their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements. Students are encouraged to work closely with their transfer institution to determine which courses are most appropriate for their desired major.

ACC 110Financial Accounting I4
ACC 114Managerial Accounting3
BUS 104Introduction to Business Administration3
BLW 101Business Law I3
or BLW 201 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 201Elementary Statistics3
IB 100International Business3
IS 1033
or IS 116 Computer Literacy
MGT 204Business Organization and Management3
MGT 204Business Organization and Management3
MKT 203Principles of Marketing3


COM 104Persuasion3
COM 107Public Speaking3
COM 110Organizational Communication in a Global Age3
COM 114Oral Interpretation of Literature3
COM 200Communication Between Cultures3
COM 201Interpersonal Communication3

Film Studies

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications3
MCM 130Film Appreciation3
MCM 115Acting for the Camera3
MCM 125Scriptwriting for Television and Film3
MCM 131History of Film3
MCM 132Major Themes in Film3
MCM 134Filmmaking3
MCM 209Black Cinema3
MCM 215Major Film Directors3
MCM 218Advanced Filmmaking3
MCM 219Multimedia Applications1-3

Life Sciences

BIO 140Principles of Biology I4
BIO 141Principles of Biology II4
CHM 206Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHM 207Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHM 211Organic Chemistry Lab II2
PHY 111College Physics I4
PHY 112College Physics II4


ESC 101Scientific Computer Programming3
MTH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MTH 230Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
MTH 240Differential Equations3
MTH 215Linear Algebra3
Students are encouraged to select from the following courses to fulfill requirements for Life and Physical Sciences general education: 1
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Lecture I
Organic Chemistry Lecture II
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry Lab II
Engineering Physics I
Engineering Physics II

 Please see most current list of courses accepted for general education credit.

Media Communications

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications3
MCM 120Introduction to Broadcasting3
MCM 110Journalism I: Writing and Reporting3
MCM 102Media Literacy3
MCM 112Feature Writing3
MCM 113Applied Journalism3
MCM 121Television Production3
MCM 122Applied Broadcasting3
MCM 123Broadcast Journalism3
MCM 124Radio Production3
MCM 125Scriptwriting for Television and Film3
MCM 201Workplace Learning I: Media3


MUS 101Music Theory I4
MUS 102Music Theory II4
MUS 121Class Piano I2
MUS 122Class Piano II2
MUS 201Music Theory III4
MUS 202Music Theory IV4
MUS 221Class Piano III2
MUS 222Class Piano IV2
MUS xxxBand, orchestra, choir, or jazz ensembles4

Public Relations/Advertising

MCM 101Introduction to Mass Communications3
MCM 102Media Literacy3
MCM 140Introduction to Advertising3
MCM 141Public Relations3
MCM 142Applied Advertising3
MCM 201Workplace Learning I: Media3
MCM 211Applied Public Relations3
COM 104Persuasion3


THT 101Introduction to Theatre3
THT 102Stagecraft3
THT 106Theatre Practicum3
THT 107Playwriting3
THT 108Acting I3
THT 109Acting II3
THT 110History of Theatre3
THT 115Acting for the Camera3
THT 201Directing3
COM 114Oral Interpretation of Literature3