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Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts 

Associate of Arts

Key Program Features: Small class sizes, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The curriculum for the Associate of Arts (AA) degree, grounded in the traditional liberal arts, prepares students to enter a broad variety of bachelor's degree majors, and provides students with skills that employers want most.

This includes helping to develop students with proficiency in decision-making and problem-solving, oral and written communication skills, quantitative reasoning ability, the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and the capacity to understand and use different modes of reasoning.

The Associate of Arts degree is an affordable option for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions after completing the first two years of study at Hocking College. The degree enables students to fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements of most four-year degree programs and is also recommended for students who have not yet decided the field they will enter or the four-year institution they will attend.

Outcomes - The Associate of Arts is a customized program designed to meet the career goals of the individual student.


Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Arts in Associate of Arts

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:
$420.00 — $746.00

Class Hours: 41.0 — 44.0
Lab Hours: 2.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 47.0-50.0
Lab Hours: 2.0-4.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  HUM-2203 Introduction to Ethics 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  ART-1110 Art Appreciation 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
OR HUM-2202 Theatre Appreciation Art 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 14.00 0.00 14.00 $175.00-$190.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SESMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ARCH-2280 Cultural Anthropology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $35.00
  ENGL-2123 English Composition II: Contemp Issues 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2124 English Composition II: Creative Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2126 English Composition II: Nature Readings 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2223 Business Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2225 Technical Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  MATH-1113 College Algebra 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
OR MATH-2250 Introductory Statistics 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
OR MATH-1130 Pre-Calculus 6.00 0.00 6.00 $40.00
  HUM-2201 Western Civilization and Culture 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
OR HUM-2200 Introduction to World Literature 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  *** OTM Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 13.00-15.00 0.00 13.00-15.00 $95.00-$187.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  SOCI-1101 Introduction to Sociology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  *** AA Elective I 0.00 0.00 6.00
  *** OTM Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00
    Totals 6.00 0.00 15.00 $55.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  PSYC-1120 Organizational Behavior 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
OR ECON-1140 Principles of Microeconomics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $92.00
OR ECON-2240 Principles of Macroeconomics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $92.00
  HUM-2200 Introduction to World Literature 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
OR HUM-2202 Theatre Appreciation Art 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  HUM-2207 Introduction to World Religions 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  *** AA Elective II 0.00 0.00 6.00
    Totals 8.00-9.00 0.00 - 2.00 15.00 $45.00 - $127.00
Class Hours: 14.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Fees: $175.00-$190.00

Class Hours: 16.00-18.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Fees: $135.00-$237.00

Class Hours: 9.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Cost: $70.00

Class Hours: 8.00-9.00 Lab Hours: 2.00-4.00 Cost: $200.00-$282.00

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The Associate of Arts Degree is a Part of the Hocking Advantage

Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Arts

  • The Associate of Arts is a customized program designed to meet the career goals of the individual student.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 34%
2015 - 2016 33%
2014 - 2015 42%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 11.45%
2015 - 2016 8.14%
2014 - 2015 13.33%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A


2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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