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Associate in Arts, General Education Requirements

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The Associate in Arts Degree prepares students for transfer to universities with advanced standing. The courses are comparable to lower division level courses at Kansas Regents colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts Degree is awarded upon completion of the planned program of not less than 60 college credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or overall “C.” To be eligible for graduation, students must have completed at least fifteen (15) credit hours from Barton Community College (Barton). Students who remain continuously enrolled from time of entry to application for graduation will be held to the catalog requirements in effect when they declare their program of study, unless a later catalog is adopted. “Continuous enrollment” refers to annual fall and spring semester enrollment (or equivalent) in a minimum of at least one credit bearing course per semester. Should a student’s enrollment be interrupted, they will be held to the guidelines and requirements of the catalog of record at the time of program re-entry.

This guideline does not apply to students with documented leave of absence justification or members of the military involved in deployment operations. Changes to prerequisites and/or curriculum which occur for purposes beyond graduation – e.g. regulatory and legislative updates, third party accreditation or other certification bodies requirements, increased skill demand from industry, employment or transfer requirement changes, or recommended and/or mandated changes from the Kansas Board of Regents or other such entities are not subject to these catalog requirements.

Prior coursework may be evaluated to determine currency of content before including the credit hours toward a certificate or degree. Developmental courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Barton’s General Education program aligns with the Kansas Systemwide General Education program. In order to complete the General Education program, a student must complete 34 to 35 credit hours in the requirements and distribution of credits as outlined below:

English Discipline Area
Six (6) credit hours
ENGL 1204 English Composition I (3) or ENGL 1209 English Composition I with Review (5) AND ENGL 1206 English Composition II (3)

Communications Discipline Area
Three (3) credit hours
COMM 1200 Interpersonal Communication (3) or COMM 1230 Public Speaking (3)

Mathematics and Statistics Discipline Area
Three (3) credit hours
Appropriate mathematics or statistics course based upon area of study
Courses are QMAT 1826 Contemporary Mathematics (4) or QMAT 1828 Contemporary Mathematics (3) or MATH 1826 College Algebra (5) or MATH 1828 College Algebra (3) or STAT 1829 Elements of Statistics (3) or STAT 1833 Elements of Statistics (4) or STAT 1840 Business and Economic Statistics I (3) or BUSI 1609 Business Statistics or higher-level mathematics course

Natural and Physical Sciences Discipline Area
Four (4) to five (5) credit hours
Must include a lab
Subject codes include CHEM, LIFE, PHSC, and PHYS

Social and Behavioral Sciences Discipline Area
Six (6) credit hours
Must choose at least two different subject codes
Subject codes include ANTH, CRIM, ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, and SOCI

Arts and Humanities Discipline Area
Six (6) credit hours
Must choose at least two different subject codes
Subject codes include ARTS, COMM, DANC, ENGL, HIST, LANG, LITR, MUSI, PHIL, RELI, and THEA

Technology, Performance and Personal Well-Being Discipline Area
Six (6) credit hours
Courses in this area are designed for personal growth and useful skills
Subject codes typically include ARTS, BSTC, DANC, ECON, EDUC, HLTH, MUSI, PHED, PRGM, PSYC, and THEA