The AA Degree is a general education and pre-professional degree designed to provide you with skills and competencies in a wide range of subjects and is a stepping stone on the way to further educational goals. Many opportunities in the job market seek a minimum education requirement of an Associate Degree and this can translate to $360,000 more in lifetime earnings compared to that of a high school diploma. AA degrees are offered in different areas of study (e.g., Liberal Arts, Hawaiian Studies, Teaching) and can assist you in entering a specific career or furthering your education in that field. Leeward's AA program fulfills a majority of freshman and sophomore requirements for a baccalaureate degree at any one of the University of Hawaii campuses. If you intend to transfer into a 4-year degree program, speak with a counselor to plan your AA degree in accordance with the baccalaureate program at your future University.
AA Degree Overall Requirements
- Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 GPR or better for all courses used to meet the degree requirements (Transfer coursework is not calculated into the GPR)
- 60 credits, all in courses numbered 100 or above
- A maximum of 48 transfer credits earned at other colleges may be applied toward the degree
- A minimum of 12 credits of courses number 100 or above must be earned at Leeward CC
- The 60 credits are composed of:
- 31 credits in General Education Core requirements (12 credits in Foundation, 19 credits in Diversification)
- 29 credits of electives
- Graduation Requirements (Focus Requirements):
- 1 course: Contemporary Ethical Issues (ETH)
- 1 course: Hawaiian, Asian, & Pacific Issues (HAP)
- 2 courses: Writing Intensive (WI)
- 1 course: Oral Communication (OC)
AA Degree Course and Credit Breakdown
|General Education Foundation Requirements|
|Written Communication (FW)
|Symbolic Reasoning (FS)
One of the following
|Global Multicultural Perspectives (FG)
2 courses, each from a different group
|General Education Diversification Requirements|
|Diversification Arts, Humanities, and Literature (DA/DH/DL)
6 credits required from two different disciplines (subjects)
Note: HWST 107 is a recommended DH course that also satisfies the HAP Graduation Requirement
|Diversification Social Sciences (DS)
6 credits required from two different disciplines
|Diversification Natural Sciences (DB/DP/DY)
3 credits from the biological science area (DB), 3 credits from the physical science area (DP), and a science laboratory/field-trip course (DY) that matches one of the chosen science courses.
|Combination of courses numbered 100 or above not previously taken for General Education credits|
|These requirements should overlap with your general education and elective requirements. See an academic advisor for help with degree planning.
|Total AA Degree Credits||60|
NOTES: *Elective credits come from courses of your choosing; however, if you pursue an AA degree with a concentration (such as Hawaiian Studies), or an Academic Subject Certificate, many of these may be replaced with core requirements or electives from that program. **This E-focus requirement is not the same as required by UH Mānoa. UH Mānoa requires a 300-level E-focus course for graduation. However, all approved E-focus courses from UH Mānoa, UHWO, or any community college will meet the Leeward CC E-focus graduation requirement. ***This oral requirement is not the same as required by UH Mānoa.