Associate in Arts Degree Program

Program Overview

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

  1. 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)
  2. 60 credits, all in courses numbered 100 or above
  3. A maximum of 48 transfer credits earned at other colleges may be applied toward the degree
  4. A minimum of 12 credits of courses number 100 or above must be earned at Leeward CC
  5. 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

Course Credits
General Education Foundation Requirements
Written Communication (FW)
  • ENG 100 Composition I
  • or ENG 100E Composition I (for non-native speakers of English)
3
Symbolic Reasoning (FS)
One of the following
  • PHIL 110
  • MATH 100, MATH 100C, MATH 103
  • MATH 112, MATH 115, MATH 135, MATH 140, MATH 140x, MATH 203, MATH 205
  • ICS 141, ICS 241
3
Global Multicultural Perspectives (FG)
2 courses, each from a different group
  • Group A: ANTH 151, ART 175, HIST 151
  • Group B: ANTH 152, ART 176, BUSN 277, BUSN 279, GEOG 102, HIST 152
  • Group C: GEOG 151, MUS 107, REL 150
6
Foundation Credits 12
General Education Diversification Requirements
Diversification Arts, Humanities, and Literature (DA/DH/DL)
6 credits required from two different disciplines (subjects)
  • See Catalog for courses that fulfill DA, DH, or DL requirements.

Note: HWST 107 is a recommended DH course that also satisfies the HAP Graduation Requirement

6
Diversification Social Sciences (DS)
6 credits required from two different disciplines
  • See Catalog for courses that fulfill DS requirements.
6
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.
  • See Catalog for courses that fulfill DB, DP and DY requirements
7
Diversification Credits 19
Elective Requirements
Combination of courses numbered 100 or above not previously taken for General Education credits
Elective Credits 29
Graduation Requirements
These requirements should overlap with your general education and elective requirements. See an academic advisor for help with degree planning.
  • 1 course: Contemporary Ethical Issues (ETH)**
  • 1 course: Hawaiian, Asian, & Pacific Issues (HAP)
  • 2 courses: Writing Intensive (WI)
  • 1 course: Oral Communication (OC)***
  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.

Courses that fulfill the AA degree requirements (pdf)