Associate in Arts Degrees

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Associate in Arts Degrees

The Associate in Arts (AA) is a two-year liberal arts degree. The AA is not a prerequisite for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Bryn Athyn College and is designed for students who are leaving Bryn Athyn College before completing a BA/BS. Therefore, students qualifying for a BA/BS may not also receive an AA. For students planning to complete degrees elsewhere, the AA degree can be a good guide for course selection.

AA Requirements Worksheet

AA Graduation Application

Associate in Arts Degrees: Art, Biology, English, English Literature, History, Language, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Social Sciences.

Pre-Professional Associate in Arts Degrees: Building Arts, Pre-Nursing

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  • A total of 62 credits. Of the 62 credits required for the AA, a minimum of 33 must be Bryn Athyn College credits and the last 27 must be in residence. Note: Exceptions will be made in the final 27 credit requirement for those students in approved internships or approved courses or programs at other institutions.
  • Attendance at the College for at least three full-time terms.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.
  • A passing score on the Information Literacy test.
  • The completion of the Core Requirements outlined below.
  • The completion of the Core Skill Requirements outlined below.
  • The completion of the Emphasis Requirements outlined below.

Note: Core requirements may overlap with emphasis requirements.

  • 9 credits – Religion (including service and religion internships)
    Note: six credits must be in religious doctrine.
  • 3 credits – Moral or Civil course
    Note: may overlap with History/Social Science.
  • 3 credits – Worldviews
  • 6 credits – Writing 101 and 202
  • 3 credits – Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Dance*, or Literature
  • 4 credits – Science
    Note: includes Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics.
  • 3 credits – History or Social Science
    Note: may overlap with Moral/Civil.
  • 1 credit – Physical Education or Dance*

Total 32 credits
* Dance credits fulfilling requirement #5 may not also fulfill #8 and vice versa.

  • Passing the Information Literacy test
  • Completing one course in QR and one course in either PP or IL.*

*Successful completion of the IL component of Writing 202 fulfills the IL course requirement for the AA degree.

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Emphasis Requirements for AA Degree

All students must choose one emphasis from this list below and meet the corresponding requirements listed.

  • Nine credits in dance, fine arts, music or theater, with at least three credits at the 200-level or higher
  • At least three of these credits must be in art history

  • Biology 122 and Biology 123 or equivalent AP credit
  • Three credits in biology at the 200-level or higher
  • Any three credits physical science or mathematics

Pre-professional Associate in Arts Degrees have unique requirements:

Core Courses: 22-25 credits

  • 9 credits – Three religion courses
  • 0 or 3 credits – Math 101 (or placement out of Math 101)
  • 3 credits – Writing 101
  • 3 credits – Economics 131 (Macroeconomics) or Economics 132 (Microeconomics) (QR course)
  • 3 credits – History 211 (Artifacts, Archeology, and Museums) or History 270 (Archives Theory)
  • 4 credits – Science (Chem 101, 110, Earth Science 110, Physics 180, or 210)

Program Specific Lecture Courses: 12 credits

  • 3 credits – FA 121 (Building Arts Foundation)
  • 3 credits – FA 102 or FA 112/212 (Art History)
  • 3 credits – FA 204 (Building Materials)
  • 3 credits – FA 213 (Bryn Athyn’s National Historic Landmarks)

Program Specific Studio & Practice Courses: 28 credits

  • 3 credits – FA 122 (Forging)
  • 3 credits – FA 128 (Stained Glass)
  • 3 credits – FA 140 (Drawing and Painting)
  • 6 credits – Two of FA 120 (Metals), FA 130 (Ceramics), or FA 126 (Stone Carving)
  • 3 credits – FA 198 (Internship, on campus)
  • 3 credits – FA 228 (Stained Glass), or FA 222 (Forging), or 200 level stone carving internship
  • 3 credits – FA 232 (CAD)
  • 2 credits – FA 298 (Internship in Forging, Stained Glass, or Stone Carving)
  • 3 credits – FA 299 (Independent Study in Forging, Stained Glass, or Stone Carving)

Total Program Requirement: 62 credits

  • Bus141
  • Econ131 or 132
  • Bus254, 256 or 257. 

Any additional 3 credit courses in Business, Communications or Economics at the 200+ level 

  • Nine credits in education with at least three credits at the 200-level or higher

  • Six credits of English literature beyond Writing 101 and Writing 202

  • Nine credits in history with at least three credits at the 200-level or higher

  • Six credits in a single language at the 200-level or higher

  • Mathematics 150 and Mathematics 151 or equivalent AP credit
  • Three credits of computer science or mathematics at the 200-level or higher

  • Philosophy 101, Philosophy 102, and Philosophy 111
  • Three credits of Philosophy at the 200-level or higher

  • Introduction to Biology for Nursing Students (Biology 124) 3 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (Biology 210/220) 8 credits
  • Microbiology (Biology 250) 4 credits
  • General Chemistry I & II (Chemistry 110/111) 8 credits
  • Statistics (Mathematics 130) 4 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 101) 3 credits
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psychology 201) 3 credits
  • Human Development: Lifespan (Psychology 204) 3 credits
  • Nutrition (Health 110) 3 credits
  • College Algebra (Math 115) or higher 3 credits
  • Introductory Sociology (Sociology 110) 3 or 4 credits
  • Expository Writing (Writing 101) 3 credits
  • Writing About Literature (Writing 202) 3 credits
  • Religion: Any four religion courses (including residency requirement) 12 credits
  • First Year Seminar (FYS 101) 1 credits
  • Electives 6 credits
    • Six credits from among the following: Anthropology 110; Philosophy 101 or higher

** Students who have received Advanced Placement (AP) test credits may use them to replace Biology 124 and any non-science or non-math courses. AP credits may not be used for any other math or science prerequisites.

  • Nine credits in psychology with at least three credits at the 200-level or higher

  • 15 credits in Religion with at least six credits at the 200-level or higher
  • At least three credits in Scriptural religion and at least three credits in comparative religion
  • Courses used to meet residency requirements may be used to fill these requirements
  • Core requirements must include both a moral course and a civil course

  • Nine credits in anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology
  • With at least three credits at the 200-level or higher