Associate of Arts Graduation Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education studies at St. Charles Community College guide students into a deeper understanding of themselves and of their responsibilities as citizens, and they provide the knowledge and skills on which to build a richer appreciation of their world.

NOTE: The courses below meet the general education requirements* for SCC and the state of Missouri. This sequence of courses is for the students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and have met their general education requirements. To obtain the Associate of Arts degree from SCC, students must also meet the Institutional Requirements outlined below. See: Associate of Arts Graduation Requirements.

* Some academic programs may require a specific course within a discipline. See the Degrees and Certificates section for details. Check with academic advising for transfer institution-specific requirements.

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 64 credit hours, including 42 credit hours of general education courses adhering to the minimums as listed below.
  • Complete 22 credit hours of elective courses as advised by an academic counselor, including one of the following, ART 1105, BAS/CPT 103, CPT 115, EDU 220 or test for competency.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
COMMUNICATIONS To develop students' effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically and to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness. 9

ENG 101, 102,
HON 100 
One Course from Group I
SPE 101, 102, 110

SOCIAL SCIENCES To develop students' understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others.  9

One Course from Group I:
HIS 101, 102, 115, 270
HON 100
POL 101, 102

One Course from Group II:
140, 175, 280
ECO 100, 110, 120
PSY 101
SOC 101, 102

One Additional Course from Group I or II, or:

HUMANITIES To develop students' understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts; to deepen their understanding of how that imaginative process is informed and limited by social, cultural, linguistic, and historical circumstances; and to appreciate the world of the creative imagination as a form of knowledge. 9

One Course from Group I:
ART 1001 (101), 1500 (150), 1505 (151), 2210 (160), 1200 (170), 2220 (222), 2401, 2501, 2551, 2601, 2701, 2751
ENG 201, 202, 203, 206, 207, 208, 209, 250
HON 100
MUS 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 229, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235
THE 122, 123, 124, 229, 230

One Course from Group II:
Any Foreign Language
BUS 105/CPT 105 

One Additional Course from Group I or II

To develop students' abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments about the way things ought to be. Students should be able to make informed decisions through identifying personal values and the values of others and through understanding how such values develop. They should be able to analyze the ethical implications of choices made on the basis of these values. 3

ANT 102, 103, 151, 161, 171, 201, 202, 220, 224
BUS 105 or CPT 105
BUS 255
CRJ 280
ESL 107, 108
GEO 100, 101, 102, 110
HIS 145, 146, 160, 202, 203, 240
LIT 200, 201, 207, 215, 216, 222, 230, 240, 242, 265, 267, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 280
LIT 241 or SOC 241,242
MUS 111
PHL 201
POL 201, 210, 220, 255
Any Foreign Language
SPE 215 or GLC 215

MATHEMATICS To develop students' understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems and which could serve as a basis for continued learning. 3-4

MAT 155 or higher

NOTE: A student who does not take MAT 155 or MAT 158 or MAT 162  to meet the Mathematics requirement, may need to take an additional credit hour, e.g. an additional science lab or an hour of GLC course to meet the 42 credit hour general education requirement.

Speak with your
counselor or advisor.

NATURAL SCIENCE To develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts. 7

One Course From Group I:
100, 105/106, 110/113, 120/121, 122, 130, 140, 150 or 160

One Course From Group II:
101/103, 110/113 or 115
PHY 105/107, 111/113,
125/127, 130/131, 150/153, 225/227, 240/243

At least one lab must be taken with a corresponding lecture course.

CAPSTONE To assess acquisition of knowledge and skills. 1 COL 299
Higher-Order Thinking. To develop students' ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.
Managing Information. To develop students' abilities to locate, organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize, and annotate information from print, electronic, and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed decisions.