The Associate of Arts Degree at The Ohio State University at Lima is a two-year liberal arts degree that gets students started on an exciting relationship with learning that will last a lifetime. In two short years, students can receive an Ohio State degree and the pride and opportunities that come with being a Buckeye.
An Associate of Arts Degree can be the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree or a stand-alone degree. This program is designed for students who are interested in addtional education after high school, but don’t want to commit to a four-year degree program as well as for those who want a solid educational foundation but aren’t sure of all their options. Others may be undecided about a major but would still like to start college. Students in this program take coursework that will count toward all majors or degree programs so when they finally decide on a career path, they have already fulfilled much of the required coursework. This is not a terminal degree like some technical-based associate’s degrees; all of the credits apply directly toward a baccalaureate degree at Ohio State.
To earn the Associate of Arts degree at Ohio State, a student must complete 60 semester hours of coursework. Approximately half of those hours (33 semester hours) are in social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. These are referred to as the basic required courses. College level foreign language is also accepted but not required.
The remaining courses – totaling at least 27 semester hours – include those classes that satisfy the general requirements for the individual student’s future baccalaureate program or those courses that meet individual needs. Although the degree is general in nature, students may take a majority of their remaining 27 elective hours in a subject area of special interest to them.
For more information about the Associate of Arts Degree, please contact the Ohio State Lima Advising Office at (419)995-8264.