Associate of Arts/Science in Liberal Arts

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Faulkner University offers an online Associate of Arts and Science degree with a concentration in Liberal Arts. The College of Arts and Sciences highlights the importance and versatility of a liberal arts education. An online liberal arts degree prepares students for entrance into bachelor degree programs as well as exciting career opportunities.

Objectives and Overview of the Program

The online associate degree in liberal arts is a helpful tool to advance your career while furthering your knowledge. Employers are consistently looking for potential hires that show many of the skills an online liberal arts degree offers, such as critical thinking, awareness of varied perspectives while working on a team, and adaptability when it comes to decision making. Workplaces are more complex and interconnected than ever before, and employers want graduates who can understand the bigger picture.

Faulkner University’s online liberal arts degree includes curriculum that emphasizes writing, reading, critical thinking and research as well as a focus on math, science, or business. Also, an online liberal arts degree from Faulkner University can be completed at a quicker pace than traditional programs, getting you on the path to your career faster.

Courses We Offer

The online liberal arts degree from Faulkner University requires courses taken in a variety of subjects, including but not limited to Christian literacy, cultural heritage, mathematics and sciences, computer programming, psychology, ethics, and English literature. By studying a broad base of courses, students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, a critical sense of their social location, and an awareness of social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and class that affects how organizations operate.

Course Requirements

Christian Literacy*

  • BI 1211 or BI 1311 Life of Christ (2‑3 hours)
  • BI 1214 or BI 1314 Book of Acts (2‑3 hours)
  • BI 2202 or BI 2302 Pentateuch (2‑3 hours)
  • BI Elective (2‑3 hours)

Total Hours 8‑12

Cultural Heritage Literacy

  • HU 1310 Western Cultural Heritage I (3 hours)
  • HU 1320 Western Cultural Heritage II (3 hours)
  • HU 2310 Western Cultural Heritage III (3 hours)
  • HY 2320 American Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Total Hours 12

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy

Mathematics Requirements
  • MH 1338 Finite Math (or higher) (3 hours)
Physical Science Requirement
  • One course from any of the Physical Sciences (3 hours)
Natural Science Requirement
  • One course from the Biological Sciences (3 hours)

Total Hours 9

Information and Communication Literacy Hours

Composition and Literature
  • EH 1301 English Composition I (3 hours)
  • EH 1302 English Composition II (3 hours)
  • EH 2301 or Survey of English Literature I or
  • EH 2303 or Survey of English Literature I or (3 hours)
  • EH 2304 Survey of American Literature II
  • EH 1303 Speech Communication (3 hours)
Technology (One course from the following list)
  • CA 1302 Computer Application (3 hours)
  • CS/CSIS 1305 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • CSIS 1301 Introduction to Computer and Information Science
  • ED 2325 Technology in the Classroom (3 hours) (required for seeking ED degrees)

Total Hours 15

Personal and Social Literacy Hours

  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness (3 hours)
Social Science (one course from the following list) (3 hours)
  • BA 2303 Macroeconomics
  • CJ 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • COU 2320 Introduction to Counseling
  • CSIS 2315 Computers, Ethics, and Society
  • INF 2315 Information, Ethics, and Society
  • PS 2308 Introduction to American Constitutional Government
  • PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology
  • SY 2328 Introduction to Sociology

Total Hours 6


The elective criteria differs for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts programs.

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts Electives

This number decreases by one hour for each BI course taken as a 3-hour course. Six of these 12 hours must be from the areas of humanities (e.g., biblical studies, fine arts, foreign language, literature)

Associate of Science in Liberal Arts Electives

This number decreases by one hour for each BI course taken as a 3 hour course. Six of these 12 hours must be from the areas of mathematics, or physical or natural science.

Total Hours 12

Total hours to complete degree: 62 semester hours

*Students who take 2 hour BI classes will have to increase the number of elective hours to obtain the 62 hours needed for the degree.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students wishing to enroll in an associate degree program must be a qualified high school graduate who has completed a high school curriculum and received a regular high school diploma, or has a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. Applicants out of high school for more than five years are not required to provide ACT or SAT scores. If out of high school for less than five years, a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 1290 is required for admission. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements can apply for conditional admission. You must forward official transcripts from all schools previously attended.

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