Associate Degrees

Liberal Studies

Associate of Arts

Students establish a strong base of highly south after skills in communication, reasoning, respect for diversity, and professionalism. By improving their self-awareness, intellectual insight, and ability to consider issues from multiple points of view, students are well-prepared for career opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Acquire, analyze, organize, and evaluate information through technological and traditional means.
  • Use digital technology, productivity software, discipline-specific applications and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks.
  • Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential methods of constructing solutions; construct solutions and evaluate their veracity; and revise priorities as a means for purposeful action.
  • Apply appropriate mathematical and/or scientific concepts and theories to interpret data and solve problems based on verifiable evidence.
  • Describe and explain behaviors and beliefs of various societal groups.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political, economic, and social heritage which leads to good citizenship.

Social Sciences

Associate of Arts

Students learn theories about individuals and groups, the relationships between them, and how human societies function. Upon completion of this degree, students will have developed a multifaceted worldview that gives them a competitive advantage to pursue varied career opportunities or continue their education in social sciences.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Acquire, organize, analyze, and evaluate qualitative, quantitative, and/or primary source data related to issues within the social sciences through technological and traditional means.
  • Use digital technology, productivity software, discipline-specific applications, and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks.
  • Identify problems within the social sciences, explore and prioritize potential solutions and evaluate their veracity, and revise priorities as a means for purposeful action.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social heritage, societal norms, and common rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship.
  • Develop foundational knowledge of a variety of theories, perspectives, and findings of the social sciences.
  • Use methods and theories of the social sciences to analyze social issues in historical context as applied to the individual, societal groups, and/or globally.

Business Administration

Associate of Science

Students will acquire foundational knowledge of business models, ethical reasoning, and effective performance in a team environment through the application of organizational theories and concepts.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Use digital technology, business application software, and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks.
  • Identify problems, explore and prioritize potential methods of constructing solutions, construct solutions and evaluate their veracity, and revise priorities as a means for purposeful action.
  • Develop foundational knowledge of a variety of business models and apply business models appropriately in decision-making situations.
  • Perform effectively in a team environment by applying organizational theory and concepts to produce collaborative projects.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to business situations through the demonstration of knowledge pertaining to how business behavior and policies impact society or the individual.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness with resect to management style, time management, and sensitivity to workplace diversity.

Criminal Justice

Associate of Science

Students will gain the knowledge and skills essential to identifying and addressing challenges associated with the criminal justice and corrections system to prepare them for work in correctional environments and other private/public law enforcement arenas.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Acquire, organize, analyze, and evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data related to the criminal justice system, the corrections industry, and/or the private sector security industry through technological and traditional means.
  • Use digital technology, productivity software, discipline-specific applications, and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks.
  • Identify internal and external challenges associated with the criminal justice system, the corrections system, and/or the private sector security industry; explore and prioritize potential solutions and evaluate their veracity; and revise priorities as a means for purposeful action.
  • Evaluate issues of justice, professionalism and ethics within law enforcement, the courts, the corrections industry, and/or the private sector security industry.
  • Discuss and compare recognized biological, psychological, and sociological theories about the causes of criminal behavior and the types of criminal behavior and methods for predicting future crime.
  • Analyze the management and organizational components in the modern police organization and the various methods and theories of policing, including reactive, proactive, and community policing.

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science

Students learn curriculum planning, approaches to learning assessment, and skill-building for communications between teachers, early learners, and families of young children. This program provides students with the ability to guide the social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development of children from birth to eight in a variety of educational settings.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Exhibit professional knowledge of the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive development of typical and atypical early learners.
  • Identify and apply major theories and concepts associated with early learning.
  • Develop performance skills in concepts and methods associated with curriculum planning, instructional design, and lesson delivery that foster enthusiasm for learning.
  • Promote positive relationships between children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community.
  • Demonstrate ability to construct and implement a variety of formal and informal approaches of assessing learning and development in early learners.
  • Build skills for eliciting effective reciprocal communications between teachers, early learners, and the families and communities of young children with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children are developing.

Associate degree programs and classes are provided through a partnership with Gannon University. This partnership will continue until Fall 2019.

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