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Associate Degrees

Liberal Studies Associate Degree

Associate of Arts

Students establish a strong base of highly sought 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

Upon successful completion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate qualitative and quantitative information, including primary sources, within the humanities, arts, and sciences;
  • Develop critical thinking skills to articulate an informed position; and
  • Acquire competency in a broad range of academic courses.

Social Sciences Associate Degree

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:

  • Develop foundational knowledge of a variety of theories, perspectives, and findings of the social sciences;
  • Analyze and evaluate qualitative and quantitative information, including primary sources, within the social sciences;
  • Use methods and theories of the social sciences to analyze current and historical issues; and
  • Explore and analyze proposed solutions related to societal challenges and evaluate their ethics and potential impact.

Business Administration Associate Degree

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

Upon successful completion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Use digital technology, business application software, and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks;
  • Develop foundational knowledge of a variety of business models and apply business model appropriately in decision-making situations;
  • Perform effectively in a team environment by applying business theories, concepts, and practices with sensitivity to diversity; and
  • Apply ethical reasoning to business situations through the demonstration of knowledge pertaining to how business behavior and policies impact society or the individual.

Criminal Justice Associate Degree

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

Upon successful completion of this program, students will successfully be able to:

  • Acquire, organize, analyze, and evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative information related to the criminal justice system, the corrections industry, modern policing organizations, and/or the private sector security industry through technological and traditional means.
  • Identify internal and external challenges associated with the criminal justice system, the corrections system, modern policing organizations, 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, modern policing organizations, and/or the private sector security industry.
  • Discuss and compare a range of academically accepted theories about the causes of criminal behavior, the types of criminal behavior, and methods for predicting future crime.

Applied Technology Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science

This degree has a specialization in Industrial Maintenance and provides students with highly sought-after knowledge, skills, and abilities for entrance or advancement in an advanced manufacturing environment. It is mechatronics-based, has hands-on laboratory experiences, and gives students a competitive edge when pursuing careers in fields like industrial maintenance, automation, molding injection applications, and other regional manufacturing environments.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Use testing and measuring instruments to acquire data and analyze technical problems;
  • Design an industrial system or process and assess its effectiveness;
  • Implement systems containing hardware and software components; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to apply, safety and quality assurance standards, processes, and practices employed within industrial settings.

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

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

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Analyze physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development of typical and atypical children;
  • Identify and apply major theories and concepts associated with developmentally appropriate practices in teaching, learning, and quality care at the early childhood level;
  • Develop performance skills in concepts and methods associated with curriculum planning, instructional design, lesson delivery, assessment, and classroom environment; and
  • Promote positive relationships and effective communication strategies between children, families, and early learning professionals while acknowledging 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.