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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree:

East Central College offers the Missouri Transfer Guaranteed Core 42 General Education block of coursework that satisfies the Missouri Department of Higher Education general education model. In meeting this standard, students graduating from ECC with an AA degree and transferring to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri will enter the transfer institution at the junior level and will have satisfied the lower division general education requirement.


Students are assigned an academic advisor and are encouraged to meet with their advisor often.  When a student has determined a major and career interest, academic advisors will guide them to one of ECC’s Pathways  based on their intention.  The Pathway shows the general education and other course recommendations that will best prepare students for future sucess.

If you are undecided about your major or field of interest, but you know you want to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, or if you are considering a career program, we can suggest possibilities for your first semester of college to help you decide.

The Associate of Arts pathways are some general suggestions of courses to complete general education and elective requirements:



Foundation Seminar = 1 Hour

Communication (Oral and Written) 9 Hours

Complete each one of the headings below:

Written Communication = 6 hours

Select 2 courses below:

Oral Communication = 3 hours

Select 1 course below:

Humanities and Fine Arts

Take 9 credit hours minimum from at least two disciplines.


Only 3 credit hours from this group may be used toward the Humanities and Fine Arts requirement.


Associate of Arts degree students must take 18 additional hours in program electives to complete the Associate degree.  Courses must be college level courses  East Central recommends students take program electives in students future area of study.  It is recommended that students contact the transfer school to review courses accepted as transfer equivalents meeting program requirements.


AA General Education-Common Learning Objectives (42 credit hours)
AA Electives (18 credit hours)
Total AA program (60 credit hours)