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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies-Common Learning Objectives (CLO)

The Program

Sometimes students enter East Central College without knowing what they would like to study or pursue as a career. For these individuals, ECC offers a general studies transfer degree program called AA.LIBERALSTUDIES.

Program of Study

This program of study is for a full-time student; part-time study is also available. Please contact an academic advisor for full course options. For the most current academic schedule (which is subject to change), visit the college Web site at www.eastcentral.edu.

The General Education Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree:

East Central College offers a 42 credit hour 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 completing their AA degree and transferring to public baccalaureate institutions are assured full acceptance of the general education coursework.


Students in the liberal studies associate of arts transfer program may select electives to complete the 64-credit hour requirement.  The choice of electives should be based on their areas of interest or the transfer institution’s specific requirements. As students consider their options, they should also keep in mind that the choice of electives is an important opportunity to transfer coursework that fulfills the baccalaureate school’s requirements for the first two years of study.


The General Education Common Learning Objectives (CLO) - 42 hours

  1. Foundation Seminar (FS-CLO) - 1 hours
  2. Communication Common Learning Objective (C-CLO) - 12 hours
  3. Creative/Critical Thinking Common Learning Objective (CCT-CLO) - 17 hours
  4. Ethics & Social Responsibility (ESR-CLO) - 12 hours

Program Electives - 22 hours

Total Associate of Arts Degree-Liberal Studies -  (64 hours)


Effective Fall 2015- The following programs have transitioned to the General Education Common Learning Objectives:

  • Liberal Studies (AA.LIBERALSTUDIES)-Students must complete the General Education (CLO) 42 hour block plus 21 additional hours of college level coursework.

1. Foundation Seminar (FS-CLO) = 1 hour

2. Communication (C-CLO) = 12 hours

Complete each one of the headings below:

3. Creative/Critical Thinking (CCT-CLO) = 17 hours

Complete each one of the headings below:

Constitution and History or Government = 3 hours

Select 1 Constitution Study module and 1 History or Goverment Elective:

Life Science = 3 - 5 hours

Select 1 course below:

NOTE: A minimum of one life science or physical science must include a lab

Creative/Critical Thinking Elective (CCT-CLO) = 3 hours

Select 1 course below:

4. Ethics & Social Responsibility (ESR-CLO) = 12 hours

Choose a total of 4 courses, at least 1 from each category

NOTE: Courses must be taken from at least two subjects.

Ethics & Social Responsibility (ESR-CLO) = 6 hours

Select 2 additional courses from Global & Cross Cultural subcategory and Ethics & Social Responsibility subcategory:



Associate of Arts degree students must take 22 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 (22 credit hours)
Total AA program (64 credit hours)