Associate of Arts — A first step towards a bachelor’s degree

Kirkwood is a great place to start your education. We work tirelessly to ensure your course work transfers to Iowa’s universities, as well as many other colleges and universities. This allows you to get an affordable start on a four-year degree, all in the comfort of a small, friendly campus.

The Arts and Sciences curriculum is designed to broaden and challenge students’ knowledge in a variety of disciplines and to prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year institution.

Students in the Arts and Sciences earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. These degrees may be the equivalent of the first two years of study required by four-year colleges and universities, and the degrees include core course work students need to complete before concentrating on their major field of study. The associate degree program also offers a variety of elective courses that enrich and compliment the required curriculum.

Students can complete their foundation course work in the Arts and Sciences at Kirkwood, then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Students planning to enroll in an Arts and Sciences writing course (Elements of Writing, Composition I or College Writing) are required to provide one of the following:

  • ACT scores not older than three years
  • COMPASS scores (reading and writing components) not older than three years
  • College transcripts showing successful completion of the appropriate prerequisites

Students planning to enroll in an Arts and Sciences mathematics course are required to provide one of the following:

  • ACT scores not older than two years
  • COMPASS mathematics scores not older than twp years
  • College transcripts showing successful completion of the appropriate prerequisites

Click here to see the Associate of Arts degree requirements