Arts & Science (AS) major (Associate's)

An Associate of Arts and Science degree (AAS) is the foundation for many college majors. At Alverno, our program is designed as the equivalent of the first half of a baccalaureate degree, helping you develop the professional and interpersonal skills you need to make it in just about any career you choose. It extends Alverno's bold, results-oriented approach to education by giving you more personalized guidance throughout your academic journey. 

Pathway to a bachelor's degree

You will benefit from small classes with support from professors, advisors and mentors as well as:

Cohorted classes: AAS students take their core classes with other AAS students. This increases support among students and allows faculty to stagger large assignments and assessments. 

Academic strategies lab: Each semester, students learn strategies on how to be more successful students through thoughtfully-designed weekly class sessions on topics such as time management, study strategies and stress reduction.

Dedicated mentors: Each student is assigned a mentor in Advising, Financial Aid and Student Accounts. These staff members help guide and assist each student throughout their academic journey.

Electives: Besides the program's core curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their career goals, such as business, communication and social sciences.

Two-year program: After completing 60 credit hours, students are granted an associate's degree and become eligible for admission into a bachelor's degree program.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Beginning Requirements
QL-110Applying Mathematical Thinking3
CM-115Communication Seminar 14
CM-115LCommunication Lab1
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss2
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum4
AC-151Initial Social Interaction Assessment0
QL-120Applying Algebraic Thinking3
QL-120LQuantitative Literacy Lab1
CM-125Communication Seminar 23
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa4
PSY-110Life Span Development4
or SSC-101 Introduction to Social Science
or SW-200 Social Work Programs & Policies
Intermediate Requirements
QL-156Mathematical Connections3
CM-225Communication Seminar 33
NSMT and LabGen Ed Science Course with Lab4
BSC-215Working in Diverse Groups2
PPS-220
PPS-229
Career Planning Seminar
and Career & Internship Planning
2
HFA 210 ElectiveAny HFA-210 Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) elective2
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec3
HFA 310 ElectiveAny HFA-310 Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) elective2
ElectiveElectives10

This Academic Map should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on the Academic Evaluation for an individual student. Course sequences are subject to change. All students must complete a minimum of 60 credits to earn a Associate Degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ILA-100 Introduction to the Liberal Arts @ Alverno 0
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss 2
QL-110 Applying Mathematical Thinking 3
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum 4
CM-115 Communication Seminar 1 4
CM-115L Communication Lab 1
 Credits14
Spring
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
QL-120 Applying Algebraic Thinking 3
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa 4
PSY-110
Life Span Development
or Introduction to Social Science
or Social Work Programs & Policies
4
QL-120L Quantitative Literacy Lab 1
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
HFA 210 ElectiveAny HFA-210 Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) elective 2
NSMT and LabGen Ed Science Course with Lab 4
QL-156L Mathematical Connections Lab 0
ElectiveElectives 2
 Credits16
Spring
HFA 310 ElectiveAny HFA-310 Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) elective 2
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec 3
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
PPS-220 Career Planning Seminar 1
PPS-220L Career Planning Seminar Lab 0
ElectiveElectives 8
 Credits15
 Total Credits60