The Associate of Arts degree is designed for transfer towards a variety of bachelor's degrees. This degree fulfills most general education requirements and first two academic years for many (but not all) baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions. Students considering this degree are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to determine the most appropriate or required course selections for their transfer goals.

Graduates earning this degree meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in 110 ILCS 205/9.21 (formerly Ill. Rev. Stat. 1991 Ch. 144 sec. 189.21) or PA-87-581.

Students with previous academic, career, and life experiences are encouraged to have a transcript analysis completed and to investigate CLEP and ECC proficiency credit to fulfill prerequisite, course, and/or degree requirements. An academic advisor can help with this process.

Each of the courses listed below has an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) equivalent number. Refer to the Course Description section in this catalog for course titles, IAI numbers, and specifics.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education Requirement
Three courses including a two-course sequence in writing and one course in oral communication. A grade of C or better in ENG 101 and ENG 102 is required.
English Composition I
English Composition II
Fundamentals of Speech
Select one of the following:
General Education Statistics
General Education Mathematics
Statistics I
Finite Math for Business & Managmt
Calculus for Business/Social Science
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
Math for Elementary Teaching II (for elementary education majors only)
Physical and Life Sciences7
Two courses with one course selected from the life sciences and one course from the physical sciences, one of these must include a lab. (Note: L=Lab)
Physical Sciences:
Earth Science (L)
Applied Physical Science (L)
Preparatory Chemistry (L)
Elements of Chemistry: General (L)
General Chemistry I (L)
Intro to Physical Geography
Environmental Geology
Physical Geology (L)
General Physics (L)
Engineering Physics I (L)
Life Sciences:
Survey of Environmental Biology
Biology for Contemporary Society (L)
Principles of Biology (L)
Molecular & Cellular Biology (L)
Organismal Bio, Evolution, Ecology (L)
Environmental Biology (L)
Humanities and Fine Arts9
Three courses with at least one course from humanities and at least one course from fine arts. (Note: N=human diversity from a non-western perspective; D=human diversity within the United States)
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Spanish II
Foundations of Civilization
American Civilization
Introduction to Philosophy
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Asian Philosophies (N)
Philosophy of Religion
Comparative Religions (N)
Introduction to Religious Studies
Introduction to Mythology
Introduction to Literature:Fiction
Introduction to Literature:Drama
Introduction to Literature:Poetry
Introduction to Shakespeare
Multicultural American Literature (D)
Introduction to Literature by Women (D)
LGBTQ Literature
International Literature (N)
Children's Literature
Masterpieces of World Lit
Bible as Literature
Great Books Seminar I
Great Books Seminar II
Great Books Seminar III
Great Books Seminar IV
Great Books Seminar V
Fine Arts:
Art Appreciation
Art of Film
History of Art I
History of Art II
Survey of Non-Western Art (N)
History of Photography
Cinema History: Origins to WWII
Cinema History:post WWII to Digital
Musics of the World (N)
Music Appreciation
Music Literature From 1400 to 1750
Music Liter. From 1750 to Present
Introduction to Film Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Intro-Theater History & Literature
American Drama
Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts (May count as either Humanities or Fine Arts):
Introduction to Western Humanities I
Introduction to Western Humanities II
Intro to Non-Western Humanities (N)
Novel and Film
Social & Behavioral Sciences9
Three courses with at least one course from social sciences and at least one course from behavioral sciences. (Note: N=human diversity from a non-western perspective; D=human diversity within the United States)
Social Sciences:
Fundamentals of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography (N)
Geography of the Developing World (N)
History of Western Civilization I
History of Western Civilization II
History of World Civilizations I (N)
History of World Civilizations II (N)
History & Politics of Gender (D)
History of the Non-Western World I (N)
History of the Non-Western World II (N)
History of Latin America I (N)
History of Latin America II (N)
History of Asia & Pacific I (N)
History of Asia & Pacific II (N)
U S History to 1870
U S History Since 1865
African American History I (N)
Amer Government - National
Amer Govt State Local
Principles of Political Science
Comparative Political Systems
International Relations (N)
Non-Western Comparative Government (N)
Behavioral Sciences:
Introduction to Anthropology (N)
General Prehistoric Archeology
Cultural Anthropology (N)
Human Evolution
Intro to Psychology
Child Psychology
Adulthood and Aging
Social Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Sociology
Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations (D)
Marriage and Family
Social Psychology
Gender Roles and Social Change (D)
Major Field and Elective Courses23
Students should choose an intended major at a transfer institution as soon as possible and select courses which are required for their major. After fulfilling required courses for their major, students may complete this area with electives. In general, any course numbered 100 or above with a 1.1 code in the course description may be used. If the student wishes to enroll in a course which does not have a 1.1 code he/she should see an advisor prior to enrolling to discuss the transferability of the course.
Total Credit Hours60

College Requirements

  1. A total of 60 hours or more must be completed as specified. This total cannot include any credits earned in courses numbered below 100 nor any courses with ABE, ASE, AMT, ARW, or ESL prefixes. The 60 hours total may include up to four hours of credit in physical education courses prefixed by PHC.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all courses numbered 100 and above.
  3. Meet the college’s Academic Residency Requirement for University Transfer degrees: A minimum of 15 semester hours in courses numbered 100 and above and must have been achieved at ECC, excluding AP, CLEP, and proficiency credits.
  4. Students may apply up to six hours of Independent Study credit toward any associate degree.
  5. Students can earn only one transfer associate degree. Should a student seek to earn more than one transfer degree, a Petition to Earn Multiple Transfer Degrees form must be submitted to the associate dean of advising, transfer, and career development services.