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Institutional Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Institutional Baccalaureate Degree Requirements include: a Core Curriculum of 45 hours.



Communication Course


Critical Cultural Inquiry (CCI) 


Math/Logic course


Religion course


Historical Reasoning course




Natural Science




Social Sciences




45 hours

Students fulfilling the CCI requirement through the study abroad option may not have hours recorded in the CCI category.

Institutional Associate of Arts Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for those students who are entering careers which do not require four years of college. Ashland University offers an associate degree with concentrations in General Studies (see note below); Art (see Art); Business (see Business); and Criminal Justice (see Criminal Justice). The associate degree includes the following core requirements:



Communication Courses


Composition I


Composition II


Math/Logic course


Religion course


Aesthetics course


Humanities course


Natural Science course


Social Sciences course


Historical Reasoning course


Critical Cultural Inquiry (CCI)


Core Elective


36 hrs

Students fulfilling the CCI requirement through the study abroad option may not have hours recorded in the CCI category.

NOTE: For the Associate Degree with a concentration in General Studies, the student chooses the electives of interest to make up the 36 hours above. For specific programs, see the alphabetical listing for that subject.

List of approved Core Courses:

NOTE: Courses listed in two different Core categories satisfy either category, but not both. Courses marked with an asterisk () are currently offered online. Courses not marked with an () are currently not offered online, but courses may transfer in to satisfy this requirement.


*COM 101 Human Communication

*COM 120 Foundations of Health Communication

Composition I

*ENG 101 English Composition I

Composition II

*ENG 102 English Composition II


*MATH 108 Elementary Statistics

*MATH 110 Finite Mathematics

MATH 201 Calculus w. Appl. to Mgmt., Life, and Soc. Sci.

MATH 205 The Calculus I 

MATH 217 Theory of Arithmetic and Geometry 

MATH 223 Discrete Mathematics I

PHIL/IDS 220 Practical Thinking

PHIL/IDS 320 Symbolic Logic


*REL 106 Exploring the Bible

*REL 107 Exploring World Religions 

*REL 109 Exploring Christian Ethics 


ART 130 Elements of Design

ART 140 Fundamentals of Drawing 

*ART 150 Art and Ideas

ART 160 Fundamentals of Studio Art (not open to art majors)

ART 160A Ceramics 

ART 160B Painting 

ART 160C Printmaking 

ART 160D Sculpture 

ART 160E Digital Art

ART 161 Fundamentals of Studio Art II 

ART 161A Ceramics

ART 161B Painting 

ART 161C Printmaking 

ART 161D Sculpture 

ART 204 Photography

ART 205 Sequencing in Art

ART 352 Art of the Renaissance

ART 353 Baroque Art

ART 354 19th Century Art

ART 356 20th Century Art

MUSIC 010-015, 017, 020, 022, 030, 031, 050-052, 120s, 140s, 240s, 330s, 340s, 440s, 450s (Up to 3 hrs. combined for Core Aesthetics Requirement)

MUSIC 130 Basic Guitar Musicianship

MUSIC 150 Principles of Music Making

MUSIC 225 Musical Style 

MUSIC 226 Music in World Cultures

MUSIC 250 Topics in Music Appreciation

*MUSIC 251 Love Songs

MUSIC 252 Music/Drama Across Cultures

*MUSIC 253 Listening to Jazz 

MUSIC 381 Music History Seminar II

*TH 203 Theatre Aesthetics

TH 204 Script Analysis

TH 207 The Visual Art of Theatre

TH 214 Acting for Non-Majors

TH 303 American Musical Theatre


CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/PHIL 350 Science as a Cultural Force 

*ENG 203 American Literature

ENG 217 British Literature 

ENG 304 Short Story

ENG 308 The Poem

ENG 309 African American Literature 

*ENG 314 Literature and Gender

ENG 315 German Literature in Translation

ENG 316 Postcolonial Literature 

ENG 317 Studies in Shakespeare 

ENG 319 Dramatic Literature

ENG 324 The Novel 

*ENG 330 African Literature

ENG 338 Themes and Topics in Literature 

ENG 340 Studies in Jewish Literature 

ENG 365 Greek Literature

ENG 370 Russian Novel

ENG 371 Literature and Film

FL 3SG Quests & Questions in Arthurian Lit, Film, & Life 

FREN 353 French Literature: Marie De France to Voltaire

FREN 354 French Literature: Revolution to Present

*PHIL 104 The Concept of Truth

*PHIL/IDS 110 Philosophy of Human Nature

PHIL/IDS 215 Ethics

PHIL 117 Thought and Belief

PHIL/IDS 280A Sports and Ethics 

PHIL/IDS 280B Environmental Ethics 

PHIL/IDS 280D Medical Ethics

*PHIL/IDS 280H Workplace Ethics

PHIL 309 Social & Political Philosophy 

PHIL 317 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 318 Topics in Philosophy 

PHIL 330 Philosophical Readings 

PHIL 450 Great Philosophers 

*REL 220 Taking Human Life

REL 232 History of Modern Christianity

REL 240 Jewish Religious Traditions

REL 250 Understanding Islam

REL 308 Faith and Society

REL 320 Legacy of Paul and Peter in Italy 

REL 340 Religion & the Civil Rights Movement in America

REL 3SGK Paul in the Greco Roman World 

REL 3SGL Luther and the German Reformation 

SPAN 372 Survey of Spanish Literature

SPAN 373 Survey of Latin American Literature 

Natural Sciences

*BIO 100 Human Biology

*BIO 103 Concepts in Biology

BIO 107 Plants and Civilization

BIO 110 Ecology & the Human Environment 

BIO 111 Wetlands & Waterways

BIO 129 Drugs, Poisons, Pollutants 

BIO 1SGC Biology of the Microbes

BIO 201 Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life 

BIO 202 Organisms, Adaptation & Diversity 

BIO 2SGI Cells-The Basis of Life

CHEM 103 General Chemistry I

CHEM 104 General Chemistry II

CHEM 250 Lead & Civilization

CHEM 251 Molecular Architecture

CHEM 252 Chemistry of Crime Scene Investigation 

CHEM 253 Chemical Perspectives on Life

CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/PHIL 350 Science as a Cultural Force

GEOL 209 Natural Disasters: Volcanoes and Earthquakes 

*GEOL 210 Natural Disasters: Severe Weather

GEOL 211 Discovering the Ice Age

GEOL 212 Archaeology & Human Antiquity 

GEOL 213 Asteroids, Comets & Catastrophism

*PHYS 107 The Hidden Life of Stars

PHYS 320 Origins of the Universe 

Social Sciences

ECON 101 Market Fundamentals

*ECON 232 Principles of Microeconomics 

*ECON 233 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 301 Game Theory

ECON 331 Comparative Economics

*POLSC 101 Understanding Politics 

POLSC 102 Democracy in America

POLSC 345 Western Political Thought III 

POLSC 365 Contemporary Germany 

POLSC 431 Human Being and Citizen 

*PSYC 101 General Psychology I

PSYC 102 General Psychology II 

*PSYC 218 Psychology of Adolescence 

*SOC 111 Principles of Sociology

*SOC 301 Race Ethnic, and Minority Issues

*SOC 340 Marriage and Family Relationships 

Historical Reasoning

HIST 112 Western Civilization to 1500

HIST 113 Western Civilization from 1500

*HIST 212 American History through Civil War 

*HIST 213 American History after Civil War 

Critical Cultural Inquiry (CCI) Initiative

The overall goal of the CCI Initiative is to internationalize our curriculum so as to better prepare students to face conditions of globalization that will greet them upon graduation. The three general paths by which a student can meet this requirement are through language study, travel options, or specially designed coursework.

CCI Language and specialized courses

ENG 332 Global Film  

*FL 211 The Language and Culture of Quebec

  FL 213 Discovering the French-Speaking World

*FL 220 Contemporary Latin American Literature in Translation

FL 221 U.S. – Mexico Border Literature

*FL 315 French Women Writers

FREN 151 Elementary French I

FREN 152 Elementary French II

FREN 200 Intermediate Level Intensive French Study Abroad

FREN 251 Intermediate French I

FREN 252 Intermediate French II 

FREN 300 Advanced Level Intensive French Study Abroad

FREN 301 French Civ. From Lascaux to Versailles

FREN 302 French Civ. From Revolution to Present

FREN 303 French Written Expression

FREN 304 French Stylistics

FREN 305 French Phonetics

FREN 357 French Oral Expression

GER 161 Elementary German I

GER 162 Elementary German II

GER 261 Intermediate German I

GER 262 Intermediate German II

LTN 110 Elementary Latin I

LTN 210 Elementary Latin II

LTN 310 Intermediate Latin

PORT 141 Elementary Portuguese I 

PORT 142 Elementary Portuguese II 

PORT 241 Intermediate Portuguese I 

*SPAN 171 Elementary Spanish I 

*SPAN 172 Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 200 Intermediate Level Intensive Spanish with Study in Costa Rica

SPAN 271 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 272 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 300 Advanced Level Intensive Spanish Study

SPAN 307 Spanish Phonetics

SPAN 310 Spanish Grammar and Composition

SPAN 311 Civilization of Spain

SPAN 312 Civilization of Latin America

SPAN 377 Conversational Spanish I

SPAN 378 Conversational Spanish for the Professions

CCI Course with study-away and study abroad components which includes the required completion of FL 299:

AHA, Segovia, Spain 

All CCIS and USAC programs

COBE in Taiwan

COST (Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching)

EDEC 460 Sa: ECE

EDCI 467 Sa: MG

EDCI 461 Sa: AYA

Paris Fashion Institute

AU in Germany

AU in France

AU in Costa Rica

Semester at Sea

HIS/POLSC 341 (when approved tour is offered)

FM 211 (when approved tour is offered)

Honors 390 (when approved tour is offered)

HS 221 (when approved tour is offered)

HS 380 (when approved tour is offered)

REL 260 (with instructor-approved short-term mission)

REL 375 Understanding Israel (when approved tour is offered)

SMG 435 (when approved tour is offered)

BUS 210 (when approved tour is offered)

Fontys University in the Netherlands Exchange Program

Providence University in Taiwan Exchange Program