Associate of Arts Degree Online

Associate of Arts Degree Online

Increase your salary and enjoy more job security when you earn your Associate of Arts online degree.

  • Each course is six weeks and can be completed 100% online
  • Textbooks (some E-textbooks) are included in the tuition and fee costs
  • A Student Success Advisor guides you every step of the way

No matter your long-term professional goals, earning an Associate of Arts degree online is a great way to boost your salary and job security, and show employers you can set and complete career-specific goals. Earning an Associate of Arts degree also provides you a solid foundation for further education in the social sciences, history, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and more! 

Choose One of the Following Online Associate of Arts Elective Tracks:

- Psychology                           - Healthcare Management
Business Management     - Business

You can also earn your Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Find out more about these elective tracks below.

Program Details

Associate of Arts Degree Program Goals

  • Gain a strong foundation in computing and writing.
  • Enhance communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Broaden your understanding of the world.
  • Understand the qualities and attributes of professionalism.
  • Commit to CCC’s Fit Four principles.

Associate of Arts Degree Online Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Form
  • High School Diploma or GED
Program Curriculum

Associate of Arts Degree Online General Education Core

General Education Core (45 Credits)
Elective Track (15 Credits)

►Professionalism and Human Performance (3 credits)

This course provides students with an understanding of the professional (soft skills) required for academic and career success.  Emphasis is on critical thinking, communication (written and oral), research, teambuilding, and leadership skills development.  Other topics include time management, computer proficiency, and developing presentation skills.

►English Composition I (3 credits)

Instruction and practice in personal expository essays and paragraphs, with emphasis on correct writing.

►English Composition II (3 credits)

Instruction in writing with emphasis on research and analytical exposition.

►Wellness for Life (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to basic life wellness concepts and practices. Through the course the student will gain applicable tools for self-assessment related to physical well-being and be equipped with the tools necessary to create healthy life patterns.

►Introduction to Biblical Literature (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student an opportunity to gain an awareness of the contents of the Bible, the societies in which it was produced, and the contribution that it has made to history, culture, and the personal spiritual lives of individuals.

►Contemporary Culture and Worldview (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student identify the diversity of cultures and worldviews in today's society, develop an ability to assess the cultural systems and acquire an ability to respond to different cultures from a theistic perspective.

►One (1) Communications Course Choice (3 credits)

►One (1) Philosophy or Ethics Course Choice (3 credits)

►One (1) Math Course Choice (3 credits)

►One (1) Science Course Choice (3 credits)

►Three (3) Social Science/History Courses (9 credits)

►Two (2) Humanities/Fine Arts Courses (6 credits)


Program Elective Tracks

The following elective tracks represent suggested elective courses that align with the areas of study highlighted. You can work with your Enrollment Advisor to enhance or modify your courses based on your academic or vocational goals.


►Human Growth and Development (3 credits)

A study of the physical, mental, social, and personality growth and development for the full lifespan of the human being.

►Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Students will be exposed to the DSM-IV (diagnostic manual) and all psychological disorders from multiple perspectives. They will study many disorders, all disorders presently listed in the DSM-V, as well as case studies of disorders.

►Social Psychology (3 credits)

The study of how the individual is influenced in his or her behavior, attitudes, perceptions, emotions, and thoughts by other people.

►Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

This course provides a survey of biopsychology and the neurological basis for behavior, including a rudimentary overview concerning the physiology, anatomy and chemistry of the brain and central nervous system.

►Introduction to Life Coaching (3 credits)

In the helping profession, life coaching is becoming a recognized practice that spans the nuances of pastoral/lay counseling and professional clinical counseling. While many of the skills used in pastoral, life coaching, and clinical counseling are similar, there are differences that must be considered. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to master basic elements of life coaching and become familiar with a biblical framework for interpreting the role of coach.


►Effective Personal and Organizational Communication (3 credits)

This course investigates communication and relationships in creating a productive work environment. Effectiveness in personal and social relationships is also covered through readings and exercises involving non-verbal communication, constructive feedback, dealing with anger, and resolving conflict.

►Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)

This course exposes students to the nature of conflict within organizations and the various forms of employable conflict resolution techniques. Emphasis is given to overcoming positional or contentious strategies while building collaboration and offering choices. Focus is placed on understanding the interdependence of groups within the system and the cohesion necessary for organizational effectiveness.

►Principles of Management (3 credits)

Types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation are explored. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling and decision-making.

►Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 credits)

This course examines the psychological and sociological variables associated with the behavior of individuals in a group or organizational setting. Students will be challenged to recognize personal styles of interaction and the effects of those styles in organizational settings.

►Studies in Christian Management (3 credits)

Capstone for the management/organizational leadership major. The student will have the opportunity to read a variety of contemporary authors writing on effective management and leadership, participate as part of a study team, and prepare and present his/her own philosophy of management and leadership.

Healthcare Management

►Principles of Healthcare Management (3 credits)

This course explores the types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation. It is based on the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling and decision-making. Specific application to healthcare settings will be explored.

►Leadership and Change in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the development of students’ abilities to exercise leadership at the management level in healthcare organizations. The focus is to help leaders understand how best to motivate and coordinate employees and champion change within an organization. Students will explore leadership theory and practice as it applies to the healthcare sector.

►U.S. Healthcare Systems (3 credits)

Topics covered include the history of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, its current status and the role of healthcare providers, such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and related healthcare facilities. Additional topics include professional roles in healthcare, healthcare planning, regulation, quality, politics and major healthcare reform issues challenging the industry today. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexities of cost, quality and access in healthcare.

►Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)

This course raises student awareness about current ethical issues in healthcare. Students will be able to enhance their own moral and ethical reasoning by analyzing and responding to case studies in healthcare management, drawn from actual ethical concerns faced by healthcare clinicians, administrators and managers. Students will engage in decision-making activities in order to apply related principles of ethics to current events in healthcare.

►Principles of Management (3 credits)

Types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation are explored. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling and decision-making.


►Financial Accounting (3 credits)

Nature and purpose of accounting, basic accounting concepts and procedures, methods of processing, summarizing and classifying financial data. The accounting cycle, merchandising, measuring and reporting current assets and liabilities, and accounting for partnerships and corporations are topics covered.

►Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

Intermediate level course with emphasis on how accounting information can be interpreted and used as a tool of management in planning and controlling business activities of the firm. Major topics include manufacturing accounting, product costing, budget and control procedures, and capital budgeting.

►Professional Ethics (3 credits)

This is a study of the theory and practice of professional ethics. Cases and essays by noted thinkers are studied and discussed in depth from a Christian perspective. Course will be tailored to individual student interests such as business and religion.

►Individual Income Tax (3 credits)

The study of individual income tax theory, planning and application.

►Cost Accounting (3 credits)

The study of standard costing, cash budgeting, process costing, and job order costing and their application to the management decision process.


►Computer Application in Business (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an interactive environment for learning the fundamental functions of the most popular commercial applications software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentations. This course meets the need of future business people, managers, and a generally well-informed using public.

►Microeconomics (3 credits)

An introduction to microeconomic theory including an analysis of price theory, the marginal concept, market structure and performance.

►Macroeconomics (3 credits)

An introduction to macroeconomic theory including a study of national income, spending, the creation of money, monetary and fiscal policy, and the problems of controlling inflation and unemployment.

►Business Law (3 credits)

Business Law studies the history, background, sources and influences of modern-day law as it pertains to the business activities of individuals, corporations and other legal entities. As a part of this module particular emphasis will be placed upon the laws governing contracts, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency, partnerships and corporations. Today’s managers need to understand the basic legal concepts to avoid costly courtroom problems and other legal issues.

►Professional Ethics (3 credits)

This is a study of the theory and practice of professional ethics. Cases and essays by noted thinkers are studied and discussed in depth from a Christian perspective. Course will be tailored to individual student interests such as business and religion.

Associate of Arts Career Opportunities

People with Associate of Arts degrees work in every industry – from healthcare to technology, business, finance, protective services and transportation. Professionals with an associate degree earn an estimated $325,000 more in a lifetime than those with just a high school diploma. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, AA degree job opportunities are expected to grow by 17.6% through 2022 – making it the second fastest growing educational group.