Associate of Science in Liberal Arts (ASLA)

The AS in Liberal Arts is an associate degree that is intended to prepare students to transfer into an upper division Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in such areas as history, Modern Languages, writing, literature, philosophy, at one of Oregon’s public universities. In selecting courses for this degree, students are highly encouraged to consult the specific faculty adviser and the institution to which they intend to transfer to determine if it is an appropriate choice. 

Degree Requirements

Liberal Arts Core52-56
Writing8
Oral Communication 3-4
Mathematics4-5
Health and Physical Education 3
Science / Mathematics / Computer Science 6-8
Electives, if needed14-24
Total Credits90-108

Liberal Arts Core

First Year Modern Language 101 14-5
First Year Modern Language 1024-5
First Year Modern Language 1034-5
Second Year Modern Language 201 14-5
Second Year Modern Language 2024-5
Second Year Modern Language 2034-5
One (1) Arts & Letters course, other than Modern Language3-4
Three (3) Social Science courses from at least 2 disciplines9-12
Courses in major / university requirements16-26

Written Communication

Two courses:

WR121English Composition (Course offered online)4
WR122English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)4
or WR227 Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)

Oral Communication

One course:

COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online) (recommended)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online) (recommended)4
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
COMM219Small Group Communication3

Mathematics

One course:

MTH105Mathematics in Society5
MTH111Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions (Course offered online)5
MTH112Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry / Geometry5
MTH211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH243Statistics I (Course offered online)4
MTH244Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I: Differential Calculus5
MTH252Calculus II: Integral Calculus5
MTH253Calculus III4
MTH254Calculus IV: Vector Calculus5
MTH256Differential Equations5
MTH261Linear Algebra4

Health/Physical Education

3 credits: 

HE151Drug Education: Stimulants and Performance Enhancing Drugs3
HE152Drug Education: Opioids, Cannabis, Depressants and Hallucinogens3
HE202Adult Development and Aging1
HE204Nutrition for Health3
HE205Diet Appraisal (Course offered online)1
HE207Stress Control Through Activity Intervention1
HE208HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections1
HE250Personal Health (Course offered online)3
HE251Wilderness First Aid2
HE252First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
HE255Alcohol and the Family3
HE261CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
HE265Women's Health Issues (Course offered online)2
PE185 - activity course1
HPE170Structure and Function of the Human Body3
HPE172Exercise Science3
HPE174Fitness Assessment and Programming3
HPE270Introduction to Sport Psychology3
HPE285OLWilderness Survival3
HPE291Lifeguard Training2
HPE295Health and Fitness for Life (Course offered online) (requirement at OSU and WOU)3

3 credit hours of may be granted toward an Associate degree at MHCC for completion of military basic training. A copy of the DD214 form or a Joint Services Transcript is required.

Social Science

Three  courses from at least 2 disciplines:

Anthropology
ANTH101Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Course offered online)4
ANTH102Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH180Language and Culture (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Economics
EC115Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)3
EC201Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics (Course offered online)4
EC202Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics (Course offered online)4
Geography
GEOG105Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG106Introduction to World Regional Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG107Introduction to Cultural Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG202The Geography of Europe (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG206Geography of Oregon (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG209Geography of the Middle East and North Africa (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG214Geography of Mexico and Central America (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG290Environmental Problems and Restoration3
History
HST101Western Civilization: Ancient and Classical Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST102Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST103Western Civilization: Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST110Ancient World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST111Medieval World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST112Modern World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST195History of the Vietnam War (Cultural Literacy course)3
HST201U.S. History: Pre-Colonial-1840 (Course offered online)4
HST202U.S. History: 1840 - 1917 (Course offered online)4
HST203U.S. History: 1910 - Present (Course offered online)4
HST204Women in U.S. History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST225Women in World History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST237America in the 1960s3
International Studies
INTL101Introduction to International Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Journalism
J211Introduction to Mass Communications3
Political Science
PS200Introduction to Political Science (Course offered online)4
PS201American Government (Course offered online)4
PS203State and Local Governments4
PS204Introduction to Comparative Politics4
PS205International Relations (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PS209Problems in American Politics4
PS215Global Issues4
PS217Introduction to Public Land Management: The Politics of Recreation3
PS225Political Ideology: Ideas About Government4
PS241Introduction to Political Terrorism (Course offered online)4
Psychology
PSY101Psychology of Human Relations (Course offered online)3
PSY151Introduction to the Social Sciences3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY202General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY214Introduction to Personality (Cultural Literacy course)4
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY232Sexuality and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
PSY237Human Development (Course offered online)4
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Course offered online)4
Sociology
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
SOC205General Sociology: Social Institutions (Course offered online)3
SOC206General Sociology: Social Problems (Course offered online)3
SOC213Race Relations in the United States (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC215Gender and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC216Sociology of the Family (Course offered online)3
SOC223Sociology of Aging (Course offered online)3
Women's Studies
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3

Arts and Letters

1 course: 

Art / Art History
ART115Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional4
ART116Basic Design II: Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III: Three- Dimensional4
ART204History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine (Course offered online)4
ART205History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance (Course offered online)4
ART206History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern (Course offered online)4
ART211Survey of Visual Arts (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ART215PSurvey in Visual Arts: Photography3
ART225Adobe Illustrator: Digital Art4
ART226Adobe Photoshop: Digital Art4
ART231Drawing I4
ART232Drawing II4
ART233Drawing III4
ART234Life Drawing I4
ART235Life Drawing II (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART236Life Drawing III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART240Drawing: Cartooning I4
ART241Drawing: Cartooning II4
ART254Ceramics I4
ART255Ceramics II4
ART256Ceramics III4
ART257Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing I4
ART258Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing II4
ART259Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing III4
ART260Digital Photography and Imaging4
ART261Photography I3
ART262Photography II3
ART271Printmaking I: Silkscreen and Woodcut4
ART272Printmaking II: Silkscreen, Woodcut, and Intaglio4
ART273Printmaking III4
ART281Painting I4
ART282Painting II (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART283Painting III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
ART291Sculpture I4
ART292Sculpture II4
ART293Sculpture III4
ART294Watercolor I4
ART296Watercolor II4
ART297Watercolor III (if taken in 2019 or later)4
Communication / Speech
Must be different than course used for Oral Communication requirement
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online)4
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online)4
COMM219Small Group Communication3
Creative Writing
WR240Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
WR241Creative Writing: Fiction I4
WR242Creative Writing: Poetry I (Course offered online)4
WR244Creative Writing: Poetry II4
WR245Creative Writing: Fiction II4
English / Literature
ENG104Introduction to Literature: Fiction (Course offered online)4
ENG105Introduction to Literature: Drama (Course offered online)4
ENG106Introduction to Literature: Poetry4
ENG201Shakespeare4
ENG204British Literature I: Old English to Renaissance (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG205British Literature II: Age of Enlightenment to Present (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG218Arthurian Legends4
ENG222Women's Literature (Cultural Literacy course)3
ENG250Introduction to Mythology4
ENG253Survey of American Literature I (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG254Survey of American Literature II (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG261Literature of Science Fiction (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG271World Literature: The Classical World (Seventh Century B.C. to 1200 A.D.) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG272World Literature: The Renaissance to the Age of Reason 1200 A.D.- 1800 A.D. (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG273World Literature: The Romanticism to Contemporary Writings 1800 - Present (Cultural Literacy course)4
Ethics in the Workplace
HUM202Ethics in the Workplace (Course offered online)3
Film Studies
FA257Films and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA258Understanding the Film (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA266The Great Film Directors (Cultural Literacy course)4
Music
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS105Music Appreciation/Music for the Listener3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS211Music Theory IV (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS212Music Theory V (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS213Music Theory VI (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
Philosophy
PHL191Language and the Layout of Argument4
PHL201Introduction to Philosophy (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PHL202Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
Reading
RD117Critical Reading (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
Religion
R210World Religions (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R211History of the Old Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R212History of the New Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
Theatre Arts
TA101Appreciating Theatre3
TA106Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA107Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA141Acting Fundamentals I3
TA142Acting Fundamentals II3
TA143Acting Fundamentals III3

Science

Minimum of 6 credits - Lab Sciences recommended:

Lab Sciences

Recommended for Non-Science/Engineering Majors
Anatomy
BI121Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI122Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III (Course offered online)4
Astronomy
PH104Descriptive Astronomy4
Biology
BI101AGeneral Biology: Survey of Cellular Biology (Course offered online)4
BI101CGeneral Biology: Fermentation Science4
BI102AGeneral Biology: Survey of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Course offered online)4
BI103AGeneral Biology: Survey of Ecology and Evolution4
BI103BGeneral Biology: Animal Behavior (Course offered online)4
BI103DGeneral Biology: Northwest Forest Ecology4
Chemistry
CH104General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I5
CH105General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II5
CH106General, Organic and Biological Chemistry III5
General Science
GS104Physical Science - Physics4
GS105Physical Science: Chemistry of the Environment4
GS105APhysical Science: Chemistry for the Consumer4
GS105BChemistry of Food and Cooking4
GS106Physical Science: Geology4
Geology
G165Regional Field Geology3
Recommended for Science, Engineering or Other STEM-Focused Majors
Biology
BI112Biology for Health Professions (if taken in 2019 or later)5
BI211Principles of Biology I5
BI212Principles of Biology II5
BI213Principles of Biology III5
BI234Microbiology4
Chemistry
CH151Basic Chemistry4
CH170Environmental Chemistry4
CH221General Chemistry I5
CH222General Chemistry II5
CH223General Chemistry III5
CH241Organic Chemistry I5
CH242Organic Chemistry II5
CH243Organic Chemistry III5
Natural Resources Ecology
F240Natural Resources Ecology4
Fish & Wildlife
FW252Mammals: Biology and Techniques4
FW253Field Ornithology4
FW254Aquatic Wildlife: Biology and Techniques4
Geology
G201Principles of Physical Geology4
G202Principles of Physical Geology4
G203Principles of Historical Geology4
Physics
PH201General Physics I5
PH202General Physics II5
PH203General Physics III5
PH211General Physics with Calculus I5
PH212General Physics with Calculus II5
PH213General Physics with Calculus III5

Non-Lab Science/Math/Computer Sciences 

Recommended for Non-Science/Engineering Majors
Astronomy
PH109CObservational Astronomy3
PH121General Astronomy3
PH122General Astronomy3
PH123General Astronomy3
Geology
G148CVolcanoes and Their Activity3
Nutrition
FN225Nutrition (Course offered online)4
Recommended for Science, Engineering or Other STEM-Focused Majors
Computer Science
CS160Computer Science Orientation (Course offered online)4
CS161Computer Science I4
CS162Computer Science II4
CS260Data Structures4
Engineering
ENGR201Electrical Fundamentals I5
ENGR211Statics4
ENGR212Dynamics4
ENGR213Strength of Materials4
GE101Engineering Orientation4
GE102Engineering Computations3
GE115Engineering Graphics3
Fish & Wildlife
FW251Principles of Wildlife Conservation3
Mathematics
MTH105Mathematics in Society5
MTH111Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions (Course offered online)5
MTH112Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry / Geometry5
MTH211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH243Statistics I (Course offered online)4
MTH244Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I: Differential Calculus5
MTH252Calculus II: Integral Calculus5
MTH253Calculus III4
MTH254Calculus IV: Vector Calculus5
MTH256Differential Equations5
MTH261Linear Algebra4

University Bachelor of Arts requirements

Work with a university adviser to ensure you are taking the right courses at MHCC.

PSU

Fine & Performing Arts requirement: take one course beginning with prefix ART (except Art History), MUS, or TA.

EOU

Science requirement: 2 courses from 2 disciplines, including at least 1 lab science.

Aesthetics & Humanities requirement: take 2 courses with 2 different prefixes from:

  • ART204 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine (Course offered online)
  • ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance (Course offered online)
  • ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern (Course offered online)
  • ENG201 Shakespeare
  • MUS111 Music Theory I
  • MUS112 Music Theory II
  • MUS113 Music Theory III
  • PHL201 Introduction to Philosophy (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)
  • PHL202 Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)
  • Spanish - first and second year

Artistic Process & Creation requirement: take 2 courses with 2 different prefixes from:

  • ART115 Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional
  • ART116 Basic Design II: Color Theory
  • ART117 Basic Design III: Three- Dimensional
  • ART231 Drawing I
  • ART232 Drawing II
  • ART254 Ceramics I
  • ART260 Digital Photography and Imaging
  • ART261 Photography I
  • ART271 Printmaking I: Silkscreen and Woodcut
  • Music Lessons (MUP171-191)
  • MUS117 Electronic Music Production I
  • Theatre Arts (TA)
  • WR241 Creative Writing: Fiction I
  • WR242 Creative Writing: Poetry I (Course offered online)

OSU See OSU’s MHCC equivalencies list for assistance choosing MHCC courses from each OSU category:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Western Culture
  • Social Processes and Institutions
  • Difference, Power and Discrimination
  • Biological Science
  • Physical Science

SOU

Science requirement: Lab science courses required.

UO

Complete one (1) additional course each from Arts & Letters, Social Science, and Lab Science.

WOU

Communication requirement: COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

Arts & Letters requirement: 9 credits of Creative Arts; 8 credits of Literature; and 3 credits of Philosophy or Religion.

Social Science requirement: must include one 8-9 credit sequence.

Electives

Up to 6 credits of PE185, 15 credits of IECC (200-level), and 12 credits of Lower Division Collegiate Cooperative Education Internship may be applied as elective credits to the ASLA. See the Course Information section for elective credit/course eligibility. See the Course Information section for elective credit/course eligibility.

Transfer students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the second year of a language other than English (201/202/203 or equivalent) before graduating from a public Oregon university. Second-year language courses offered at MHCC include American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and Japanese.

To be awarded an ASLA degree, students must:

  • Complete all requirements to total 90 applicable degree credits.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in Math, Writing and Oral Communication General Education, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied to the degree, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the degree is awarded.
  • Satisfactorily earn 12 credit hours at MHCC. Non-traditional credit (College Level Examination Program, Experience-Based Credit, Challenge, etc.) does not satisfy this requirement.

Please note: Courses may not be repeated for credit unless specified in the course description.

To check your official progress toward graduation, log on to MyMHCC and click “View My Degree Audit.”

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course