Online AA Degree

Black Hawk College now offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree that is 100% online!

  • No on-campus requirements.
  • Dedicated online advisor.
  • Eight-week classes.
  • Special orientation services.
  • Student services/resources all online.

8-Week Courses and 5 Start Dates:

  • Students will be enrolled in two eight-week courses at a time from August to October and then two more eight-week courses from October to December.
  • Course start dates occur in August, October, January, March and June.

Concentrations Available: 

The transfer program emphasis choices are psychology, business and accounting. However, students who are interested in a different transfer major will be supported through course selection of other available online courses that will fit their educational goals.

Easy to Transfer:

The Associate in Arts degree (AA) is great for students who want to fulfill the general education courses to transfer to a specific four-year college or university, or for students who may still be deciding which major to pursue.

The first two years of a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university are devoted primarily to a general education core curriculum. Transfer students can complete these types of courses at Black Hawk College and then arrive at the transfer school well prepared for their major.

Online AA application:

Students interested in enrolling in the Online AA program will follow the same application process as traditional students, with one small difference.

On your BHC application you will be asked: "Do you want to complete your Associate in Arts degree completely online, enrolling in only online coursework?"

Simply choose YES!
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Online AA requirements: 

The requirements for the Online AA degree are the same as those for the traditional AA degree.

The Associate in Arts degree (AA) provides a framework for equipping students who want to transfer and who wish to earn an associate degree from Black Hawk College. The AA is suitable for students who are selecting courses appropriate for their major at a specific four-year college or university or who are deciding which major to pursue.

The AA degree is widely accepted by transfer schools. Academic advisors work closely with students and four-year colleges and universities to choose suitable courses. Students may begin their transfer planning by reviewing Transfer Guides & Agreements. Students interested in other colleges or universities should contact the transfer institution or a BHC advisor.

Students completing the Associates in Arts degree will be able to:

  • Apply scientific thinking skills through the study of physical and life sciences
  • Apply quantitative skills through the study of mathematics
  • Apply communication skills through the study of speech and writing
  • Evaluate human experiences through the study of the humanities and fine arts
  • Develop an appreciation of human continuity, diversity and change through the study of social and behavioral sciences

AA degree framework - current academic year

Communication 3 courses
Humanities & Fine Arts 3 courses
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 courses
Mathematics 1 course
Physical & Life Sciences 2 courses including lab
Elective Courses Approximately 8 courses: up to 23 credits
Non-Western Studies Course 1 course (may be satisfied by choosing a designated non-western Humanities, Fine Arts or Social & Behavioral Sciences course)
Total Credits: 60
100- or 200- level courses count
Approximately 20 courses
additional prerequisite courses may be required

AA degree planning worksheets (by catalog year)

Before 2020, please refer to the respective BHC catalog.

Getting started in the Online AA program: Video series

This series of videos shows prospective students how to apply, access online resources and succeed in an online environment.


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