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Types of Undergraduate Degrees

Most of the degree programs at the University of Harford are offered by individual schools or colleges within the University; however, a few programs pull courses from more than one college.

The University awards the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

All associate's degree programs include basic literacy requirements, distribution requirements, and a concentration in the degree area. To earn an associate's degree, you must complete a minimum of 60 credits.

All bachelor's degree programs include three components: general education requirements, a major program in a departmental field of specialization, and a number of elective courses. To earn a bachelor's degree, you must complete a minimum of 120 credits.

Program Summary for a Generic Bachelor's of Arts degree

Degree programs are designed for both breadth and depth of learning. General education requirements provide breadth and seek to ensure basic capabilities in written and oral communication, language literacy, analytical, scientific, and quantitative reasoning, as well as providing exposure to a range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts. The courses required in the student's major progress from the introductory level to the advanced level, ensuring an in-depth understanding and appreciation for a particular subject area.

Note: These requirements will vary depending on your college of matriculation, your major, whether you enter the University with few or no transfer credits, or whether you have 24 or more transfer credits. In other words, the general education requirements for a business student or an engineering student, for example, will differ from those listed here. For specific degree requirements, refer to the section for your major in the undergraduate bulletin or speak with your faculty advisor.

  1. General Education: Basic Literacy Requirements (15 credits)
    • Reading and Writing (6 credits)
    • Math (3 credits)
    • Foreign Language (6 credits)
    • Oral Communications and Computer Skills (6 credits)
  2. General Education: Breadth and Integration (35–38 credits)
    • Humanities (15 credits from PHI, HIS, ENG, AUCW, AUCC, DRA, CIN, HLM)
    • Arts (6 credits from ART, HLM, CIN, DRA, AUCA)
    • Social Sciences (9 credits from POL, AUCS, PSY, SOC, EC)
    • Natural Sciences (two 4-credit courses, or 8 credits, from BIO, CH, PHY, SCI, AUCT)
  3. General Education: Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Two writing-intensive courses at 200, 300, or 400 level (designated by W). A writing-intensive course may satisfy both this requirement as well as a general education, major, or general elective requirement.
  4. Requirements for Major (35–60 credits)
    • Specific courses that all students in a major must take, some of which may need to be taken in sequence.
    • A certain number of courses in the major at specific levels: 100, 200, or 300 and above.
    • Major electives which are courses of your choice in the major area.
  5. Electives (20–35 credits)
    • These are courses of your choice, but no more than two credits of physical education requirements can be counted toward your degree.

Minimum total for Bachelor of Arts degree: 120 credits

Degree Programs by School or College

If you wish to see a listing degree programs offered at each school or college at the University, visit