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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Associate of Arts

Course Length: 7 weeks
Total Credit Hours: 64
Cost per Credit Hour: $420


The Associate of Arts program consists of 64 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The Online Associate Degree is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

The program includes general education credits from various academic disciplines to provide students with a foundation for critically examining the world from unique perspectives. The online associate degree prepares students with the foundational courses they need to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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The Inner Review

In this reflective course students will evaluate their strengths as a learner; define priorities and goals when choosing a career; and gain a greater understanding of memory.


Interpersonal Communication

Students examine their methods of interpersonal communication in various contexts including dyadic, small group, and mediated communication. Individual activities and group work include both oral and written components. Class discussions and small group activities provide opportunities to practice and refine interpersonal communication skills. Objective exams and quizzes focus on cognitive learning of the principles and concepts in the various communication contexts. (COM103 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)


College Writing

The content of a writing course is writing. For students to become proficient writers in all disciplines, they need to learn how to read and analyze a variety of texts and then practice reading and analyzing texts from various disciplines. Through research and writing, students learn what others are saying and how to integrate those ideas into their own writing. Constant practice will guide students into developing their own voice and style. They will make conscious choices related to audience and academic conventions.


Introduction to Literature

Introduction to Literature seeks to excite students about literature; to feed students passion about literature; and to enhance their pleasure from literature. Through a variety of texts, students will encounter other members of the human community and, while in their company, learn about themselves. The course will introduce basic literary terminology.


Walking and Running Basics

This course develops the fundamental skills, strategies and experiences to enjoy the health benefits of walking and running.


Introduction to Psychology

This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.


Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior. Investigation will focus on the values and norms shared by society’s members, the groups and institutions that compose social structure, and the forces that are transforming social reality.


Leaders in American Society

In this course, students examine the leadership foundations of American society. After examining and discussing these foundations, students will move to non-Western ethical influences of our contemporary society. Students will study the lives of many diverse leaders. In examining the traditional with the contemporary, students will explore the complex ethical framework of our nation.


Listening to Life:West. Clscl

Using music primarily from the classical Western tradition, this course teaches music listening skills, relates music to history and culture, and reveals music as a conveyer of human emotions, thoughts, and ideals. The course also touches briefly on ethnic folk music, global art music, and popular music (American jazz, musical theatre, and pop music.) (This course earns 2 credits towards the 4 credit Fine Arts component of the general education curriculum. Offered every fall and spring, summers to be announced. No prerequisite. Can serve as a prerequisite to Music History.)


Social Problems

Students identify and analyze social problems that are social-structure in origin and discuss potential responses. Using the concept of


American Government

This course introduces the student to mechanics, institutions, problem and principles of American national government. It stresses the relationship of constitutional principles to American political practice. Emphasis is placed on change in the political environment and judicial interpretation of constitutional tenants as major factors in a viable and dynamic American political system. Racial and Ethnic minorities are also examined in this course.


Principles Contemporary Math

This course is designed to give the liberal arts student an experience in contemporary mathematics, with emphasis on its connection to society.  The concepts include management science, statistics, coding, social choice and decision-making, and geometric shapes and symmetries.



This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on macroeconomics policy areas such as trade, exchange rate policy and domestic economic policy. The course will also introduce students to alternative theoretical frameworks such as classical, Keynesian, monetarism, rational expectations, Marxist, and institutionalist perspectives. The course will explore problems facing the less industrialized countries and the newly emerging countries and the United States


Approaching Art

This seven-week course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.


Biology 102

This augmented version of Biology Today challenges students to confront, evaluate, and integrate the major discoveries and principles of the biological sciences within their worldview as members of contemporary society.  Major themes of the course include the role of genes and inheritance in human growth and development; health and behavior; human origin and relationship to the Earth’s biodiversity; and human impact on, role within, and responsibility for the integrity of the biosphere.  Lectures, readings discussions, films and laboratory activities comprise the course.


Real World Chemistry

This general education course explores applications of chemistry outside of the laboratory to typical living environments.  This includes chemicals used in the kitchen, garage, bathroom and work places.  Hands-on lab activities supplement the topics.


Introduction to The Theatre

This course introduces the student to basic history, theory, production and performance elements of theatre arts. Students learn about theatre from many perspectives. In addition to studying primary and secondary materials, taking quizzes and/or tests, students participate in end of term individual or group projects. Attendance at area theatre productions required.


Biblical Christianity

Students study selected Old and New Testament texts and explore the historical Biblical perspective of Christianity in the context of grace and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Students learn how religious issues have been addressed and incorporated in different eras of history. Students learn how Christianity has shaped elements of culture and organizational life, how Biblical principles can shape individuals for strong leadership roles, and how to better understand Christians in the workplace within a Judeo-Christian culture.


Reflection and Synthesis

This course is designed for students to reflect upon what they have learned while completing their Associate of Arts degree.  Students will examine how their personal strengths, personal limitations, academic goals, and career goals will integrate as they leave the program and begin new endeavors- academic or otherwise. (this course replaces Portfolio and Synthesis)


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2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
What are your long term personal and professional goals?

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Start Dates

Fall 2014 Term

Start Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Monday
Class Time: 7-8 p.m. CST

*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor's degree