Degrees and Programs of Study

Degrees Granted

Hesston College awards the following degrees.

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

The Associate of Arts degree is awarded to students who complete a broad distribution of courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It mirrors the first two years of a bachelor of arts degree program at a four-year institution. See details.

Associate of Science (A.S.)

The Associate of Science degree is awarded to students who complete coursework in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in-depth study of mathematics and the natural sciences. It mirrors the first two years of a bachelor of science degree program at a four-year institution. See details.

Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.)

The Associate of General Studies degree is awarded to students who complete a more limited distribution of courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It provides flexibility for students to satisfy the unique requirements of bachelor’s degree programs at a variety of four-year institutions. See details.

Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (A.A.A.S.)

The Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences is awarded to students who complete a combination of general education and technical courses in a specific discipline. It serves students who intend to seek employment or further education in a particular career field after graduation. See details.

Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement exercises are held once a year on the second Sunday morning after the close of spring semester. Students who will have completed at least 56 hours are invited to participate, with the degree awarded when all graduation requirements are met. Requirements for a degree may be completed during any term. The official graduation date is the date that the last requirement is met. For students who complete degree requirements by transferring work back to Hesston College from another institution, the graduation date is the date that the registrar receives the transcript.

Second Degree

Students with one Hesston College degree may receive a second degree upon completion of a minimum of twelve Hesston College hours (in addition to those required for the first degree) and all departmental graduation requirements.

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