Associate of Arts


  1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours that must include all core curriculum and institutional core requirements.
  2. Have at least 13 credit hours in academic transfer courses (ACGM) within areas of emphasis and/or electives.
  3. Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Only College of the Mainland courses will be used to calculate a GPA.
  4. Complete at least 25 percent of the credit hours toward this degree at COM.
  5. Satisfy THEA liability.

Degree Offerings

College of the Mainland offers the following Associate of Arts degrees:

Please refer to the specific Associate of Arts degree plans. For more information regarding a specific degree, please call 409-933-8379 or consult an advisor or a faculty member in the area of interest.

Core Curriculum

Each of these degrees contain 42 hours of courses in the Core Curriculum. COM complies with The Higher Education Coordinating Board and House Bill 2183, adopted by the 70th Texas Legislature, which defines Core Curriculum as “the curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduates of a particular institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an associate or baccalaureate degree.” This component of undergraduate education is also known as General Education.

View the Core Curriculum

If a student completes the Core Curriculum, all courses will transfer and fulfill the core requirements at other public institutions in Texas.