American Samoa Community College

II.A.13. All degree programs include focused study in at least one area of inquiry or in an established interdisciplinary core.  The identification of specialized courses in an area of inquiry or interdisciplinary core is based upon student learning outcomes and competencies, and include mastery, at the appropriate degree level, of key theories and practices within the field of study

The College has identified its core foundational requirements for AA degrees to enhance content foundational competencies in core disciplinary areas of study.  In addition, ASCC offers Co-Foundational area courses specific to a discipline or area of specialization. These courses are program focused with emphasis in a specialized area.

A student who declares an AS or AA degree major has to complete core/co-foundational area requirements pertaining to the program in addition to the General Education requirements to fulfill a minimum of 60 credits. ASCC ensures that achievement of stated program learning outcomes and successful completion of all AA/AS requirements are the basis of awarding degrees. All course requirements are listed in the catalog under each core foundational areas as options for students to select in fulfilling an AA core requirement.  .

The following are core foundational areas with emphasis on specific competencies and program qualities:

Arts: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the visual of the performing arts (music, art, drama)

Humanities: Enrich and expand knowledge of the human conditions and cultures in relation to behavior, ideas and thoughts through the study in the disciplines of literature, philosophy and the arts.

Computer Science: Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to utilize technological tools and procedures for personal use, academics, and career task for entry level employment.

English:  A. Demonstrate active listening and speaking abilities.  B.  Demonstrate proficiencies in clear and effective written communication; C.  Demonstrate improvement in reading skills focused on comprehending analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating printed texts.

History:  A. Demonstrate an understanding of historical events from the context of American or global history; B.  Demonstrate an understanding of the regional and global historical patterns, such as the development of peoples and of social, political, and economic institutions.

Mathematics:  Demonstrate critical thinking and logical reasoning while developing problem solving skills in the various branches of mathematics.

Physical Education/Health:  Demonstrate a basic understanding of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Samoan and Pacific Studies:  Demonstrate critical thinking and the understanding of cultural diversity in the Samoa and Pacific Region.

Science:  Demonstrate foundational competencies in physical and life sciences through lecture and laboratory activities.

Social Science:  Demonstrate an understanding of historical processes, cultural development, and interrelationships, reflected in social, economic, and political progress. Develop career goals and plans, and apply lifelong learning skills for personal and professional growth.

ASCC has identified courses to meet co-foundational areas under specific programs or disciplines.
Co-Foundational Area Outcomes consist of courses specific to a discipline or area of specialization. These course requirements are listed in the catalog under each specific program. 1

ASCC assures the quality of degrees/certificates through continuous and ongoing assessment and evaluation of program learning outcomes.  Curriculum mapping, as documented in assessment exit reports, explains how courses requirement for general education, core-foundational areas, and co-foundation areas are aligned to program learning outcomes and ILO.  Faculty are charged with assessment of SLO at all levels for quality improvement of all degrees and certificates.  This also ensures students demonstrate mastery of all course competencies and program qualities.

1 - ASCC Catalog: General Education, Core Foundational Area, and Co-Foundational Area , p. 44-71