Associate in Arts Degree Program

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What it's about 

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) program is included in the agreement between North Carolina’s community colleges and its four-year colleges and universities. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to take the first two years of a four-year program in many majors.

Jobs available

College transfer programs such as the Associate in Arts are designed to assist your transition towards a Bachelor's degree, not necessarily into a job. Students completing the AA, but do not transfer, may find work in a variety of settings. 

Salary

Not Applicable

Courses you'll take

The course work includes composition and literature, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences, foreign language and physical education. ACA090 Student Success is recommended.

What you'll gain

If your plan is to transfer to a four-year college or university, you’ll get many of your prerequisites out of the way, while allowing you to develop self-discipline and study skills in a nurturing environment.

A10100 Total Semester Hours = 64

A. English

  • Semester Hours 6

  • Select both of the following courses in the composition, literature, and research sequence:
  • ENG 111 and ENG 113 or ENG 112

    B. Social Science

    • Semester Hours 12

    • Select four courses from at least three disciplines in the following areas:

      • Area One: One complete sequence from the following:

        HIS 111 & HIS 112 OR

        HIS 131 & HIS 132

      • Area Two: Two courses from two additional disciplines:

        ECO 151, 251, 252

        GEO 111

        POL 120, 220

        PSY 150

        SOC 210, 213, 220, 225, 240

    C. Humanities

    • Semester Hours 12

      Select four courses (One from Areas One and Two and two courses including one additional discipline from Area Three)

    • Area One: Choose:
      COM 231
    • Area Two: Select one course:
      ENG 231, 232, 233, 241, 242, 243, 262
    • Area Three: Choose two courses including one additional discipline from the following:
      ART 111, 114, 115
      COM 110, 120, 140
      ENG 231, 232, 233, 241, 242, 243, 262
      FRE 211, 212
      HUM 110, 115, 120, 122, 130, 150, 160, 220
      MUS 110, 112, 113, 114, 212
      PHI 215, 240
      REL 110, 211, 212
      SPA 211, 212

    D. Mathematics

    • Semester Hours 8

    • Select MAT 161 & MAT 161A (lab) and one from the following:

      MAT 151 & MAT 151A (lab) OR

      MAT 155 & MAT 155A (lab)

    E. Natural Science

    • Semester Hours 8
    • Select one course from each of the areas below:
      • Life Science
        BIO 110, BIO 111 OR 140/140A
      • Physical Science
        CHM 131/131A, 151
        PHY 110/110A, 151, 251

    F. Physical Education

    • Semester Hours 2

    • Select two courses from the following (at least one course must be from Area One):
      • Area One (Health-Related Physical Fitness)
        PED 110*, 111, 112, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121
      • Area Two (Sports-Related Physical Fitness) PED 125, 127, 128, 130, 137, 138, 139, 142, 143, 145, 152, 153, 156, 170
      • May be used for students with documented temporary or permanent *physical disabilities.

    G. Foreign Language*

    • Select two consecutive courses with the same prefix from the following sequences. Labs for the elementary sequence must be included with the lecture.

    • CHI 111 & 181; 112 & 182
      FRE 111 & 181; 112 & 182; 211; 212
      JPN 111 & 181; 112 & 182
      POR 111 & 181; 112 & 182
      SPA 111 & 181; 112 & 182; 211; 212

    H. College Transfer Preparation

    • Semester Hours 1

    • ACA 122

    I. Electives

    • Semester Hours 9 - 12

    • Select any of the following courses, as well as any courses listed above not used to meet other requirements:
    • ACA 115, 120
      ACC 120, 121
      BIO 163, 165, 166
      BUS 110, 115
      CIS 110, 115
      CJC 111, 121, 141
      CSC 134, 151
      EDU 216
      ENG 273
      HEA 110, 112
      HIS 165, 211, 231, 260
      JOU 110
      MAT 171, 172, 175, 263 & 263A, 273, 285
      MUS 111, 121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 210, 211, 231, 232, 271, 272
      POL 130
      PSY 231, 237, 241, 242, 263 & 263A, 281
      SOC 234, 242
      SPA 161, 221
    • NOTE: A student may not receive credit toward the A.A. degree for both BIO 163 AND the sequence of BIO 165 and BIO 166; for both CHM 131/131A AND CHM 151; for both BIO 110 AND the sequence of BIO 111 and BIO 112; for both MAT 175 AND the sequence of MAT 171 and MAT 172.