General Education Diploma in Arts

Curriculum Code: D10100

The General Education Diploma in Arts prepares students to transfer general education courses to a four-year senior institution. The requirements for this diploma are identical to the requirements for the general education core listed in the Associate in Arts Degree. Completion of the general education core allows students to take advantage of the terms of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) which addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

General Education Core (44 SHC)*  SHC = Semester Hours Credit

The general education core includes study in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition.

*Students who complete the 44-hour general education core are eligible to receive the GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA IN ARTS (D10100).

Award Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • General Education Diploma in Arts (D10100)
Course Requirements for General Education Diploma in Arts

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

English Composition (6 SHC)

Two English composition courses are required.
English 111, Expository Writing (3 SHC), is required as the first composition course.
The second composition course must be selected from the following.
ENG 112 Argument-Based Research (3 SHC)
ENG 113 Literature-Based Research (3 SHC)
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting (3 SHC)

Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SHC)

Four courses from three discipline areas are required.
One course must be a literature course.
ENG 231, 232, 241, 242, 261, 262
One course must be a fine arts course (ART, DRA, or MUS).
Two additional general education courses from the following discipline areas are required: art, communication, drama, foreign languages, interdisciplinary humanities, literature, music, philosophy, and religion.
ART 111, 114, 115 DRA 111, 112, 211, 212
COM 110, 120, 231 (3 hours only) FRE 111, 112, 211, 212
ENG 231, 232, 241, 242, 261, 262 HUM 130, 160, 211, 212
MUS 110, 112, 210, 213 PHI 215, 240
REL 112, 211, 212, 221 SPA 111, 112, 211, 212

Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 SHC)

Four courses from three discipline areas are required.
One course must be a history course.
HIS 115, 121, 122, 131, 132
Three additional general education courses from the following discipline areas are required: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
ANT 210 ECO 151, 251, 252
GEO 111, 112, 130 HIS 115, 121, 122, 131, 132
POL 110, 120, 210, 220 PSY 150, 239, 241, 281
SOC 210, 213, 220, 225, 240

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (14-15 SHC)

Natural Sciences (8 SHC)
One course (4 SHC) must be selected from the following.
BIO 110 Principles of Biology (4 SHC)
BIO 111 General Biology I (4 SHC)
CHM 131/131A Intro to Chemistry/Lab (4 SHC)
CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 SHC)
GEL 120 Physical Geology (4 SHC)
PHY 110/110A Conceptual Physics/Lab (4 SHC)
PHY 151 College Physics I (4 SHC)
PHY 251 General Physics I (4 SHC)
Credit will not be awarded for both BIO 110 and BIO 111
Credit will not be awarded for both CHM 151 and CHM 131/131A
A second course (4 SHC) may be selected from the courses listed above, or from the following.
BIO 112 General Biology II (4 SHC)
BIO 120 Introductory Botany (4 SHC)
BIO 130 Introductory Zoology (4 SHC)
BIO 140/140A Environmental Biology/Lab (4 SHC)
CHM 152 General Chemistry II (4 SHC)
GEL 113 Historical Geology (4 SHC)
PHY 152 College Physics II (4 SHC)
PHY 252 General Physics II (4 SHC)
Credit will not be awarded for both BIO 110 and BIO 112
Mathematics (6-7 SHC)
Two courses are required.
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 SHC) and
MAT 140 Survey of Mathematics (3 SHC) or
MAT 161 College Algebra (3 SHC) or
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra (3 SHC) or
MAT 175 Precalculus (4 SHC)
Note: Math courses with a prerequisite of MAT 161 or higher may be substituted locally. You must see an academic counselor for details. Additional lab courses may be required for math classes taken at Coastal Carolina Community College.


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