Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts Degree program prepares students to transfer courses or the degree in its entirety to a four-year senior institution. This program is designed for students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts discipline or professional discipline.

General Education Core (45 SHC) SHC = Semester Hours Credit The general education common course pathway includes study in the areas of English composition; humanities and fine arts; social and behavioral sciences; and natural science and mathematics.

Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) (31-32 SHC)*

Award Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • Associate in Arts Degree (A10100)
Course Requirements for Associate in Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: A10100

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

English Composition (6 SHC)

Two English composition courses are required.
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry (3 SHC)
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc (3 SHC)

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)

Three courses from at least two different discipline areas are required.
One course must be a literature course.
ENG 231, 232, 241, or 242
Select two additional courses from the following
ART 111 Art Appreciation (3 SHC)
ART 114 Art History Survey I (3 SHC)
ART 115 Art History Survey II (3 SHC)
COM 231 Public Speaking (3 SHC)
ENG 231 American Literature I (3 SHC)
ENG 232 American Literature II (3 SHC)
ENG 241 British Literature I (3 SHC)
ENG 242 British Literature II (3 SHC)
MUS 110 Music Appreciation (3 SHC)
MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz (3 SHC)
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues (3 SHC)
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics (3 SHC)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)

Three courses from two discipline areas required.
One course must be a history course.
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SHC)
ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SHC)
HIS 111 World Civilizations I (3 SHC)
HIS 112 World Civilizations II (3 SHC)
HIS 131 American History I (3 SHC)
HIS 132 American History II (3 SHC)
POL 120 American Government (3 SHC)
PSY 150 General Psychology (3 SHC)
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology (3 SHC)

Mathematics (3-4 SHC)

Select one course from the following.
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy (3 SHC)
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I (4 SHC)
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra (4 SHC)

Natural Science (4 SHC)

Select one course from the following.
BIO 110 Principles of Biology (4 SHC)
CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 SHC)
GEL 111 Geology (4 SHC)
PHY 110/110A Conceptual Physics /Lab (4 SHC)

Additional General Education Hours (13-14 SHC)

An additional 13-14 SHC should be selected from the UGETC courses listed above or the list below, based on the student’s intended major and transfer university.
ANT 210 GEO 111, 112, 130
BIO 120, 130, 140, 140A HIS 115, 121, 122
CHM 131, 131A HUM 110, 115, 130, 160, 211, 212
CIS 115 MAT 172, 263, 271 272, 273
COM 110, 120, 140 MUS 113, 210, 212
DRA 111, 112, 211, 212 POL 110, 210, 220
ECO 151 PSY 239, 241, 281
ENG 114, 131, 261, 262 REL 112, 211, 212, 221
FRE 111, 112, 211, 212 SOC 213, 220, 225, 240
GEL 113, 230 SPA 111, 112, 211, 212

Other Required Hours (15-16 SHC)

The following courses are required. (5-7 SHC)
An additional 9-11 SHC should be selected from the UGETC or Additional General Education courses listed above, or the courses listed below.
ACA 122 College Transfer Success (1 SHC)
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 SHC)
HEA 110 Personal Health and Wellness (3 SHC) or
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life (2 SHC) or
PED 111 Physical Fitness I (1 SHC)
An additional 8 – 11 SHC should be selected from the UGETC or Additional General Education courses listed above, or the courses listed below.
ACC 120, 121
ART 121, 122, 131, 132, 135, 171, 231, 232, 240, 241, 244, 245, 246, 261, 262, 264, 265, 271, 281, 282, 283, 284
BIO 155, 163, 168, 169, 175, 275
BUS 110, 115
CHM 130, 130A, 251, 252
CJC 111, 121, 141
COM 251
CSC 134, 139, 151
CTS 115
DRA 120, 130, 131, 140, 141, 145, 170, 171, 260
EDU 144, 145, 216, 221
EGR 150, 220, 225
ENG 125, 126, 273
GEO 131
HEA 110, 112, 120
HIS 145, 162, 221, 231, 236
HUM 230
MAT 252, 280, 285
MUS 111, 121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 141, 142, 151, 152, 161, 162, 221, 222, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 241, 242, 261, 262
PED 113, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 130, 131, 143, 210, 217, 218
POL 130, 250
PSY 211, 243, 263, 271, 275
SOC 232, 234, 242
SPA 231

Total Semester Hours Credit (SHC) in Program: 60-61*

Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

*All Universal General Education Transfer Component Courses will transfer for equivalency credit to each of the sixteen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina under the provisions of the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.