Program Overview

Program 
Associate In Arts
Degree Level 
Program head 
Young, Cynthia

The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) programs provide students with the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree. The AA offers an excellent foundation for degrees in communication, education, humanities, fine arts, languages, and social and behavioral sciences. The AS offers an excellent foundation for degrees in engineering, computer science, mathematics, and the natural sciences. If you are an aspiring business major or other major not identified above, contact the university with the program that interests you to determine which degree is most suitable.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). The CAA enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina to transfer with junior status.

Community college graduates must obtain a “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

The core courses for the AA are selected from the following categories:

Associate in Arts Core
6 credits English
9 credits Humanities/Fine Arts
9 credits Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 or 4 credits Mathematics
4 credits Natural Sciences


The degree also requires students to earn at least a C in ACA 122 (College Transfer Success) and to take general education courses or pre-major elective courses to total sixty (60) credits.

Applicants to the AA or AS program are required to do pre-admission testing. Students with a combined writing and reading score of at least 1000 and a math score of at least 500 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are exempt from further testing. Students may also exempt placement testing with a combined English and reading score of a least 40 and a math score of at least 22 on the American College Testing (ACT). Others must take a placement test to determine their reading, writing, and mathematics proficiency. Students must place into ENG 111 (Writing and Inquiry) for admission into either program. Prospective students who need remediation in one or more areas will be placed in appropriate developmental studies courses designed to give them the best opportunity for success in subsequent college courses. Developmental courses do not count toward the overall degree credit requirements.

Program Options
Day - All Courses
Evening - Some Courses
Online - Most Courses
 
Credential Offered For This Program
Associate in Arts
# of Courses
19-20
# of Credit Hours
60
Selective/Special Admissions: No
Skills Needed   Typical Job Duties   Work Locations   4-Year Major Tracks
Written and verbal skills
Mathematics
  College Transfer Programs
such as the Associate
in Arts, are designed to
assist with transition
towards a Bachelor’s
degree, not necessarily
into a job.
  Students completing the
Associate in Arts degree,
but do not transfer, may
find work in a variety of
settings.
  Possible 4-Year
Major Tracks:
Accounting/Business
Communications
English
Economics
Foreign Languages
Global Studies
History
Humanities
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Pre-Law
Secondary Education
Sociology

NEW: Find out more about VGCC's Accelerated Pathway to complete the Associate in Arts in three semesters!