Associate in Arts (A10100) - Curriculum Standard

The Associate in Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status.

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “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.

GENERAL EDUCATION (45 SHC)
The general education common course pathway includes study in the areas of English composition; humanities and fine arts; social and behavioral sciences; natural sciences and mathematics.

UNIVERSAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER COMPONENT
(All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit.)

English Composition (6 SHC)
The following two English composition courses are required.

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry 3.00 3.00
ENG 112 - Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3.00 3.00
Total: 6

Select three courses from the following from at least two different disciplines (9 SHC)

Communications

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
COM 231 - Public Speaking 3.00 3.00
Total: 3

Humanities/Fine Arts

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
ART 111 - Art Appreciation 3.00 3.00
ART 114 - Art History Survey I 3.00 3.00
ART 115 - Art History Survey II 3.00 3.00
ENG 231 - American Literature I 3.00 3.00
ENG 232 - American Literature II 3.00 3.00
ENG 241 - British Literature I 3.00 3.00
ENG 242 - British Literature II 3.00 3.00
MUS 110 - Music Appreciation 3.00 3.00
MUS 112 - Introduction to Jazz 3.00 3.00
PHI 215 - Philosophical Issues 3.00 3.00
PHI 240 - Introduction to Ethics 3.00 3.00
Total: 33

Select three courses from the following from at least two different disciplines (9 SHC):

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
ECO 251 - Principles of Microeconomics 3.00 3.00
ECO 252 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00 3.00
HIS 111 - World Civilizations I 3.00 3.00
HIS 112 - World Civilizations II 3.00 3.00
HIS 131 - American History I 3.00 3.00
POL 120 - American Government 3.00 3.00
PSY 150 - General Psychology 3.00 3.00
SOC 210 - Introduction to Sociology 3.00 3.00
Total: 24

Math (3-4 SHC)
Select one course from the following:

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
MAT 143 - Quantitative Literacy 2.00 2.00 3.00
MAT 152 - Statistical Methods I 3.00 2.00 4.00
MAT 171 - Precalculus Algebra 3.00 2.00 4.00
Total: 11

Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Select 4 SHC from the following course(s):

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
AST 111 - Descriptive Astronomy 3.00 3.00
AST 111A - Descriptive Astronomy Lab 2.00 1.00
AST 151 - General Astronomy I 3.00 3.00
AST 151A - General Astronomy I Lab 2.00 1.00
BIO 110 - Principles of Biology 3.00 3.00 4.00
BIO 111 - General Biology I 3.00 3.00 4.00
CHM 151 - General Chemistry I 3.00 3.00 4.00
GEL 111 - Geology 3.00 2.00 4.00
PHY 110 - Conceptual Physics 3.00 3.00
PHY 110A - Conceptual Physics Lab 2.00 1.00
Total: 28
The following courses are co-requisites
  • AST-111 and AST-111A
  • AST-151 and AST-151A
  • PHY-110 and PHY-110A

ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS (13-14 SHC)

An additional 13-14 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as general education within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.

Total General Education Hours Required: 45


OTHER REQUIRED HOURS (15 SHC)

Academic Transition (1 SHC)
The following course is required:

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
ACA 122 - College Transfer Success 2.00 1.00
Total: 1

An additional 14 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as pre-major, elective or general
education courses within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based
on their intended major and transfer university.


*One semester hour of credit may be included in a 61 SHC associate in arts program of study. The
transfer of this hour is not guaranteed.


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.