Associate in Arts
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. The overall total is comprised of both lower-division general education and pre-major 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.
Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) (PDF). The CAA (PDF) 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 to transfer with junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.
The Associate in Arts degree program includes general education requirements that represent the fundamental foundation for success and include study in the areas of English composition, communications, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. This curriculum reflects the distribution of discipline areas commonly included in institution-wide, lower-division general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree. 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.
Graduates completing the Associate in Arts degree will have demonstrated the ability to achieve academic and other learning goals that will enhance employment opportunities.
The Associate in Arts college transfer degree is in full compliance with the 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina System. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) (PDF) established college transfer courses, degrees, and policies that are accepted by all members of the North Carolina Community College System and all members of the University of North Carolina System. Students not completing one of the associate degree options will be able to transfer credit on a course by course basis and must comply with the requirements of the receiving institution. Please refer to the CAA (PDF) for requirements and restrictions. In all cases, it is the responsibility of students to be aware of special requirements of a specific institution or program.
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