Purpose: The Associate of Arts degree major in Liberal Arts is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.).
Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.
Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent: 4 units of English, 2 units of mathematics (algebra and geometry), 2 units of laboratory science, 1 unit of history, and 3 to 4 units of foreign language.
1 Students completing the A.A. in Liberal Arts must demonstrate intermediate college-level (201–202) proficiency in a language other than English. The 201–202 courses require a prerequisite proficiency equivalent to the 101–102 sequence in the language. Depending on the foreign language chosen for study, credits will vary in the Beginning levels between 3-5 credits and in the Intermediate levels between 3-4 credits.
Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students who place directly into intermediate level foreign language or ASL may take any transfer-oriented course to meet the credit requirement. Students completing the equivalent of the 101-102 sequence in foreign language may use those credits to meet General Education Elective requirements.
Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages [insert a link to Credit for Prior Learning rather than single out CLEP, since we also use the NYU test now]. Students whose native language is not English may substitute General Education Electives for foreign lanuage upon the approval of the advising academic dean.
Students must take sufficient General Education Elective courses so that they can apply at least 60 credits toward the Liberal Arts degree.
2 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer requirements. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 173 and MTH 271. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 174 and MTH 272. For UVA, take MTH 152 and MTH 241.
3 May substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.
4 May substitute ENG 125 with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to the requirements of the transfer institution.
5 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.
6 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.
7 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives. HIS 101–102 or HIS 121–122 are recommended.
8 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.
9 Consult an advisor for assistance in selecting General Education Electives that will meet the requirements of the transfer institution. In most cases, General Education Electives should be selected from the approved courses listed under General Education Electives. In the fourth semester, more than 3 credits in General Education Electives are required of students whose Foreign Language/ASL 101/102 total less than 10 credits.
10 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.