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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

LIBERAL ARTS  
Associate of Arts Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


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.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1___ 201 Foreign Language 3
2MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I 3
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
4SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
CST 110 Intro to Communication or 3
  CST  126  Interpersonal Communication  
5ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1___ 202 Foreign Language 3
2MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II 3
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total   16
3rd Semester
6ENG Literature Elective 3
7___ General Electives 6
8HIS Elective 3
9___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15
4th Semester
7___ General Electives 5
8HIS Elective 3
10___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
9___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   14
Total credits for the Liberal Arts A.A.=60

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. Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students completing 101-102 foreign language may use those credits to meet general elective requirements. Waivers or credit by exam (through CLEP) for previous experience is available for some languages. Students whose native language is not English may substitute general electives for foreign language upon the approval of the advising division dean.

2 Any higher-level mathematics course may be substituted, see transfer requirements.

3 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

5 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

6 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.

7 Consult your advisor for assistance in selecting general electives that will meet requirements of the institution to which you plan to transfer. In most cases, general electives should be selected from the approved courses listed under General Education Electives.

8 HIS elective may be selected from the HIS courses listed under the social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. HIS 101-102 or HIS 121-122 are recommended.

9 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.

10 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the 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 transfer institution.