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Associate in Arts

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The Associate in Arts degree is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year program and for the student who wishes to broaden general knowledge.

The A.A. program is designed to prepare students for four-year baccalaureate majors in fields such as business, accounting, management, English, journalism, social work, education, nursing, music, psychology, history, pre-law and other humanities, fine arts and social sciences.

Electives depend on students' educational goals and may show wide variety. Students should consult their advisors for appropriate elective courses. Electives may also be selected from any college transfer course marked with an asterisk (*) in the course description section of the catalog. The Associate in Arts program is also available in a distance learning format (AADL). Students may complete the program at a distance by combining Internet courses, telecourses, and satellite broadcast courses to meet the requirements of the curriculum. A faculty advisor is available to help students select appropriate courses for degree requirements and transfer opportunities.

Program Location: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens County, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda

Schedule Options: Day, Evening, Online

Contact Information: Evelyn Beck

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Course Type* Minimum Credit Hours
Communication and/or Literature 9.0
Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning 6.0
Social/Behavioral Science 6.0
Humanities/Fine Arts 6.0
Lab Science 8.0
Concentration/Required Core Electives 15.0
Unrestricted Electives 10.0
Total Credit Hours: 60.0

See Courses that Transfer for course descriptions.

See Arts and Science Courses for a full listing of approved courses, concentrations/required core electives, and recommended electives. 

   
Day Program  
FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I (Required) 3.0
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning Requirement 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
  Elective 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 102 English Composition II (Required) 3.0
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning Requirement 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Communication/Literature Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Elective 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Elective 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 60.0
     
Evening Program  
FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I (Required) 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
  Elective 3.0
     
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 102 English Composition II (Required) 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning Requirement 3.0
     
SUMMER TERM  
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
     
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Communications/Literature Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
     
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Lab Science 4.0
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning 3.0
     
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Elective 3.0
     
FIFTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Elective 4.0
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 60.0
     
 

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement An Associate in Arts (AA) Degree provides students a foundation in the liberal arts and is designed to transfer into a variety of Baccalaureate programs at a four-year institution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: (General Education Student Learning Outcomes)

1. Communicate effectively.*

A. Read with Comprehension

B. Write with standard English

2. Apply mathematical skills appropriate to an occupation.*

A. Apply mathematical skills to solve problems

B. Perform computational skills

C. Read and interpret and draw conclusions.

3. Employ effective processes for resolving and making decisions.

A. Integrate information to solve problems.

B. Summarize information and draw conclusions.

4. Demonstrate the basic computer skills necessary to function in a technological world.

A. Located and retrieve information in digital environments.

B. Adapt, apply, and construct information in electronic environments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 

 

 

Advisement Information

  • Students and advisors are encouraged to review the Transfer Guides.  These guides give institution specific information about courses required for individual majors, bridge programs, articulation agreements, etc.  The Requirements for Individual Majors link will outline courses a student can take to complete the Associate degree that will also fit into the program of student for the Bachelor degree. 

  • With an AA degree, graduates can transfer directly to any state-supported four-year institution in SC. Overall, credits from PTC are accepted at more than 23 institutions in SC and surrounding states. Refer to transfer guide links to see which PTC courses are equivalent to those required by the senior institution the student is planning to attend.

  • The final decision as to the transferability of courses will be made by the senior institution at the time of transfer. For protection, the student should visit the senior institution and secure approval of all courses.

  • Students planning transfer to USC, the College of Charleston, Lander University, Newberry College, USC Aiken or Erskine College with an Associate in Arts degree can join the appropriate Bridge program to secure benefits that vary by institution. To enroll in a Bridge program, contact Evelyn Beck, Dean of Arts and Sciences.

  • If a student is not ready to take college-level courses, enroll in the appropriate developmental or transitional coursework.

  • Depending on senior institution, transfer credit of sciences may require completion of a series and may require enrollment in a face-to-face lab (not online).

  • Every student must take ENG 101 and ENG 102. Students transferring to Clemson need to complete ENG 101 and 102 to gain transfer credit for ENG 103 that is now required of all CU students.

  • The appropriate math track is highly dependent on where a student plans to transfer and the intended major at the four-year college.
  • When advising for SPA 101, we strongly recommend that students successfully complete ENG 101 (or have strong placement scores for ENG 101 and have demonstrated competency in English language skills) before attempting SPA 101. SPA 105 is a nontransferable conversational Spanish which could be used as a nontransferable elective before taking SPA 101.

  • Strong reading and study skills are needed for success in BIO 101 & 102. The pre-requisites for BIO 101 are ENG 100, RDG 100 and MAT 152 or appropriate placement scores.

  • Prerequisite for CHM 110 is MAT 102 or appropriate algebra placement score showing readiness for MAT 110. This course requires strong reading skills.

  • Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, graphing calculator, scantron sheets and folders for papers.

  • Note to enrollment advisors: please send AA/AS academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment.

Advisement Information updated 6/17/2013