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Programs of Study

Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts

SPECIALIZATION:  Teacher Preparation

PURPOSE:  The Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts lays the foundation for a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and art history, communication, English/literature, history, humanities, journalism, music, philosophy, pre-law, social sciences, religious studies, and world languages.  The liberal arts promote a broad background of knowledge across the arts, humanities, languages, and social sciences to develop students' abilities in analytical and critical thinking, written and oral communication, and understanding global cultural awareness.  The Liberal Arts degree is a two-year program designed for those students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree.  While the program is designed to provide transfer paths that will match the requirements of four-year colleges and universities, the requirements may differ.  Therefore, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer.  This program requires intermediate proficiency (two years of coursework or its equivalent) in a language other than English.

Each student admitted to the program is assigned an academic advisor to help plan the appropriate course of studies to transfer to the student's choice of a four-year college or university.  Students who complete the program generally transfer as juniors.

THE TEACHER PREPARATION SPECIALIZATION is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the liberal arts, and who plan to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level. The Teacher Preparation specialization enables the student to participate in two field experiences in area schools.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: The following high school units are strongly recommended: three units of college preparatory mathematics and two years of a foreign language.

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS: Students who wish to be licensed to teach in Virginia should earn a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts or science field. Students should consult with their advisor regarding elective choices that match their desired teaching endorsement area(s). While enrolled at the community college, students should prepare for and successfully complete Praxis I, the initial teacher licensure examination.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT:  Students in the Liberal Arts degree program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the AA degree in Liberal Arts, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  • An interdisciplinary understanding of the human experience from different global, cultural, sociological, and historical perspectives;
  • An awareness of how social and cultural contexts shape and influence forms of human expression; and
  • An understanding of the interdependence of academic disciplines and how an interdisciplinary perspective contributes to understanding the human experience.

CURRICULUM: Liberal Arts — Associate of Arts

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

HIS      

Western Civilization, World History, or other non-U.S. History

3

0

3

MTH 1701
or
MTH 1631

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics
or
Precalculus I

3

0

3

_______2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

_______3

Foreign Language

4

0

4

TOTAL

14-15
0-2
15

ENG 112

College Composition II

3
0
3

HIS      

U.S. History

3
0
3

MTH 2401
or
MTH 2701

Statistics
or
Applied Calculus

3
0
3

______3

Foreign Language

4
0
4

ITE 1154
or
CSC 1554

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3
0
3

TOTAL

16
0
16

ENG      5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3
0
3

______2,6

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3
0
3

______3

Foreign Language

3
0
3

______2

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

______7

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

15

3

16

ENG      5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

______2,6

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

______3

Foreign Language

3

0

3

______7

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

12

3

13

Total Minimum Credits for AA Degree in Liberal Arts 60

02.02.16
 
1 Students should consult with their advisor and preferred transfer institution about which math courses to take. MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable. Students planning to transfer to VCU may take MTH 170, followed by MTH 240.  Students who intend to major in economics or anthropology at VCU must take MTH 163.  

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Students are advised to work with an advisor to choose electives related to their transfer goals and to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

3A list of approved foreign language courses is provided in the catalog under the Curriculum Planning and Design section.  Students must take the same foreign language through the 202-level or its equivalent. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may take the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) test through the testing centers to receive up to 12 credits toward their foreign language requirement. Students who have acquired foreign language CLEP scores should refer to the College Catalog for the acceptable minimum scores for any Reynolds/VCCS course equivalent.  Students can then apply to Admissions and Records to have the scores evaluated. Some BS programs require intermediate-level foreign language. Many colleges and universities accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit. Students should consult their transfer institution about language requirements. 

4 Students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take. Students who have good backgrounds in computers may petition for credit by examination.

 5 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. 200-level literature courses are designated writing-intensive. ENG 210, 215, and 217 do NOT satisfy the literature requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections. Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area. 

6 Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area. Students are advised to work with an advisor to choose electives related to their transfer goals and to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

 7 A list of approved laboratory science electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.  NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to work with an advisor to choose laboratory science electives related to their transfer goals and to check the requirements of their transfer institution. A frequent transfer option for Liberal Arts students is BIO 106 or BIO 107, followed by GOL 105.

 

CURRICULUM: Liberal Arts — Associate of Arts
Teacher Preparation Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 101

Orientation to 
Teacher Preparation

2

0

2

HIS      

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization

3

0

3

MTH 1701

or

MTH 1631

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics

 or

Precalculus I

3

0

3

______2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

______3

Foreign Language

4

0

4

TOTAL

15-16

0-2

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS      

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization

3

0

3

MTH 2401

or

MTH 2701

Statistics

or

Applied Calculus

3

0

3

______3

Foreign Language

4

0

4

ITE 1154
or
CSC 1554

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG      5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

GEO 210

People and the Land: Introduction to Cultural Geography

3

0

3

______3

Foreign Language

3

0

3

EDU 200

Introduction to Teaching as a Profession

2

2

3

______6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

14

5

16

______2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

ECO 201 or 

ECO 202 or

ECO 1207

Principles of Economics I-Macroeconomics or

Principles of Economics II-Microeconomics or

Survey of Economics

3

0

3

______3

Foreign Language

3

0

3

______6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

12

3

13

Total Minimum Credits for AA Degree in  Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation Specialization 61

02.02.16

1 Students should consult with their advisor and preferred transfer institution about which math course to take.  MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable. Students planning to transfer to VCU may take MTH 170. Students who intend to major in economics or anthropology at VCU must take MTH 163.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and upon an investigation of the transfer requirements of the institution to which transfer is contemplated.

3 A list of approved foreign language courses is provided in the catalog under the Curriculum Planning and Design section. Students must take the same foreign language through the 202-level or its equivalent.  Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may take the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) test through the testing centers for up to 12 credits toward their language requirement.   Students who have acquired foreign language CLEP scores should refer to the College Catalog for the acceptable minimum scores for any Reynolds/VCCS course equivalent.  Students can then apply to Admissions and Records to have the scores evaluated.  Some BS programs require intermediate-level foreign language. Many colleges and universities accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit.  Students are advised to clarify transfer opportunities with their transfer institution.

4 Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take.  Students who have good backgrounds in computers may petition for credit by examination.

5 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course.  200-level literature courses are designated writing-intensive.  ENG 210, 215, and 217 do NOT satisfy the literature requirement.  For transfer purposes, students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.  Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area.

6 A list of approved laboratory science electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Future elementary teachers are recommended to take one semester of physical science and one semester of biological science.  NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution. A frequent transfer option for Liberal Arts students is BIO 106 or BIO 107 followed by GOL 105.

7 Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the best choice for their program.