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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Degree Options

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Degree Options

Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts

Specialization:
Teacher Preparation

Social Sciences

Associate of Science

Specializations:
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies
Teacher Preparation

Purpose: The Liberal Arts (AA) and Social Sciences (AS) degrees are two-year programs designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences. The curricula consist of courses in general education (including a foreign language, natural science, and social sciences) typically required in the first two years of a baccalaureate curriculum in the humanities or social sciences.

Students from the AA degree program transfer into a wide variety of majors at senior institutions, including, but not limited to, the following :

anthropology

humanities

art

mass communications

library science

journalism

English/literature

philosophy

foreign languages

pre-law


Students from the AS degree program transfer into a wide variety of majors at senior institutions including, but not limited to, the following:

anthropology

pre-law

history

social work

economics

government/political science

mass communications

sociology

psychology

speech-language pathology

education/Deaf studies ASL: interpretation/linguistics

 

The programs are designed to provide transfer paths that will match the requirements of senior institutions (four-year colleges and universities); however, senior institutions differ in their requirements, so 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.

The Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts is intended for students seeking the bachelor of arts (BA) degree, generally awarded in such fields as philosophy, foreign languages, literature (including English), archaeology, art history, and religious studies. This program includes two years of coursework in the same foreign language. The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences is intended for students seeking the bachelor of science (BS) degree, generally awarded in such fields as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. This program includes one year of coursework in the same foreign language.

Students should understand that the line between the humanities and social sciences is not always clear and that some colleges and universities award BA degrees in what are usually considered the social sciences.  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 ASL/Deaf Studies specialization is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in American Sign Language and Deaf persons as a cultural group.  These expanding fields include speech-language pathology, deaf education, ASL instruction, interpretation, interpreter education, linguistics and Deaf studies (e.g., history, literature, research, etc.). 

The Teacher Preparation specializations are 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 or social sciences, and who plan to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level.  The Teacher Preparation specializations enable 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 and Social Sciences degree programs 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.

CURRICULUM
Liberal Arts — Associate of Arts

Click here to view Curriculum for Liberal Arts AA Teacher Preparation Specialization

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 ___

United States History, or

African-American History, or Western Civilization, or

World Civilization, or

any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 1631

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 ___

United States History, or

African-American History, or

Western Civilization, or

World Civilization, or

any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 240
or
MTH 270
1

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

___ ____7

Approved Elective

3

0

3

___ ____8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

15

3

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

___ ____8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

12

3

13

Total Minimum Credits for AA Degree in Liberal Arts

60

1Students should consult their advisor and 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.  MTH 151 and MTH 152 do not transfer to most institutions, and they do not fulfill the requirements of this curriculum track. MTH 120 does not fulfill the requirements of this curriculum path.

2A 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.

3Students must take the same foreign language through the 202 level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may petition for advanced placement to the intermediate level of this foreign language. Students who place at the intermediate level of foreign language study will then need to complete eight (8) additional credit hours of Approved Electives. Proficient students may receive course credit for foreign language through the CLEP exam. Students should consult their transfer institution about language requirements. 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.

4Students 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.

5For the AA degree, students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy the 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.

6Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

7A list of approved courses is available in the Humanities and Social Science office.

8A 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. 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.

 

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 1631 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 240
or
MTH 270
1
 
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

Principles of Economics I-Macroeconomics

or

Principles of Economics II-Microeconomics

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

1Students should consult with their advisor and 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.  MTH 151 and MTH 152 do not transfer to most institutions, and they do not fulfill the requirements of this curriculum track. MTH 120 does not fulfill the requirements of this curriculum path.

2A 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.

3Students must take the same foreign language through the 202-level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may petition for advanced placement to the intermediate level of this foreign language. Students who place at the intermediate level of foreign language study will then need to complete eight (8) additional credit hours of Approved Electives. Proficient students may receive course credit for foreign language through the CLEP exam. Students should consult their transfer institution about language requirements. 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.

4Students 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.

5Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy this requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

6A 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. 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.

 

CURRICULUM
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
Click here to view Curriculum for Social Sciences AS American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Specialization
Click here to view Curriculum for Social Sciences AS Teacher Preparation Specialization

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 ___

United States History, or

African-American History, or

Western Civilization, or

World Civilization or

any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 163

Precalculus I

3

0

3

___ ___1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

___ ___2

Foreign Language

4

0

4

TOTAL

14-15

0-2

15

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS ___

United States History, or
African-American History, or
Western Civilization, or
World Civilization or
any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 240
or
MTH 2701

Statistics
or
Applied Calculus

3

0

3

___ ___2

Foreign Language

4

0

4

ITE 1153
or
CSC 1553

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
or
Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG ___4

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

___ ___1,5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ___7

Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

3

13

ENG ___4

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

___ ___1,5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ___7

Approved Electives

6

0

6

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences

60

1A 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.

2A list of approved foreign language courses is provided in the Approved Electives section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Students must take the same foreign language through the 102-level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may petition for advanced placement to the intermediate level of this foreign language. Students who begin at the intermediate level of foreign language study will then need to complete two (2) additional credit hours in Approved Electives. Proficient students may receive course credit for foreign language through the CLEP exam. Students should consult with their transfer institution about language requirements. 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.

3Students 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.

4Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215  and 217 do NOT satisfy this requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

5Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

6A 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. NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

7A list of approved courses is available in the Humanities and Social Science office. For the Social Science AS degree, students are recommended to complete six hours in a course or courses designated as having an international focus. Courses having an international focus are identified on the approved list in the Humanities and Social Science office.

 

CURRICULUM
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Specialization

COURSE TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ENG 111 College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 101 Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

3

0

3

HIS ___

United States History, or
African-American History, or
Western Civilization, or
World Civilization or
any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 1631 Precalculus I

3

0

3

___ ____2 Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

ASL 2013 American Sign Language III

3

0

3

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 or
any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 240
or
MTH 270
1
Statistics
or
Applied Calculus

3

0

3

ASL 2023 American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ITE 1154
or
CSC 155
4
Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
or
Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

ENG ___5 Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

___ ____2 Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ____6 Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

3

13

ENG ___5 Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

___ ____2 Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ____6 Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

ASL 220 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

3

0

3

ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences, ASL/Deaf Studies Specialization

60

1Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about which math course to take. MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable. Students may select from MTH 163 or 170 as first course choices. MTH 240 or 270 may be taken as second course choices. Before registering for these courses, check to be sure that your transfer institution will accept them.

2A 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.

3ASL 201 and ASL 202 satisfy the one-year foreign language requirement.  Completion of ASL 101 and ASL 102 with a grade of "C" or higher satisfies the prerequisites for ASL 201.

4Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take.

5Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course.  ENG 215  and 217 do NOT satisfy this requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

6A 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. NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

 

CURRICULUM
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
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 ___1

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

3

0

3

MTH 163  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 ___1

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

3

0

3

MTH 240
or
MTH 270
4
Mathematics (240 or 270)

3

0

3

___ ____3 Foreign Language

4

0

4

ITE 115

or

CSC 1555

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
or
Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG ___6 Any 200-Level English Literature Course

3

0

3

ECO 201

or

ECO 202

Principles of Economics I-Macroeconomics

or

Principles of Economics II-Microeconomics

3

0

3

___ ____7 Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession

2

2

3

TOTAL

11

5

13

ENG ___6 Any 200-Level English Literature Course

3

0

3

GEO 210 People and the Land:  Introduction to Cultural Geography

3

0

3

___ ____7 Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ____8 Approved Elective

3

0

3

___ ____8 Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences, Teacher Preparation Specialization

61

1Students are recommended to take one semester of United States, African-American, or Virginia History and one semester of Western or World Civilization.

2A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and pesonal 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.

3Students must take the same foreign language through the 102-level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may petition for advanced placement to the intermediate level of this foreign language. Students who begin at the intermediate level of foreign language study will then need to complete two (2) additional credit hours in Approved Electives. Proficient students may receive course credit for foreign language through the CLEP exam. Students should consult with their transfer institution about language requirements. 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.

4Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about which math course to take. MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable. Students may select from MTH 163 or 170 as first course choices. MTH 240 or 270 may be taken as second course choices. Before registering for these courses, check to be sure that your transfer institution will accept them.

5Students 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. 

6Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy this requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

7A 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. 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.

8A list of approved courses is available in the Humanities and Social Sciences office.

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