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Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts

SPECIALIZATION:  Teacher Preparation

PURPOSE:  The liberal arts promote knowledge of human history and cultures, critical and creative thinking, all forms of communication, an appreciation for the arts, ethical and analytical reasoning, inquiry and analysis. and the application of knowledge to complex problems.  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’s degree in the humanities. The curriculum consists of courses in general education typically required in the first two years of a baccalaureate curriculum in the humanities.

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

art/art history humanities
English/literature mass communications
foreign languages journalism
library science philosophy
history pre-law

 

The Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts lays the foundation for a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and art history, communication, English, history, foreign languages, journalism, law, library studies, philosophy, and religious studies.  This program requires intermediate proficiency (two years of coursework) in the same foreign language or its equivalent.

The Liberal Arts program is 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.

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 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.

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____   

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

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____  

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

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

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

03.13.15
 
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. 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.

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. 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. ENG 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 check the requirements of their transfer institution.

 7 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.  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 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

03.13.14

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.  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. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy the literature requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

6 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. 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.