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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, science, or mathematics 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 Core (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), 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.

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.

ENGLISH

ENG 111 College Composition I 3 cr.

Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay. ENG 111 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: Placement recommendation for ENG 111 or placement recommendation for co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3. ENG 111 is a prerequisite for ENG 112.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 112 College Composition II 3 cr.

Continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage. ENG 112 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 111 or its equivalent and the ability to use word processing software; a grade of "C" or better in ENG 111 is recommended.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 115 Technical Writing 3 cr.

Develops ability in technical writing through extensive practice in composing technical reports and other documents. Guides students in achieving voice, tone, style, and content appropriate to a specific audience and purpose. Includes instruction in formatting, editing, and graphics. Introduces students to technical discourse through selected reading. Provides instruction and practice in basic principles of oral presentation.Prerequisite: ENG 111 or approval by the English department head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 137 Communication Processes I 3 cr.

Covers content, form, and procedures for research writings, which may include reports, articles, summaries, essays, and correspondence. Stresses editing, proofreading skills, sentence structure, and paragraph development. Offers instruction and practice in oral communication skills. May use reading selections for discussions and writing assignments.Prerequisite: Departmental placement recommendation.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 2 Spelling and Vocabulary Study 2 cr.

Helps students to improve spelling and develop vocabulary. Reviews common spelling patterns. Familiarizes the student with basic prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other word formations. Teaches effective use of the dictionary and thesaurus. Stresses recognizing words in reading context and using them effectively in writing.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ENG 2 Spelling and Vocabulary Study 3 cr.

Helps students to improve spelling and develop vocabulary. Reviews common spelling patterns. Familiarizes the student with basic prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other word formations. Teaches effective use of the dictionary and thesaurus. Stresses recognizing words in reading context and using them effectively in writing.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 210 Advanced Composition 3 cr.

Helps students refine skills in writing non-fiction prose. Guides students in the development of individual voice and style. Introduces procedures for composing and producing alphabetic, visual, aural, and/or digital texts and for publication in an electronic environment. ENG 210 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 112 with a grade of "C" or better or approval by the English department head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 215 Creative Writing - Fiction I 3 cr.

Introduces, in a workshop setting, the fundamentals and techniques of writing short and long fiction. ENG 215 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 111 or approval by the English department program head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 217 Creative Writing - Poetry I 3 cr.

Introduces, in a workshop setting, the fundamentals and techniques of writing poetry. ENG 217 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 111 or approval by the English program head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 233 The Bible as Literature 3 cr.

Provides an introduction to the study of the Bible as literature. Examines the intent and presentation of major literary genres found in the Bible, refining student skills of analysis, synthesis, and presentation. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 233 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 3 cr.

Examines American literary works from pre-colonial times through the mid-nineteenth century, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of American national literature. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 241 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 241 and ENG 242 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II 3 cr.

Examines American literary works from the late-nineteenth century to the present, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of the American national literature. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 242 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 241 and ENG 242 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 243 Survey of English (British) Literature I 3 cr.

Examines major English (British) texts from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 18th century, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of the British literary tradition. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 243 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 243 and ENG 244 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 244 Survey of English (British) Literature II 3 cr.

Examines major English (British) texts from the Romantics to the contemporary period, emphasizing the critical ideas and traditions of the English (British) literary tradition. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 244 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 243 and ENG 244 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I 3 cr.

Examines major works of world literature from the ancient period to the early 17th century. Involves critical reading and writing. This course has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 251 and ENG 252 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II 3 cr.

Examines major works of world literature from the 17th century to the present era. Involves critical reading and writing. This course has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 251 and ENG 252 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 253 Survey of African-American Literature I 3 cr.

Examines selected works by African-American writers from the colonial period to the early 20th century. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 253 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 253 and ENG 254 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 254 Survey of African-American Literature II 3 cr.

Examines selected works by African-American writers from the Harlem/New Negro Renaissance to the contemporary period. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 254 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 273 Women in Literature I 3 cr.

Examines literature by and about women prior to 1900. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 273 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 273 and ENG 274 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 274 Women in Literature II 3 cr.

Examines literature by and about women from 1900 to the present. Involves critical reading and writing. ENG 274 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. ENG 273 and ENG 274 may be taken out of order.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or its equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENG 295 Topics in English: The American Romantics in Italy 3 cr.

Focuses on the writers of American Romanticism and the diaries, novels, journals, poetry, letters, and dispatches that grew from their engagement with Italy. Provides students with an understanding of American Romanticism through its encounter with Italy, and students will engage these elements themselves in Venice, Padua, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento. This course will be inter-disciplinary, exploring Italian art, architecture, history, music, language, and culture.Prerequisite: ENG 112 or the equivalent.Lecture 3 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Elizabeth Bensen Liberal Arts AA EBensen@reynolds.edu 804/523-5754
Ashley Bourne-Richardson Liberal Arts AA ABourne@reynolds.edu 804/523-5170
Stephen Brandon Liberal Arts AA SBrandon@reynolds.edu 804/523-5496
Maria Espiritu Liberal Arts AA mespiritu@reynolds.edu 804/523-5169
Wendy Gray Liberal Arts AA WGray@reynolds.edu 804/523-5621
Eric Hibbison Liberal Arts AA EHibbison@reynolds.edu 804/523-5500
George Kugler Liberal Arts AA GKugler@reynolds.edu 804/523-5746
Donna Levy Liberal Arts AA DLevy@reynolds.edu 804/523-5944
Jason Lira Liberal Arts AA JLira@reynolds.edu 804/523-5869
Barbara Lytton Liberal Arts AA BLytton@reynolds.edu 804/523-5253
Nancy Morrison Liberal Arts AA NMorrison@reynolds.edu 804/523-5686
James Mullins Liberal Arts AA TMullins@reynolds.edu 804/523-5507
John Negri Liberal Arts AA JNegri@reynolds.edu 804/523-5534
Carlos Ossandon Liberal Arts AA COssandon@reynolds.edu 804/523-5609
Karyn Pallay Liberal Arts AA kpallay@reynolds.edu 804/523-5040
Linda Pinney Liberal Arts AA LPinney@reynolds.edu 804/523-5744
Mark Plume Liberal Arts AA MPlume@reynolds.edu 804/523-5745
Glenda Potts Liberal Arts AA gpotts@reynolds.edu 804/523-5920
Apryl Prentiss Liberal Arts AA APrentiss@reynolds.edu 804/523-5607
Maria Ramos Liberal Arts AA MRamos@reynolds.edu 804/523-5601
Jane Rosecrans Liberal Arts AA JRosecrans@reynolds.edu 804/523-5599
Christopher Thomas Liberal Arts AA CCThomas@reynolds.edu 804/523-5291
Scott Weaver Liberal Arts AA SWeaver@reynolds.edu 804/523-5602
William Ziegler Liberal Arts AA WZiegler@reynolds.edu 804/523-5603
Thomas de Mayo Liberal Arts AA TdeMayo@reynolds.edu 804/523-5918
Eric Barna Liberal Arts AA - Teacher Preparation Specialization EBarna@reynolds.edu 804/523-5542