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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 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, and research).

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

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 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

     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

06.01.14

1 Students should consult with 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.

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 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 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.

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 For 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.

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 courses is available in the Humanities and Social Science office.

8 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 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

06.01.14

1 Students 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.

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 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 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.

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 this 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.

CURRICULUM: Social Sciences — Associate of Science

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 270
1

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

1 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.

2 A 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.

3 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.

4 Students 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.

5 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.

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

7 A 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 2701

Statistics or Applied Calculus

3

0

3

ASL 2023

American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ITE 1154 or
CSC 1554

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

1 Students 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.

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 ASL 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.

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

5 Students 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.

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. 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 2704

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

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

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 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 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.

4 Students 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.

5 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.

6 Students 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.

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. 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.

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