Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution and majoring in a non-STEM subject (something other than science, technology, engineering, or math). For example, the AA is appropriate for students majoring in Art, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Languages, Marketing, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Social Work, etc.
Students who complete the associate’s degree are considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division requirements of the receiving institution. Graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program (60-61 semester hour credits) will be eligible to transfer to all constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina with junior status if admitted into the institution.
Students should select courses based on their intended major and transfer university requirements. The same course cannot be counted in more than one category. Students must meet the receiving institution's foreign language and/or health & P.E. requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses counted toward graduation and to ensure course transferability to the University of North Carolina system. Students interested in taking advanced Spanish language courses may also be interested in adding the Spanish Language Certificate to the Associate in Arts degree.
ONLINE PROGRAM INFORMATION: Surry offers this program online. Go to Online Learning for more information.
Graduates of the Associate in Arts program will be able to:
- Demonstrate thinking that is clear, accurate, precise, relevant, logical, deep, broad, and fair, while analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating – Critical Thinking
- Produce writing that is clear, precise, organized, incisive, and correct (according to the guidelines of Standard Written English) for a variety of purposes and audiences – Writing
- Read actively and analytically at the college level and synthesize and apply information across disciplines – Reading
- Speak in a manner that is clear, precise, coherent, perceptive, audience-aware, and correct (according to SWE) in both small and large group settings – Speaking
- Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information – Information Literacy
The AA is available online. Online degree students follow the same degree requirements and program learning outcomes as students earning the degree in the traditional format.
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Ashley Myers Morrison
Dean of Arts and Sciences