The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the student will have the opportunities for the achievement of competencies in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.
Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA). The CAA and ICAA enable North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, to transfer with junior status. Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.
The AA degree requires completion of 45 semester hours of credit in General Education and 15 semester hours of credit in Other Required Hours. The General Education hours are divided into two components: the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) and the Additional General Education Hours, which are chosen based on the student’s intended major at the transfer institution. The Other Required Hours are selected from general education electives. New Comprehensive Articulation Agreement standards will allow the College to accept no more than 14 SHC of UGETC and Additional General Education credits from outside the NC Community College System and/or the UNC System.