Associate in Arts (University Transfer)

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SCC offers two fully transferable degrees:

  • Associate in Arts (AA) and
  • Associate in Science (AS).

Contact(s): Claudia Gresham

Stanly Community College’s transfer degrees offer an economical and efficient way to work towards a bachelor’s degree. The Associate in Arts degree is a good choice for future education, social science (history, psychology, sociology, economics, business, etc.), liberal arts (languages, English, fine arts, etc.) majors, or a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. The mathematics and science requirements are fewer than for an Associate in Science degree. For most majors, if a student wishes to attend a university, the Associate in Arts degree is the best degree to pursue.

UNC-system universities (and most private colleges and universities) will accept the completed AA degree as a package, which will waive the undergraduate general education requirements.

Courses identified as Universal General Education Transfer Component courses (UGETC) will transfer to the UNC-system universities and receive course for course credit (provided students earn a C or better in these courses). Other courses marked for transfer may receive general education or elective credit. Some SCC courses may not meet general education core requirements. Therefore, students should work closely with their advisors when registering for courses and planning their futures.

If a student has an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and at least a 2.0 grade point average, he or she will be considered for transfer by the senior institution. If the student meets minimum admission requirements for the UNC System, he or she may transfer before completing the AA degree; however, completing the AA degree with at least a 2.0 grade point average will increase transferability to the student’s college of choice. 

University Transfer - Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the University Transfer Program:

  • PO.1 Students should be able to demonstrate effective research skills including all required elements as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the research skills rubric.
  • PO.2 Students should be able to demonstrate global and cultural literacy as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the global/cultural literacy rubric.
  • PO.3 Students will be able to analyze concepts of individuals and people within social and historical contexts as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the social/behavioral contexts rubric.
  • PO.4: Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the critical thinking skills rubric.
  • PO.5: Students will be able to apply scientific principles to the natural and physical world as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the scientific principles rubric.

Visit www.stanly.edu/transfer for important information about the university transfer program and the transfer process. 

For more information, contact Program Head Claudia Gresham (cgresham5647@stanly.edu or 704.991.0307) or University Transfer Advisor Reese Linnell (rlinnell9468@stanly.edu or 704.991.0223).

Students must complete a total of 60 semester hours (SH) to receive the Associate in Arts degree (see program outline below). Students must earn a “C” or better in all transferable courses. Please consult an advisor, review the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Transfer Course List or see the Course Descriptions to ensure course transferability when selecting elective courses. The last sentence in the course description will indicate if the course is transferable.

Total semester hours: 61

Associate in Arts Degree – Program of Study

Universal General Education Transfer Component

(All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit.)

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
Communications/Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)
Select three of the following from at least two different disciplines:9
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey II
Public Speaking
American Literature I
American Literature II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)
Select three of the following from at least two different discplines:9
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Math (3-4 SHC)
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biology
General Biology I
General Chemistry I
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Lab
Additional General Education Hours (13-14 SHC)
Select an additional 13-14 SHC from courses classified as general education within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.13-14
Academic Transition (1 SHC)
ACA 122College Transfer Success (Take first semester)1
Other Required Hours (14 SHC)
Select an additional 14 SHC of courses from courses classified as pre-major, elective or general education courses within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.14
Total Credit Hours59-61

Total SHC in program: 60-61

Associate in Arts Course Sequence (Suggested)

Plan of Study Grid
Semester ICredit Hours
Academic Transition  
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
English Composition  
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
Humanities/Fine Arts  
Select one of the following: 3
Art Appreciation  
Art History Survey I  
Art History Survey II  
Music Appreciation  
Introduction to Jazz  
Philosophical Issues  
Social/Behavioral Sciences  
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Microeconomics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
American History I  
American History II  
American Government  
General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
Math  
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
Quantitative Literacy  
Statistical Methods I  
Precalculus Algebra  
Focused Elective (optional)  
May select 3 SHC 1 0-3
 Credit Hours13-17
Semester II
English Composition  
ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
Humanities/Fine Arts  
Select one of the following: 3
Art Appreciation  
Art History Survey I  
Art History Survey II  
Music Appreciation  
Introduction to Jazz  
Philosophical Issues  
Social/Behavioral Sciences  
Select one of the following: 3
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
American History I  
American History II  
Natural Sciences  
Select one of the following: 4
Principles of Biology  
General Biology I  
General Chemistry I  
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Lab
 
Focused Elective  
Select 3 SHC 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester III
Humanities/Fine Arts  
ENG 231
American Literature I
or American Literature II
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences  
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Microeconomics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
American History I  
American History II  
American Government  
General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
Focused Elective  
Select 4-6 SHC 1 4-6
Language  
SPA 111 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA 181 Spanish Lab 1 1
 Credit Hours14-16
Semester IV
Focused Electives  
Select 12-13 SHC 1 12-13
Language  
SPA 112 Elementary Spanish II 3
SPA 182 Spanish Lab 2 1
 Credit Hours16-17
 Total Credit Hours59-66
1

Focused elective, math and science courses must be chosen with the intended major and university of transfer in mind. Please work with your advisor to select these courses to facilitate the transfer process.

See Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Transfer Course List for approved transfer elective courses.

Associate in Arts - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)
Select three of the following from at least two different disciplines:9
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey II
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Social/Behavioral Science (9 SHC)
Select three of the following from at least two different disciplines:9
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Math (3-4 SHC)
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biology
General Biology I
General Chemistry I
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Lab
Academic Transition (1 SHC)
ACA 122College Transfer Success1
Total Credit Hours32-33