Associate in Arts

Program Description

At Craven Community College, areas of study under the Associate in Arts (AA) degree span a wide range of academic interests. Typically, these areas include specific studies in the social sciences, humanities, communication, education, the arts, and criminal justice. Students should meet regularly with an advisor to determine the best course of study for their particular area of interest.

For degree completion, students are required to successfully complete 45 semester hour credits (SHC) of General Education courses. These General Education areas include: English, fine arts/humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics and represent the General Education Core of the AA.

In accordance with the revised Curriculum Articulation Agreement of 2014, the Associate in Arts degree is composed of 32 hours of Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses, 13 hours of additional general education courses and 15 hours of elective credit. Craven Community College has identified literature, history, health/physical education and ACA as required courses within the Associate in Arts degree.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, interpret, and formulate conclusions from data.
  • Write and/or speak with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
  • Analyze and interpret the role of the fine arts in society and culture.
  • Demonstrate how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and/or socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors.

Career Opportunities

The Associate in Arts degree program serves as the foundation for students who will complete their bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. They may then pursue careers in a number of areas, including:

  • the social sciences
  • the arts
  • the humanities
  • education and communication
  • business administration.

In addition, successful completion of a bachelor’s degree can also lead to continued study on the graduate level. For a more complete list of career opportunities, consult the individual Associate in Arts program description in this catalog.

Transfer Opportunities

Craven Community College has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer.

These transfer institutions include:

  • four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • private North Carolina four-year institutions.

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institutions for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible.

Contact Information

Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and University Transfer – English, Communication and Humanities

Associate Vice President for Instruction

Admissions Office

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