Associate in General Education

Program Description

The Associate in General Education (AGE) is designed to meet the needs of students who are primarily interested in only two years of college. However, the AGE may also be used by students who need to take specific courses to transfer to a specialized major at a four-year college or university. Students wishing to use this degree for transfer are highly encouraged to consult with an advisor to determine the best course of study to accomplish their educational goals.

The AGE is not part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which is an agreement between the North Carolina University System (UNC-System) and the North Carolina Community College System that guarantees transfer from a North Carolina community college into a baccalaureate degree program at a UNC-System university. 

The AGE allows students to create an individual plan of study for specialized goals, but often does not prepare students to transfer to a university or to enter the work force.

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 form logical conclusions through the use of basic mathematical or scientific methods.
  • Write and/or speak with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
  • Analyze and interpret the role of fine arts in society and culture.  
  • Demonstrate how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and/or socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors.

Career Opportunities

  • Job advancement
  • Clerical support
  • Entry level office positions
  • Local, state, federal government positions

Transfer Opportunities

While this degree is not designed for transfer, individual courses may transfer to four-year colleges or universities on a course-by-course basis. 

Contact Information

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

Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and University Transfer – Math, Science, and Social Science

Associate Vice President for Instruction

Admissions Office


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