AA Degrees

 

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts Degree Course Requirements

The Associate in Arts Degree requires a minimum of 60 college-level credit hours including 36 hours in general education, 24 hours of acceptable electives, and satisfaction of the foreign language proficiency requirement.

A. General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree- 36 Credits

The general education program at Valencia is designed to contribute to the student's educational growth by providing a basic liberal arts education and it is an integral part of the A.A. Degree program.

There are two approaches to general education at Valencia. The first is 36 semester hours of academic credit which serve as the core of the curriculum. The 36 hours are selected from 5 core areas of academic courses offered at Valencia: Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences. The second approach is the 24-semester-hour Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Program and completion of SPC 1600, POS 2041, and the six-semester-hour mathematics requirement outlined in Area 3. The description of the first approach follows, and the second approach is described in the Honors section of this catalog. When a number of courses may be used to satisfy a degree requirement, a course attribute code identifies each course that may be used to satisfy that specific requirement.

AREA 1. COMMUNICATIONS 9 Credits

Required Courses - There are a required 12 credits. The Freshman Composition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule Requirement
Freshman Composition I
ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~ 3
or ENC 1101H FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I - HONORS
Freshman Composition II
ENC 1102 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II +*~ 3
or ENC 1102H FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II - HONORS
Select one of the following Oral Communication courses: 3
SPC 1608 FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~
SPC 1608H FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH - HONORS ~
SPC 1017 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ~
SPC 1017H INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION HONORS ~
New Student Experience 3
SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE ~
or SLS 1122H New Student Experience-Honors
Total Credit Hours 12

AREA 2. HUMANITIES 6 Credits

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students must take three credits hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from Institutional offerings. One course must be a Gordon Rule (GR) course, and completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule Requirement
Core 3
ARH 1000 Art Appreciation ~
HUM 1020 INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES ~
or HUM 1020H INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES - HONORS
LIT 1000 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE ~
MUL 1010 MUSIC APPRECIATION +*~ (GR)
PHI 2010 PHILOSOPHY ~
THE 1000 Introduction To Theater ~
Institutional 3
HUM 2220 HUMANITIES - GREEK AND ROMAN +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2220H HUMANITIES- GREEK AND ROMAN- HONORS
HUM 2223 HUMANITIES - LATE ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2223H HUMANITIES - LATE ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL HONORS
HUM 2232 HUMANITIES - RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2232H HUMANITIES - RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE - HONORS
HUM 2234 HUMANITIES - ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2234H HUMANITIES - ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM - HONORS
HUM 2250 HUMANITIES - TWENTIETH CENTURY +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2250H HUMANITIES - TWENTIETH CENTURY - HONORS
HUM 2310 MYTHOLOGY +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2310H MYTHOLOGY - HONORS
HUM 2410 ASIAN HUMANITIES +*~ (GR)
HUM 2461 LATIN AMERICAN HUMANITIES +*~ (GR)
or HUM 2461H LATIN AMERICAN HUMANITIES - HONORS
REL 2300 UNDERSTANDING RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS +*~ (GR)
ARC 1701 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE I +*~ (GR)
ARH 2051 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II +*~ (GR)
or ARH 2051H INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II - HONORS
MUT 1111 MUSIC THEORY I ~
PHI 2600 ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING +*~ (GR)
Total Credit Hours 6

 

AREA 3. MATHEMATICS 6 Credits

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students must take three credit hours from the Core offerings, and three credit hours from either the Core or Institutional offerings. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C to meet the Gordon Rule Requirement. Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics core.
Core ^must take a minimum of three credit hours 3
MAC 1105 COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~ (GR)
or MAC 1105H COLLEGE ALGEBRA - HONORS
MGF 1106 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS +*~ (GR)
MGF 1107 MATH FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS +*~ (GR)
MAC 2311 CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I +*~ (GR)
or MAC 2311H CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I - HONORS
STA 2023 STATISTICAL METHODS +*~ (GR)
or STA 2023H STATISTICAL METHODS - HONORS
Institutional ^students may take three or more credit hours 3
MAC 1114 COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY +*~ (GR)
MAC 1140 PRECALCULUS ALGEGRA +*~ (GR)
MAC 2312 CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II +*~ (GR)
or MAC 2312H CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II - HONORS
MAC 2233 CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE +*~ (GR)
or MAC 2233H CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
Total Credit Hours 6

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AREA 4. SCIENCE 6 Credits

Required Courses -There are 6 required credits. Students must take at least three credit hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from either the Core or Institutional offerings. Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the general education core course options in natural science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the natural science core.
Valencia does not require a science course with a laboratory. Courses with a C designation have a combined class and laboratory; however, university majors determine if the student must take one or more laboratory science courses at Valencia. To select the most appropriate science courses for your major or transfer plan, complete an education plan through Atlas.
Core ^minimum of three credit hours required 3
AST 1002 ASTRONOMY ~
or AST 1002H ASTRONOMY - HONORS
BSC 1005 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE ~
BSC 1005L LAB IN APPLIED BIOLOGY ~
BSC 1005C BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COMBINED ~
or BSC 1005H BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE - HONORS
BSC 1010C GENERAL BIOLOGY I *~
or BSC 1010H GENERAL BIOLOGY - HONORS
CHM 1020 CHEMISTRY IN EVERYDAY LIFE ~
CHM 1045C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS *~
or CHM 1045H GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS I -HONORS
ESC 1000 EARTH SCIENCES ~
EVR 1001 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ~
or EVR 1001H INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HONORS
PHY 1020 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS ~
PHY 2048C GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS I *~
or PHY 2048H GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS I - HONORS
PHY 2053C COLLEGE PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY *~
Institutional ^students may take three or more credit hours 3
BOT 2010C BOTANY ~
BSC 1011C GENERAL BIOLOGY II *~
or BSC 1011H GENERAL BIOLOGY II - HONORS
BSC 1020 HUMAN BIOLOGY ~
BSC 1020C HUMAN BIOLOGY COMBINED ~
BSC 1026 BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY ~
or BSC 1026H BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY - HONORS
BSC 2093C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *~
BSC 2094C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *~
CHM 1025C INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY *~
CHM 1046C GENERAL CHEMISTRY WITH QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS II *~
GLY 2010C PHYSICAL GEOLOGY ~
GLY 2160 GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS ~
MET 1010 INTRODUCTION TO METEORLOGY ~
OCB 1000 INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY ~
OCE 1001 INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY ~
or OCE 1001H INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY-HONORS
PHY 2049C GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS II *~
PHY 2054C COLLEGE PHYSICS II WITH ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY *~
MCB 2010C MICROBIOLOGY *~
Total Credit Hours 6

AREA 5. SOCIAL SCIENCES 6 Credits

Required Courses - There are 6 required credits. Students are required to take three credit hours from the Core offerings and three credit hours from Institutional offerings. The three hours of Institutional credit will apply toward the Gordon Rule (GR) requirement and must be completed with a minimum grade of C to fulfill the Gordon Rule Requirement.
Core 3
POS 2041 U.S. GOVERNMENT. ~
or POS 2041H U.S. GOVERNMENT - HONORS
AMH 2020 U.S. HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT ~
or AMH 2020H UNITED STATES HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT - HONORS
ANT 2000 INTRODUCTORY ANTHROPOLOGY ~
or ANT 2000H INTRODUCTORY ANTHROPOLOGY HON
ECO 2013 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO
or ECO 2013H PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO-HONORS
PSY 2012 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ~
or PSY 2012H GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - HONORS
SYG 2000 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY.
or SYG 2000H INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY- HONORS.
Institutional 3
EUH 2000 ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WESTERN CIVILIZATION +*~ (GR)
EUH 2001 MODERN WESTERN CIVILIZATION +*~ (GR)
or EUH 2001H Modern Western Civilization-Honors
INR 2002 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS +*~ (GR)
or INR 2002H INTERNATIONAL POLITICS HONORS
POS 2112 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT +*~ (GR)
Total Credit Hours 6

+

 This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

 This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog

~

 This is a General Education course.

(GR)

 Denotes a Gordon Rule course

 

Electives/Required Prerequisites for Major (24 Credits)

Most college-level credit courses taught at Valencia will count toward elective credit. Any credit hours in excess of the minimum required in any of the five core areas listed above will count as elective credits. University majors require certain prerequisite courses before transferring; these are the courses that should be taken as electives at Valencia. To select the most appropriate electives, create an educational plan through Atlas for review with a student services staff member.

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Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

Valencia’s college-level foreign language proficiency requirement can be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • You may complete two credits (two years) of high school instruction in one language other than English with a passing grade each year as documented on your official high school transcript.
  • You may successfully complete one of the following sequences in a single foreign language with a letter grade of “C” or better:
    ARA 1120
      & ARA 1121
    ELEMENTARY ARABIC I
       and ELEMENTARY ARABIC II
    8
    ASL 2140
      & ASL 2150
    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
       and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
    8
    FRE 1120
      & FRE 1121
    ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
       and ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
    8
    GER 1120
      & GER 1121
    ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
       and ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
    8
    ITA 1120
      & ITA 1121
    ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I
       and ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II
    8
    LAT 1120
      & LAT 1121
    ELEMENTARY LATIN I
       and ELEMENTARY LATIN II
    8
    POR 1120
      & POR 1121
    ELEMENTARY PORTUGESE I
       and ELEMENTARY PORTUGESE II
    8
    POR 1340
      & POR 1341
    Portuguese for Heritage Speaker I
       and Portuguese for Heritage Speakers II
    8
    SPN 1120
      & SPN 1121
    ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
       and ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
    8
    SPN 1340
      & SPN 1341
    SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKER
       and SPANISH FOR HERITAGE SPEAKER II

 

  • You may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing foreign language course work at the Elementary II college level with a minimum grade of "C."
  • Demonstration of proficiency by passing a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) foreign language test or a foreign language proficiency test administered by the University of Central Florida. Students who earn college-level foreign language credits through course work or CLEP may apply these credits toward the 24 Elective credits.
  • If your native language is a language other than English, you may satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement by successful completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course requirements and successful completion of the Area I Communications requirements for the Associate in Arts degree.
  • Demonstrated college-level proficiency in American Sign Language (either through completion of eight semester credits or successful completion of ASL 2150) can be used to fulfill this requirement at Valencia.
  • Demonstration of proficiency by passing Advanced Placement test with a score of 4 or higher.
  • American Sign Language cannot be used to fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement at many universities. Students are responsible for verifying acceptability at the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Note: Satisfaction of this graduation requirement for Valencia may also satisfy the foreign language admission requirement for Florida public universities; it may or may not satisfy a specific university graduation requirement. Students are encouraged to find out the specific requirements of institutions in which they are interested.

 

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Curriculum & Articulation

Krissy Brissett
Administrative Assistant,
Curriculum & Articulation

Office of Curriculum and Articulation

 

 

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