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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 - A minimum of nine semester hours of credit.These composition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

  • ENC 1101 Freshman Composition I (3 cr) or
  • ENC 1101H Freshman Composition I - Honors (3 cr)
    AND
  • ENC 1102 Freshman Composition II (3 cr) or
  • ENC 1102H Freshman Composition II - Honors (3 cr)
    AND
  • SPC 1600 Fundamentals of Speech (3 cr) or
  • SPC 1600H Fundamentals of Speech - Honors (3 cr)
  • OR
  • SPC 1017 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr) or
  • SPC 1017H Interprsonal Communication-Honors (3cr)

AREA 2. HUMANITIES 9 Credits

Required Courses - A minimum of nine semester hours of credit.  Courses listed in AREA 2 (a) do NOT satisfy the Gordon Rule writing requirement.

(a) Complete one course from the list below or from Area 2 (b).

Architecture

  • ARC 2702 History of Architecture II (3 cr)

Art

  • ARH 1000 The Visual Arts Today (3 cr)
  • ARH 2050 Introduction to Art History I (3 cr)
  • ARH 2500 Non-Western Art history (3)

Film

  • ENG 2100 Introduction to Film (3 cr)

Humanities

  • HUM 1020 Introduction to Humanities (3 cr)
  • HUM 1020H Introducation to Humanities-Honors (3cr)

Music

  • MUL 1010 Music Appreciation (3 cr)
  • MUL 1017 History and Appreciation of Jazz and Rock (3cr)
  • MUT 1011C Introduction to Music Theory (4cr)
  • MUT 1111 Music Theory (3cr)

Philosophy

  • PHI 2010 Philosophy (3 cr)
  • PHI 2600 Ethics and Critical Thinking (3 cr)

Religion

  • REL 2000 Understanding Religious Traditions (3 cr)

Theater

  • THE 1020 Introduction to Theater (3 cr)
  • THE 1100 Introduction to Theater History (3 cr)

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PLUS:

(b) Complete two of the following courses, one of which must have an HUM prefix. These are Gordon Rule writing courses, and to apply toward the Gordon Rule,a course must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Each of these courses has a prerequisite of ENC 1101 Freshman Composition completed with a minimum grade of C.

Humanities

  • HUM 2220 Humanities - Greek and Roman (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2220H Humanities - Greek and Roman - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2223 Humanities - Late Roman and Medieval (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2223H Humanities - Late Roman and Medieval - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2232 Humanities - Renaissance and Baroque (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2232H Humanities - Renaissance and Baroque - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2234 Humanities - Enlightenment and Romanticism (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2234H Humanities - Enlightenment and Romanticism - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2250 Humanities - Twentieth Century (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2250H Humanities - Twentieth Century - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2310 Mythology (3 cr) or
  • HUM 2310H Mythology - Honors (3 cr)
  • HUM 2410 Asian Humanities (3 cr)
  • HUM 2454 African-American Humanities (3cr)
  • HUM 2461 Latin American Humanities (3 cr)

Architecture

  • ARC 1701 History of Architecture I (3cr)

Art

  • ARH 2051 Introduction to Art History I 3cr)
  • ARH 2051H Introduction to Art History II (3 cr)

History

  • EUH 2000* Western Civilization to 1750 (3 cr)
  • EUH 2001* Western Civilization 1750 to Present (3 cr)

Literature

  • AML 2011 American Literature: Colonial Period to Civil War (3 cr)
  • AML 2021 American Literature: Civil War to Present (3 cr) or
  • AML 2021H American Literature: Civil War to Present - Honors (3 cr)
  • ENL 2012 English Literature: 1300 to 1800 (3 cr)
  • ENL 2022 English Literature: 1800 to Present (3 cr)
  • LIT 2090 Contemporary Literature (3 cr) or
  • LIT 2090H Contemporary Literature - Honors (3 cr)
  • LIT 2110 World Literature: Beginning through Renaissance (3 cr)
  • LIT 2120 World Literature: Enlightenment to Present (3 cr) or
  • LIT 2120H World Literature: Enlightenment to Present - Honors (3 cr)
  • LIT 2174 Multimedia and the Holocaust (3 cr)

Music

  • MUL 1110 Music Literature (3 cr)

Political Science

  • INR 2002* International Politics (3 cr) or
  • INR 2002H* International Politics - Honors (3cr)

*EUH 2000, EUH 2001, INR 2002, and INR 2002H are Gordon Rule writing courses. Although these courses apply toward either Humanities or Social Sciences, the same course cannot apply toward both Humanities and Social Sciences.

AREA 3. MATHEMATICS 6 Credits

Required Courses - A minimum of six semester hours of credit. These are Gordon Rule mathematics courses, and apply toward the Gordon Rule requirement, a course must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

  • MAC 1105 College Algebra (3 cr)
  • MAC 1114 College Trigonometry (3 cr)
  • MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (3 cr)
  • MAC 1147 Precalculus (5 cr)
  • MAC 2233 Calculus for Business and Social Science (3 cr)
  • MAC 2311 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I (5 cr) or
  • MAC 2311H  Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I - Honors (5 cr)
  • MAC 2312 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II (5 cr) or
  • MAC 2312H Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II - Honors (5 cr)
  • MAC 2313 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III (4 cr)
  • MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3 cr)
  • MAS 2103 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3 cr) or
  • MAS 2103H Introduction to Linear Algebra - Honors (3 cr)
  • MGF 1106 College Mathematics (3 cr)
  • MGF 1107 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (3 cr)
  • MHF 2300 Logic and Proof in Mathematics (3 cr) or
  • STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3 cr) or
  • STA 2023H Statistical Methods - Honors (3 cr)

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AREA 4. SCIENCE 6 Credits

Required Courses - A minimum of six semester hours of credit.

Valencia does not require sciences with laboratories; 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, complete an education plan through Atlas.

  • AST 1002 Astronomy (3 cr) or
  • AST 1002H Astronomy - Honors (3 cr)
  • BOT 2010C Botany (4 cr)
  • BSC 1005 Biological Science (3 cr)
  • BSC 1005L Lab in Applied Biology (1 cr)
  • BSC 1005C Biological Science (4 cr)
  • BSC 1010C Fundamentals of Biology I (4 cr) or
  • BSC 1010H Fundamentals of Biology I - Honors (4 cr)
  • BSC 1011C Fundamentals of Biology II (4 cr) or
  • BSC 1011H Fundamentals of Biology II - Honors (4 cr)
  • BSC 1020 Human Biology (3cr)
  • BSC 1020C Human Biology (4cr)
  • BSC 1026 Biology of Human Sexuality ( 3 cr)
  • BSC 1050 Environmental Science (3 cr)
  • BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)
  • BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr)
  • CHM 1020 Chemistry in Everyday Life (3 cr)
  • CHM 1025C Introduction to General Chemistry (4 cr)
  • CHM 1045C Gen. Chemistry w/Qualitative Analysis I (4 cr) or
  • CHM 1045H Gen. Chemistry w/Qualitative Analysis I - Honors (4 cr)
  • CHM 1046C Gen. Chemistry w/Qualitative Analysis II (4 cr) or
  • CHM 1046H Gen. Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis II - Honors (4 cr)
  • CHM 1205C Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (4 cr)
  • CHM 2210C Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CHM 2211C Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • ESC 1000 Earth Sciences (3 cr)
  • GLY 2010C Physical Geology (4 cr)
  • GLY 2100C Historical Geology (4 cr) or
  • GLY 2100H Historical Geology - Honors (4 cr)
  • MCB 2010C Microbiology (4 cr)
  • MET 1010 Introduction to Meteorology (3 cr)
  • OCB 2010C Marine Biology (4 cr)
  • OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (3 cr)
  • PCB 1440 Florida Environmental Systems (3 cr)
  • PCB 1440H Florida Environmental Systems (3 cr)
  • PCB 2300C Aquatic Biology (3 cr)
  • PCB 2304 Natural History of Florida Rivers (1 cr)
  • PCB 2350 Neotropical Biology (3cr)
  • PHY 1007C Physics (4 cr)
  • PHY 1053C Introductory Physics I (4 cr)
  • PHY 1054C Introductory Physics II (4 cr)
  • PHY 2048C General Physics w/Calculus I (4 cr)
  • PHY 2049C General Physics w/Calculus II (4 cr)
  • PHY 2049H General Physics w/Calculus II-Honors (4cr)
  • PSC 1020C Fundamentals of Physical Science (4cr)
  • PSC 1101C Fundamentals of Physical Science (4 cr)
  • ZOO 2010C General Zoology (4 cr) or
  • ZOO 2010H General Zoology - Honors (4 cr)

AREA 5. SOCIAL SCIENCES 6 Credits

Required Courses - A minimum of six semester hours of credits including POS 2041 U.S. Government and another of the listed courses

  • POS 2041 U.S. Government (3 cr) or
  • POS 2041H U.S. Government - Honors (3 cr)

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • AFA 2000 African-American Experience (3 cr)
  • AMH 2010 United States History to 1877 (3 cr) or
  • AMH 2010H United States History to 1877 - Honors (3 cr)
  • AMH 2020 United States History 1877 to Present (3 cr) or
  • AMH 2020H United States History 1877 to Present - Honors (3 cr)
  • ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology (3 cr) or
  • ASL 2510 Deaf Culture (3cr) or
  • CLP 1001 Psychology of Adjustment (3cr) or
  • ECO 1000 Basic Economics (3 cr) or
  • ECO 2013 Principles of Economics-Macro (3 cr) or
  • ECO 2013H Principles of Economics-Macro - Honors (3 cr)
  • ECO 2023 Principles of Economics-Micro (3 cr) or
  • ECO 2023H Principles of Economics-Micro - Honors (3 cr)
  • EUH 2000* Western Civilization to 1750 (3 cr) or
  • EUH 2001* Western Civilization 1750 to Present (3 cr)
  • INR 2002* International Politics (3 cr) or
  • INR 2002H* International Politics - Honors (3 cr)
  • POS 2112 State and Local Government (3 cr)
  • PSY 1012 General Psychology (3 cr) or
  • PSY 1012H General Psychology - Honors (3 cr)
  • SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology (3 cr) or
  • SYG 2000H Introductory Sociology - Honors (3 cr)

    * EUH 2000, EUH 2001, INR 2002 and INR 2002H are Gordon Rule writing courses. Although these courses may apply toward either Humanities and Social Sciences, the same course cannot apply toward both Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

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 sequential high school instruction in one language other than English with a passing grade each year as documented on your official high school transcript or
  • You may successfully complete one of the following sequences in a single foreign language with a letter grade of "C"
    or better:

ARA 1120       Elementary Arabic I (4 cr)
ARA 1121       Elementary Arabic II (4 cr)

FRE 1120       Elementary French I (4 cr)
FRE 1121       Elementary French II (4 cr)

GER 1120       Elementary German I (4 cr)
GER 1121       Elementary German II (4 cr)

LAT  1120       Elementary Latin I (4 cr)
LAT  1121       Elementary Latin II (4 cr)

POR 1120       Elementary Portuguese I (4 cr)
POR 1121       Elementary Portuguese II (4cr)

SPN 1120       Elementary Spanish I (4 cr)
SPN 1121       Elementary Spanish II (4 cr)

SPN 1340       Spanish for Heritage Speakers (4)
SPN 1341       Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (4)

 

• If you have prior knowledge, you may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing foreign language course work at the Elementary II college level.

• 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.

• 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.

Students who earn college-level foreign language credits through course work or CLEP may apply these credits toward the 24 Elective credits. 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.

NOTE: 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.

ASL 2140 American Sign Language I (4 cr)
ASL 2150 American Sign Language II (4 cr)

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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