Graduation Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree
Responsibility for meeting the requirements for graduation
an Associate in Arts Degree rests with the student. To be
awarded an A.A. Degree from Valencia College a
student must do the following:
- Complete a minimum of 60 hours of acceptable college-level
credits of which a maximum of six elective credits may be in
music ensemble courses and/or physical education activity
courses; and a maximum of twelve credits may be in collegelevel
English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes
(EAP) courses; and a maximum of four credits may be in
internship courses; and a maximum of eight credits may be in
military science courses; and a maximum of 45 credits may be
in any combination of Advanced Placement (AP), College
Level Examination Program (CLEP), correspondence and
extension, credit by examination, DANTES, and experiential
- Complete the 36 credit hours of General Education described
in the A.A. Degree course requirements section.
- Complete the 24 credit hours of electives described in the
A.A. Degree course requirements section.
- Satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement
described in the A.A. Degree course requirements section.
- Satisfy entry assessment requirements and complete with a
grade of C or better all required college-preparatory courses
in reading, mathematics, and English.
- Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in:
Complete at Valencia at least 25% of the college-level credit
hours required for the degree.
Complete with a grade of C or better the courses which
satisfy the Gordon Rule requirements (6-A 10.30 Florida
- all course work attempted which applies toward the degree
- all course work attempted at Valencia.
Satisfy the College-Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP)
requirements by taking and passing the four components of
the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) after earning
at least 18 college-level credit hours including ENC 1101 and
ENC 1102 or their equivalents for a total of six credit hours
and a General Education Area 3 Mathematics course or
document satisfaction of the CLASP requirement by a State approved
File an application for graduation in the
Admissions/Records Office by the deadline date listed in the
College Calendar in this catalog.
Fulfill all financial obligations to Valencia.
- ENC 1101 or ENC 1101H
- ENC 1102 or ENC 1102H
- Two three-hour General Education Area 2(b) Humanities
courses-one of which has an HUM prefix and both of
which require 6,000 words of writing
- Six hours of General Education Area 3 Mathematics
- Your governing catalog is the Valencia College
Catalog in effect at the time of your initial enrollment in
credit courses at Valencia. A Valencia Catalog is valid for five
academic years. You may follow the policies and graduation
requirements in your governing catalog for the five academic
years except as may be otherwise provided by law or policies
of the District Board of Trustees. You may officially declare
any subsequent catalog as your governing catalog and follow
its requirements until its expiration; however, if your
governing catalog has expired, your graduation requirements
will be based on the catalog in effect at the time of your
A degree audit is a report that compares the courses you have
completed with the graduation requirements of a particular
program and lists which requirements are "met" and "not
met." You are encouraged to obtain an unofficial degree
audit in Atlas by using the "Degree Audit" function in the
Registration and Student Services list under the College
Services tab. You may request a degree audit for any degree
program or technical certificate at Valencia.
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. The
degree audit report will list the courses you have completed
by the various requirement areas and will indicate the courses
or the course attributes that are needed in areas that are "not
met." The degree and certificate program outlines in the
catalog and on this website contain attribute codes that allow
to compare the degree audit results with the program requirements
so that you can understand which courses you need in order to
complete the degree or technical certificate.
- You may earn only one Associate in Arts Degree, whether it is
in General Studies or is an Associate in Arts Pre-Major. (You
may earn any number of Associate in Applied Science and/or
Associate in Science Degrees.)
- You will not receive grade forgiveness for any course that
counts toward your degree and is repeated after you have
been awarded the degree from Valencia.
Karen Marie Borglum
Asst VP, Curriculum Dev & Art,
Curriculum & Articulation
Curriculum & Articulation