General Studies

Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree

If you’re planning on getting a bachelor’s degree, then the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is for you. It’s equivalent to the first two years at a state university. The only difference? At about half the cost, an Associate’s degree is a much more affordable way to start out. And when you’re finished at Valencia College, you’ll be prepared to transfer to a four-year university as a junior, including the University of Central Florida, which guarantees admission through DirectConnect to UCF®.


The general studies A.A. provides a basic liberal arts education, with courses focused in five key areas: communications, humanities, mathematics, science and social science. It also includes plenty of elective courses (courses you choose) so that you can focus your studies toward a specific major or simply explore subjects that interest you.

Degree Pathways

If you already have an intended university major, you can start preparing for it by following a Valencia College Degree Pathway. It will serve as a guide for which courses to take in order start fulfilling the prerequisites that you’ll need.

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Programs & Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree Pathway

Some pre-majors are based upon articulation agreements with specific universities. They are designed for students to transfer to a particular public or private university as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in a specific major. For more information, visit Articulation Agreements for Degree Pathways.

Associate in Arts Degree Pathway

Degree Pathways are designed to prepare students to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior. The courses listed in the plans are the common prerequisites required for the degree. They are placed within the general education requirements and/or the elective credits. Specific universities may have additional requirements, so it is best check your transfer institution catalog and meet with a Valencia College advisor.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education provides non-degree, non-credit programs including industry-focused training, professional development, language courses, certifications and custom course development for organizations. Day, evening, weekend and online learning opportunities are available.