Program Coordinator: Carmen Verges, ISC 101B, Ext. 2480
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Liberal Arts is a degree for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program, usually the Bachelor of Arts Degree. This curriculum is designed for students who wish to complete their foreign language requirement while at VHCC. Liberal Arts is a major especially appropriate for those who are planning careers in law, college teaching, in the humanities, and social sciences. This program provides a solid general core for transfer to those students who are undecided regarding their majors at four-year institutions, or who must meet a foreign language requirement at their four-year college.
Pre-Law, Music, Journalism, Religion, Communications, Foreign Language Careers, Psychology, Undecided Majors,Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree program with a major in Liberal Arts requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of history. The remaining units are elective courses, but at least two units of a foreign language are recommended. Students are urged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer to determine the proper mathematics courses to be taken in the community college. Students who do not meet these requirements may be permitted to correct their deficiencies in the Developmental Program. Those students who meet the specific requirements for this degree program but are deficient in basic skills and understandings in English and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses.
Program Requirements: This curriculum consists of courses in the humanities including a foreign language, natural sciences, and social sciences usually required in the first two years of a baccalaureate liberal arts curriculum. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated; and further, to consult with their counselors or advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives. In order to help prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year institution, the student usually must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four-year institution. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program described, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Liberal Arts.
First Semester (Fall)
Orientation to College Success
College Composition I
History 101, 111 or 121
2*Foreign Language (SPA 101 or FRE 101)
1*Social Science Elective
Second Semester (Spring)
College Composition II
History 102, 112 or 122
2*Foreign Language (SPA 102 or FRE 102)
Third Semester (Fall)
1*Literature or 1*Humanities Elective
Foreign Language (SPA 201 or FRE 201)
1*Science (BIO, CHM, GOL, or PHY)
ITE 100, 115 or
4*Intro. to Information Systems,
Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts
or Information Literacy
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Foreign Language (SPA 202 or FRE 202)
Principles of Public Speaking
Total Minimum Credits for AA&S Degree............................61
Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated; and further, to consult with their counselors or advisor at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives.
The above semester-by semester sequencing of courses may be modified when necessary. Please refer to the Program Choices section of this Catalog for a discussion of factors, which affect planning and sequencing programs of study.
1. Students may choose from a broad spectrum of college transfer courses listed in the Transfer Reference General Education Core Curriculum. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the courses required in their selected major at the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. MTH 146 may be used to satisfy the math requirement for this degree.
2. Students who have successfully completed two years of foreign language or more in high school may enroll in intermediate foreign language (200 level courses) at Virginia Highlands Community College. Students receiving advanced placement as stated above and who successfully complete both 201-202 foreign language courses with a C or better, will be awarded first-year foreign language credit (101-102) provided they are Liberal Arts majors and need the credits for graduation.
3. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for Physical Education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general education core.
4. Keyboarding skills highly recommended.
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