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The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) is designed for students who plan to transfer to a Florida public four-year institution as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree program. The A.A. degree provides the courses of study equivalent to those offered in the freshman and sophomore years at Florida’s state colleges and universities. The A.A. degree requirements consist of 36 credit hours of general education and 24 credit hours of electives. Each student should choose elective courses that are required for admission to the student’s intended program of study/major at the desired college or university.
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General Education Requirements
General education is the core preparation for lifelong learning. It fosters an intellectual curiosity that leads to exploration of the foundations and range of knowledge in the arts and sciences. The general education program encourages academic excellence, respect for self and others, the free exchange of ideas and responsibility to the community.
It is expected that every general education course at TCC will promote a learning environment in which students are afforded opportunities to participate actively in their learning. This is achieved through processes such as the following:
- The use of reading, writing, listening, speaking and/or other forms of self-expression
- Information gathering, synthesis and analysis for solving problems and in critical thinking (including the use of the library, electronic/computer and other resources, and quantitative reasoning and interpretation, as applicable)
- Engagement in cooperative learning, teamwork and/or use of collaboration as a problem-solving tool
- Participation in course projects, laboratory exercises and/ or service learning projects
- Class discussions
Associate in Arts General Education Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate effective reading and writing skills by using appropriate strategies for a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences.
Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
- Students will identify and apply appropriate quantitative analytical methods to explain phenomena and generate effective solutions.
- Students will apply critical and creative thinking skills to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas.
Global and Social Diversity
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives and their influence on individual, social, historical, and political events or on cultural expression.
- Students will demonstrate effective information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and effectively and ethically using information to achieve an academic or professional purpose.
General Education Requirements for Associate in Arts Degree (36 Credit Hours)
1. Communications–6 semester hours
B. Three hours minimum selected from the following:
To satisfy the requirement of State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, students must complete six hours in Communications with a grade of “C” or better and produce multiple writing assignments in each of the courses.
2. Humanities–6 semester hours
Prerequisite: completion of the six-hour General Education Communications requirement.
Select option A, B or C:
A. Humanities of the World
C. Six hours minimum selected from two of the following categories:
To satisfy the requirement of State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, students must complete six hours in Humanities with a grade of “C” or better and produce multiple writing assignments in each of the courses.
3. Mathematics–6 semester hours
Students may choose two of the following four courses:
May use any two of the following for general education math credit, provided they have earned C or better in the appropriate prerequisite courses or have an appropriate score on the College Level Math (CLM) placement test:
To satisfy the requirements of State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, students must complete six hours in Mathematics with a grade of “C” or better.
4. Sciences–6 semester hours
Six hours minimum selected from two of the following categories:
Category A (Biological Sciences)
Category B (Earth Sciences)
Category C (Physical Sciences)
Students pursuing a preprofessional program of study may be considered for a waiver of the general education science distribution requirement under the following condition: that the upper division prerequisite requires completion of two sequence courses in the same category (e.g., CHM1045 -CHM1046 and PHY2048 -PHY2049 ). For further information, contact Admissions and Enrollment Services.
5. History and Social Science–12 semester hours
Category A (History)
A minimum of six hours selected from one of the following sequences:
Category B (Social Science)
A minimum of three hours selected from the following:
Category C (Personal Development)
A minimum of three hours selected from the following:
Additional Requirements for Associate in Arts Degree
A. Electives–24 semester hours
In addition to the general education requirements listed above (36 semester hours), students must complete 24 semester hours of elective coursework appropriate to the A.A. degree. A total of 60 credit hours is required for the A.A. degree.
A maximum of two semester hours of credit in physical education activity courses, including dance courses, may be allowed toward the 60 semester hours required for graduation. This limitation does not include non-activity courses. A total of four semester hours of credit in music organization and music activity courses may be allowed.
Other courses that do not provide credit toward the A.A. degree include a statement to that effect in their course description. Course descriptions may be viewed in the Course Information section of this catalog.
B. Instruction in the U.S. Constitution
This requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing any one of the following courses:
C. Sequential foreign language instruction
Effective August 1, 1989, two credits of a sequential foreign language at the high school level or equivalent instruction at the postsecondary or college level is required for admission to the upper division.
- Students who have successfully completed two years of a sequential foreign language at the high school level have met this university admission requirement.
- Students who have not successfully completed two years of a sequential foreign language at the high school level should satisfy this requirement by taking two sequential semesters of a foreign language at the college level.
- Students who have not met this requirement at either the high school level or the college level may not be admitted to upper division institutions, such as Florida State University. Students must check the foreign language admission requirements of the university they wish to attend and complete those admission requirements.
Students who successfully completed two years of one sequential foreign language at the high school level and who wish to take the intermediate level of the same language at TCC to meet the requirements of their major at the university should contact the Communications and Humanities Division at 201-6070 for further information.
D. Competency in the use of computers
This requirement may be satisfied through one of the following options:
- Satisfactory completion of a high school or vocational computer course
- Satisfactory completion of an approved college computer course
- Satisfactory completion of a TCC course that includes computer-related skills
- Satisfactory completion of an exemption or proficiency examination