Liberal Arts - Associate in Arts & Science

This program includes a broad range of courses in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and health and physical education. Students have sufficient flexibility to select courses appropriate to the requirements of their intended transfer institution. Students should complete a DCC program comparable to the first two years of the program at the transfer institution.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  2. Critical thinking skills of synthesizing/analyzing complex ideas.
  3. Awareness and understanding of ethics, cultures, and society.
  4. Understanding of individual & group development & behavior.
  5. Understanding of and competence in research methods and scientific inquiry.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 61

Length: 2 years (4 semesters), if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Transfer Opportunities:This degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university for any of the liberal arts. It is also appropriate for students who plan to transfer into a bachelor 's degree program with certification to teach English, humanities, or social sciences. Admission requirements vary by institution. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the college to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor. To learn more, visit dcc.vccs.edu/transfer

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462

Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3 3
MTH 161 Precalculus I 3 0 3 3
1Focus Course I 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab 3 3 6 4
Approved Computer Elective 3 0 3 3
Total 16 3 19 17
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3 3
MTH Approved Mathematics Course 3 0 3 3
1Focus Course II 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab 3 0 3 3
Humanities or Social Science 3 3 6 4
Total 15 3 18 16
Third Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ENG 241/243/253 Literature I 3 0 3 3
HIS History Elective 3 0 3 3
SOC 2Social Science Requirement 3 0 3 3
1Focus Course III 3 0 3 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 3 6 4
Total 15 0 15 15
Fourth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ENG 242/244/254 Literature II 3 0 3 3
HIS History Elective 3 0 3 3
SOC 2Social Science Requirement 3 0 3 3
1Focus Course IV 3 0 3 3
HLT/PED 3Approved Wellness Elective 1 0 1 1
Total 13 10 13 13

1A sequence of four Focus Courses must be selected by the student and approved by the academic advisor. Focus Courses should be related to each other and should also be accepted in transfer to the four-year program of the student's choice. Examples of Focus Course sequences include: ART 101-102, MUS 121-122, HIS 121-122-266-268, HLT 100-116-200-215, PHI 100, REL 200-210-230, PSY 201-202-215-230, ASL 101-102-201-202, SOC 201-202-235-236, SPA 101-102-203-204

2Students must complete a full year of social science courses by taking one of the following sequences:
ECO 201 & ECO 202; PLS 211 & PLS 212; SOC 201 & SOC 202; SOC 200 & one sophomore-level sociology course excluding SOC 201 & 202; PSY 201 & PSY 202; or PSY 200 & one sophomore-level psychology course excluding PSY 201 & 202. Courses used to complete the social science requirement will not count as Focus Courses. (PLS 241 & PLS 242 may substitute for PLS 211 & PLS 212).

3This credit can be satisfied by a 1 or more credit course in Health, Physical Education, or Recreation.