The Associate in Arts degree program is a college transfer program, paralleling the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year college or university, for students who want to pursue four-year degrees in areas of study such as English, history, education, psychology, the social sciences, or professional programs that require a strong across-the-board academic background. During the first two years of college, students pursue a program of general education coursework in the area of communications, computer information systems, humanities, fine arts, mathematics, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.
These general education courses enable students to gain a well-rounded education before going on to four-year institutions where they will take courses in their major disciplines to complete baccalaureate degrees. Courses in this program have approval for transfer for general education purposes to any of the 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, as noted above.
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