2022-2023 Course Catalog 
    Jun 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Course Catalog

Liberal Arts, (AA&S)

Program Info

Minimum credits: 61
Length: 2 years (4 semesters, if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.)

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business
Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462
Award: Associate in Arts & Science
Plan Code: 650 CIP Code: 24.0101

Transfer opportunities:

This degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university for any of the liberal arts. 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.

Program Description

The Associate of Arts and Sciences in Liberal Arts is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university to study any of the traditional liberal arts subjects. This degree may also be appropriate for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree program with certification to teach elementary or secondary English, humanities, or social sciences. 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 as admission requirements vary by institution.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • The critical thinking skills of synthesizing and analyzing complex ideas.
  • The role of ethics, cultures, and society.
  • And describe individual and group development and behavior; and
  • Competence in research methods and scientific inquiry.

Course Sequence

Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

  • MTH Approved Mathematics Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Focus Course II Credit Hours: 3 1
  • Natural Science course with lab Credit Hours: 4
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Semester

  • ENG Literature I Credit Hours: 3
  • HIS History Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3 2
  • Focus Course III Credit Hours: 3 1
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

  • ENG Literature II Credit Hours: 3
  • HIS History Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3 2
  • Focus Course IV Credit Hours: 3 1
  • HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective Credit Hours: 1 3

Total Credits: 13


1 A 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 -ART 102 , MUS 121 -MUS 122 , HIS 121 -HIS 122 -HIS 266-HIS 268, HLT 100 -HLT 116 -HLT 200-HLT 215, PHI 100, REL 200 -REL 210 -REL 230 , PSY 200 -PSY 215 -PSY 230 , ASL 101 -ASL 102 -ASL 201 -ASL 202 , SOC 200 -SOC 235 -SOC 236 , SPA 101 -SPA 102 -SPA 203 -SPA 204 
2 Students must complete a full year of social science courses by taking one of the following sequences: two courses in one of economics, political science, psychology or sociology.
3 This credit can be satisfied by a single 1 or more credit course in Health or Physical Educatio