Associate in Arts Degree

drama class The Associate in Arts (AA) is a two-year degree with an emphasis on courses such as English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

2016 – 2017 AA Plan of Study

Old plans: 2013, 2014, 2015

Course Descriptions

Students who have already selected the intended major for their college degree should consult the more specific Course Selection Guides.


The following plan of study is the standard curriculum for the program. Any deviation from the prescribed curriculum must have advance approval. All prerequisite course requirements must also be met. To graduate the student must successfully complete all the required courses and the required credit hours for electives and have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average. Prerequisite courses to a subsequent course must be passed with a C or better. A grade of D will not count for transfer. This plan of study is subject to change when the college thinks such action is in the best interest of the student or the program. It is the responsibility of the student to meet requirements for graduation. Students are advised to take ACA 122 in their first semester at Durham Tech to create a suitable plan of study.

2016 – 2017 Associate in Arts Degree (A10100)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC: 31-32 SHC)*
*All General Education Transfer Component Courses will transfer for equivalency credit.
Course SHC SEM Grade
English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry (Prereq: DRE 098; Coreq: ACA 122) 3    
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines (Prereq: ENG 111) 3    
Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)
Choose from ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, COM 231, MUS 110, MUS 112 (Prereq: DRE 098) 3    
Choose from PHI 215, PHI 240 (Prereq: ENG 111) 3    
Choose from ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242 (Prereq: ENG 112) 3    
Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)
Choose from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132 (Prereq: DRE 098) 3    
Choose from ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, SOC 210 (Prereqs: ECO 251 & 252-DRE 098 & DMA 050; others-DRE 098) 3    
Choose a third course from Social/Behavioral Sciences listed above.) 3    
Mathematics (4 SHC)
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172 (Prereq: MAT 143 & 152-DRE 098 & DMA 050; MAT 171-DMA 080; MAT 172-MAT 171) 3-4    
Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Choose from AST 151/151A, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/110A (Prereq: All-DRE 098; PHY 110-DMA 030; AST 151 & GEL 111-DMA 050; BIO 111-DMA 060; CHM 151-DMA 080) 4    
Total UGETC SHC Completed:      

All students must demonstrate computer competency to graduate. That competency may be demonstrated by a satisfactory score on the computer competency test or by completing CIS 110 or CSC 151.


Additional General Education Hours (13-14 SHC)
Subject Course SHC SEM Grade
Foreign Language Take at the 112-level or higher. Choose from ARA, ASL, FRE, GER, or SPA. (Students who receive a Foreign Language requirement waiver must take an additional Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science course. Students are advised to check the Foreign Language graduation requirement for their intended transfer institution.)
(Prereq: DRE 098; the same language at the 111-level or placement into 112 or higher)
3    
2nd Math Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 263 (Prereqs: MAT 143 & MAT 152-DMA 050; MAT 171-DMA 080; MAT 172 & 263-MAT 171) 3-4    
2nd Natural Science Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 113, GEL 230, PHY 110/110A (Prereq: DMA 050; For second course in sequence, first course is prerequisite) 4    
Additional Course Select from courses on the first page or from ANT 210, ANT 220, ARA 211, ART 116, ART 117, ASL 211, CIS 110, DRA 111, ENG 233, ENG 243, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 261, ENG 262, FRE 211, GEO 111, GER 211, HIS 121, HIS 122, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 150, HUM 160, HUM 212, MAT 271, MAT 272, MAT 273, MUS 113, PHY151, PHY 152, PHY 251, PHY 252, POL 220, PSY 237, PSY 241, PSY 281, REL 110, REL 211, SOC 213, SOC 220, SOC 225, SPA 211, SPA 212 (Prerequisites vary; consult with advisor or check course descriptions) 3-4    

Other Required Hours (15 SHC)
(Student should consult with his or her advisor to complete, based on the requirements of the selected receiving institution and the student’s intended major.)
Subject Course SHC SEM Grade
ACA 122 College Transfer Success Course (Prereq: None. This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.) 1    
Foreign Language 111-level if student has not met the prerequisite for the 112-level (Prereq: DRE 098) 0-3    
Foreign Languagee Lab credits for sections 181 and/or 182 may be counted here (Coreq: Labs must be taken with corresponding lectures 111 or 112) 0-2    
Additional Course(s) Choose from any course listed above or ACC 120, ACC 121, ARA 211, ART 121, ART 122, ART 131, ART 132, ART 135, ART 171, ART 240, ART 241, ART 244, ART 281, BIO 155, BIO 163, BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 250, BIO 271, BIO 275, BIO 280, BUS 110, BUS 115, CHM 130/130A, CHM 251, CHM 252, CHM 271, CJC 111, CJC 141, CSC 139, CSC 151, COM 120, COM 150, DRA 122, DRA 170, DFT 170, EGR 150, EGR 220, ENG 271, ENG 272, ENG 273, GIS 111, HEA 110, HEA 112, HUM 180, JOU 110, JOU 216, JOU 217, MAT 285, MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, PED 110, PED 120, PED 121, SPA 221, SPA 231 (Prerequisites vary; consult with advisor or check course descriptions)      
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Total Associate in Arts SHC Completed (Minimum 60 SHC):      

Notes: Students may not receive credit for both MAT 263 and MAT 271; for both BIO 163 and BIO 168; or for both CHM 130/130A and CHM 151. Students may use only one PED course toward satisfying Other Required Hours. Whenever a DMA prerequisite is listed, all preceding DMAs must also be completed.