Shannon Hahn
Phillips (Building 3), Room 105D
919-536-7200, ext. 8019

* This program is financial aid eligible.
* This program can be completed online.

Associate in Arts

Long Term

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares students to successfully transfer to four-year institutions and then enter a wide variety of careers including administration, counseling, law, research, and some healthcare fields. The degree consists of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses.The emphasis is on courses such as business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

Courses in the Associate in Arts degree are approved for transfer to all UNC System universities through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and most North Carolina independent colleges and universities through the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA). These agreements allow students to transfer all courses earned with a C or higher to the four-year university. Students who complete the degree with a C or higher in each class and a 2.0 or higher GPA transfer with junior status and are considered to have met all general education requirements at the transfer university.

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus, OCC, Online

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)

University Transfer

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“The Associate of Arts Program has opened many doors for me, vastly expanded my knowledge, and opened my eyes to new and interesting aspects of the world. I have developed skills, made great friends, and built connections that will benefit me throughout my career. It is an experience I'll remember forever.”

—Jenai Johnson