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.

2018–2019 AA Plan of Study

Old plans: 2017–2018, 2016–2017

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 above 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. ACA 122 is required for graduation; students are advised to take ACA 122 in their first semester at Durham Tech to create a suitable plan of study.

2018 – 2019 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 096-098) 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 096-098) 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 096-098) 3    
Choose from ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, SOC 210 (Prereqs: ECO 251 & 252-DRE 096-098 & DMA 010-050; others-DRE 096-098) 3    
Choose a third course from Social/Behavioral Sciences listed above.) 3    
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171 (Prereq: MAT 143 & 152-DRE 096-098 & DMA 010-050; MAT 171-DMA 010-080) 3-4    
Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Choose from AST 151/151A, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/110A (Prereq: All-DRE 096-098; PHY 110-DMA 010-030; AST 151 & GEL 111-DMA 010-050; BIO 111-DMA 010-060; CHM 151-010-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 096-098; 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, MAT 271, MAT 272, MAT 273 (Prereqs: MAT 143 & MAT 152-DMA 010-050; MAT 171-DMA 010-080; 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 230, PHY 110/110A, PHY 151, PHY 152, PHY 251, PHY 252 (Prereq: DMA 010-050; For second course in sequence, first course is prerequisite) 4    
Additional Course Select from any course above or from the following: ANT 210, ANT 220, ARA 211, ARA 212, ART 116, ART 117, ASL 211, CIS 110, COM 120, DRA 111, DRA 122, FRE 211, GEO 111, GER 211, HIS 121, HIS 122, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 150, HUM 160, POL 220, PSY 241, PSY 281, REL 110, REL 211, 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 096-098) 0-3    
Language Labs 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) Select from any course above or from the following: ACC 120, ACC 121, ART 121, ART 122, ART 131, ART 132, ART 135, ART 171, ART 240, ART 244, ART 281, BIO 155, BIO 163, BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 250, BIO 271, BIO 275, BIO 280, BUS 110, BUS 115, BUS 137, CHM 251, CHM 252, CHM 271, CJC 111, CJC 121, CJC 141, CSC 134, CSC 151, COM 150, DRA 170, DFT 170, EGR 150, EGR 220, ENG 273, GIS 111, HEA 110, HEA 112, HUM 180, JOU 216, JOU 217, MAT 285, MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, PED 110, PSY 259, SPA 221, SPA 231, WBL 111*, WBL 121* (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 PHY 151 and 251 and PHY 152 and PHY 252. Students may use only one PED course toward satisfying Other Required Hours. WBL 111 and WBL 121 are not transferable courses; therefore, students who elect to take WBL will need to graduate with 61 hours. Whenever a DMA prerequisite is listed, all preceding DMAs must also be completed..