Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree • General Studies • Honors Program Transfer Plan

The A.A. degree prepares students for transfer as juniors to a Florida public university; however, students need to be aware of specific courses required for acceptance into most majors. With careful selection, these courses may be used as either general education requirements or as electives. The A.A. degree guarantees admission to a Florida public university but not necessarily to an upper division, limited access program which may have additional requirements.  

Students will take specific honors courses each semester and supplementing these with program prerequisites for the university. Students should select non-honors general education and elective courses to meet university program prerequisites which are detailed on other specific AA Transfer Plan pages.

For more information about the LSSC Honors Program, please contact the Honors Program Coordinator Ms. Amber Karlins at or visit the LSSC Honors Program catalog page.  

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses

Area I: Communications

ENC 1101College Composition I

3 Credits

SPC 2608HPublic Speaking Honors

3 Credits


ENC 1102Composition: Literature

3 Credits


ENC 2210Technical & Professional Writing

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Area II: Humanities

THE 1000HTheater Appreciation Honors

3 Credits

LIT 2000HIntroduction to Literature Honors

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area III: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Select one course from the list and POS 2041H.

See Choices Social & Behavioral Sciences General Education

3 Credits

POS 2041HAmerican National Government Honors

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area IV: Mathematics

Select one course from the list and STA 2023H.

See Choices Mathematics General Education

3 Credits

STA 2023HElementary Statistics I Honors

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area V: Natural Sciences

Select one course from the list and Honors PHY 1020C.

See Choices Natural Sciences General Education

3 Credits

PHY 1020CHConceptual Physics Honors

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area VI: Personal Growth and Development

SLS 1501HHonors Seminar

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Program Electives

Choose 21 credits, which may include Writing Emphasis courses and Foreign Language AA graduation requirements, in addition to the following honors courses.  Please examine specific AA Transfer Plans for course requirements that may used as electives.  

IDH 2911HCornerstone: Honors Research Process

1 Credit

IDH 2912HCapstone: The Honors Project

2 Credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 60

Financial Aid 

Any course taken above the minimum credit hours required for the AA degree (60 credit hours) may not be covered by financial aid. Only required courses for an LSSC degree or qualifying certificate program are eligible for federal financial aid.  Verify course choices and avoid charges by making an appointment with an academic advisor.

Writing Emphasis or "Gordon Rule" Requirement

In addition to the two required Area I: Communications courses, A.A. students must select two additional courses from the list below to complete the remaining 6 credit hours of the 12 credit hour Writing Emphasis or "Gordon Rule" Writing (GRW) requirement. Courses used toward the satisfaction of this 12 credit hour Writing Emphasis (GRW) requirement must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Writing Emphasis Courses

Foreign Language Requirement

All AA degree seeking students must satisfy the foreign language requirement prior to graduation by:

Option 1) Completed and passed two years of one language in high school.


Option 2) Complete and pass the second course of one foreign language sequence at the college level


Option 3) Take a CLEP exam and submit qualifying test scores

Any credit hours obtained at the college level may be included in the Program Electives component of the AA degree.

Civic Literacy Requirement

All first-time-in-college AA degree seeking students entering in 2018-19 and thereafter must demonstrate civic literacy through successfully passing POS 2041 or AMH 2020; scoring a 3 or higher on the AP Government & Politics test; scoring a 4 or higher on the AP U.S. History test; or scoring a 50 or higher on the CLEP American Government  test.

LSSC Residency Requirement

Students must complete 25% of the AA degree's total credits (15 credit hours) at LSSC to qualify for graduation.

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