Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree • General Studies • Journalism and Mass Communications 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.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses

Area I: Communications

ENC 1101College Composition I

3 Credits

ENC 1102Composition: Literature

3 Credits

SPC 2608Public Speaking

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Area II: Humanities

Select one course from each list.
See Choices Humanities State Core

3 Credits

See Choices Humanities General Education

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area III: Social/Behavioral Sciences

AMH 2020U.S. History Since 1877

3 Credits

POS 2041American National Government

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area IV: Mathematics

Select one course from each list.
See Choices Mathematics General Education

3 Credits

See Choices Mathematics General Education

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area V: Natural Sciences

Select one course from each list.
See Choices Natural Sciences State Core

3 Credits

See Choices Natural Sciences General Education

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Area VI: Personal Growth and Development

Select one 3 credit hour course from the following list.
CGS 1100Business Computer Applications

3 Credits

CRW 2000Creative Writing I

3 Credits

HUN 1201Nutrition with Diet Therapy

3 Credits

See Choices Select any first level Foreign Language course

4 credits

See Choices Select any SLS course

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Program Courses

AMH 2010U.S. History to 1877

3 Credits

INR 2002International Relations

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Program Electives

Choose 12 credits, which may include the Writing Emphasis courses and Foreign Language AA graduation requirements in addition to these recommended electives.

MMC 1000Introduction to Mass Communication

3 Credits

MMC 2100Writing for the Mass Media

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

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"

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.

OR

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

OR 

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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