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Associate in Arts Degree

Benefits of the Associate in Arts Degree for WCC Graduates? 

  • The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) enables Wilkes Community College graduates of Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science degree (AS) programs who are admitted to any of the institutions of The University of North Carolina to transfer with junior status. Many private colleges honor the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA), which is almost identical to  CAA.  College Transfer AA-AS
  • Wilkes Community College students who complete the AA or AS degree will be considered to have satisfied the UNC Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) for admission in effect at the time of their graduation from high school.  They will also be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower-division general education requirements of the receiving institution.
  • The AA and AS degrees are structured to include three components: Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC), General Education courses and Pre-major/Elective courses. These sets of courses prepare students for successful transfer into general education programs and selected majors at senior institutions. When possible, courses should be selected based on students' intended majors at specific transfer institutions. 
  • Community college graduates with the AA or AS degree who have earned 60 semester hours in approved transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 60 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to any college or university that honors the CAA or ICAA.  
  • Many of the requirements for admission to major programs can also be taken at WCC. Our College Transfer Advising Center (CTAC) helps students identify these requirements.  
  • WCC course tuition and student fees are substantially lower than four-year colleges and universities.  
  • WCC courses approved for transfer are taught by faculty with the same academic credentials as those required for university faculty. Our classes are also usually smaller and conveniently scheduled. 

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Associate In Arts Degree

AA Degree
… intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree in any major other than math, sciences, medicine, or engineering. The AA includes enough credit to transfer into a four-year college as a junior and to satisfy all the general education, non-major course requirements at the freshman and sophomore levels.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Associate In Arts Program will:

  • Written Communication
    WCC AA graduates will be able to compose clear, purposeful, well-supported, and organized writing, which exhibits effective use of critical thinking, research and documentation skills, editing skills, and word processing skills.
  • Oral Communication
    WCC AA graduates will be able to research, develop, organize and present an oral address appropriate to the target audience with supporting materials and effective delivery methods.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
    WCC AA graduates will demonstrate insight into their lives and the world in which they live, an awareness of diverse cultures and viewpoints, and an understanding of the potential to use what they have learned to be responsible citizens in their communities and beyond.
  • Math
    WCC AA graduates will be able to work independently and collaboratively to gather and organize data for the purpose of producing a mathematical model to offer solutions to real-life problems and communicate those solutions with appropriate quantitative language.
  • Science
    WCC AA graduates will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method and models.
  • Critical Thinking
    WCC AA graduates will engage in inquiry, pursue best information, examine underlying assumptions, and analyze multiple points of view in the contexts of writing, humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics, and science.
  • Computer Skills
    WCC AA graduates will acquire and practice technology skills appropriate for academic, work-related, and personal goals, including basic word processing and spreadsheet skills.

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Contact Information:

Blair Hancock
  Blair Hancock
Dean, Arts & Sciences
(336) 838-6230