Benefits of the Associate in Arts Degree for WCC Graduates

  • The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is intended for students who want to transfer to a four-year university or college and major in disciplines such as liberal arts, public service, education, nursing, business, fine arts, communication, and social work.
  • The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) enables Wilkes Community College graduates of the Associate in Arts (AA) program 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 the CAA.
  • Wilkes Community College students who complete the AA 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 degree is 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. Courses should be selected based on students’ intended majors at specific transfer institutions.
  • Community college graduates with the AA 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 Wilkes Community College. ACA 122 – College Transfer Success, helps students identify course choices that are aligned with their intended major. All AA students should take ACA 122 in their first semester.
  • Wilkes Community College course tuition and student fees are substantially lower than four-year colleges and universities.
  • Wilkes Community College 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.

Program Information

Associate in Arts Degree
Choose this path if you 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
for Graduates of the WCC Associate in Arts (AA) Program

  • 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.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    WCC AA graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically about diverse perspectives.
  • 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.
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Contact Information

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Darrell Finney, MA
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 336-838-6187
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