Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

(For students planning to transfer to a four-year institution or entering a bachelor's program at CF after completing two years of studies)

Since Aug. 1, 1989, universities in the state of Florida have required that all undergraduate transfer students admitted have two high school academic units in a single foreign language or the equivalent. The equivalent is interpreted as 8–10 semester hours of the same foreign language taken at college level. Many universities now have this as an entry requirement.

In addition to the General Education Common Core requirements noted previously, Associate in Arts students must:

  1. Complete at least 60 credit hours, all of which must be transferable academic work exclusive of occupational courses and wellness/fitness courses, unless required in program. (15 credits General Education Common Core, 21 or 22 credits General Education requirements, 24 credits General Education electives). Note: A.A. degree-seeking students who plan to transfer to a four-year program should be aware that a D grade may not transfer to the institution of their choice.
  2. Achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0, C, in all college work and at CF.
  3. Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence at CF (minimum 25 percent of semester hours) and attend during the semester that the degree is earned.
  4. To satisfy F.A.C. Rule 6A-10.30 (the Gordon Rule), complete with a grade of C in designated Gordon Rule classes (noted within Course Descriptions for applicable courses).
  5. To satisfy F.A.C. Rule 6A-10.30 (the Gordon Rule), complete six semester credit hours of mathematics at the level of MAC 1105 College Algebra or MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I or higher. This rule is met when students complete, with a grade of C or better, six or more hours from the courses listed in the mathematics section of the General Education course requirements.
  6. Complete 24 credit hours of elective courses, which include the required prerequisites for degree programs at the university. See Enrollment Services for articulation sheets for each program of study. Elective courses should be determined by the student’s area of interest and the requirements of the four-year college to which the student plans to transfer. It is recommended that the student complete eight semester hours in a foreign language, American Sign Language, or appropriate CLEP exam, if the student has not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school. Students seeking admission to the Florida State University System must have completed two years of foreign language at the high school level or two courses (eight credit hours) at the college level. Students enrolled in foreign language courses at CF must earn a grade of C or better before advancing to the next level.

    Note: American Sign Language may satisfy the entrance requirement, but not the exit requirement, for most universities. Check with the college or university you plan to attend to determine acceptability.
  7. Effective fall 2005, competency in the use of computers is a requirement for all degree-seeking students. This requirement may be satisfied through one of the following options:
    • satisfactory completion of an approved college computer course, within the past five years
    • satisfactory completion of a proficiency examination.

Students are strongly recommended to meet the computer competency requirement through one of the options listed above prior to the completion of 24 college level credit hours.

Credit courses that meet the computer competency requirement are:

CET 1171

Introduction to Computer Technology (Occupational Course)

CGS 1100

Microcomputer Applications

CGS 1062H

Computers in Society — Honors

CGS 2930

Special Topics in Computers — Introduction to Computer Skills sections only

EME 2040

Introduction to Educational Technology

OST 1100

Introduction to Word

Students wishing to take the computer competency proficiency exam may contact the Assessment and Testing Center, Bryant Student Union, Room 205.

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the computer competency requirement for students in Heath Sciences programs:

DEA 1856

Clinic III Seminar

EMS 2658

Paramedic Clinical Experience III

NUR 2713C

Nursing IVA

NUR 2734C

Nursing IV

PHT 2931

Trends in Physical Therapy

RTE 2623

Radiation Physics II (as offered by CTAE)


Area of Interest: Education

Students planning to study education in the State University System must complete, as a prerequisite for admission, ACT or SAT and three education courses:

EDF 2005

Introduction to the Teaching Profession

EDF 2085

Introduction to Diversity for Educators

EME 2040

Introduction to Technology for Educators

A minimum of 15 hours of supervised volunteer field experience in a school setting is required for EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession and EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators.

Students interested in the education field should contact the teacher education advisor at the CF University Center, 854-2322, ext. 1620.

An additional six hours of courses with an international or diversity focus are also required. The courses meeting this international/diversity requirement for this and other areas of interest are:

Gordon Rule/General Education/Diversity Courses

ANT 2000

Introduction to Anthropology

CGS 1062H

Computers in Society — Honors

ECO 2013

Principles of Economics — Macro

ENL 2000H

Honors English Literature

ENL 2012

English Literature I

ENL 2022

English Literature II

GEA 2000

World Geography

FIL 2000

Film: The History and Aesthetics of Cinema

HIS 2955

Studies Abroad in Civilization

HUM 2310

Mythology in Religion, Art, Literature and Music

HUM 2310H

Honors Mythological Symbolism in Art, Philosophy and Religion

HUM 2418

Islamic Civilization

HUM 2930

Spanish Culture and Civilization

LIT 2110

World Literature I

LIT 2120

World Literature II

LIT 2330

Introduction to Children’s Literature

REL 2300

Comparative Religions

WST 2010

Introduction to Women’s Studies

General Diversity Electives (Non-Gordon Rule)

AMH 2091

Introduction to African-American History

ANT 2140

Introduction to Archaeology

ANT 2310

American Indian Cultures

HUM 2520

Music in the Humanities

INR 2002

International Relations

LAH 2020

Introduction to Latin American Civilization

LIN 2740

Applied Linguistics

WOH 2012

World Civilizations I

WOH 2022

World Civilizations II