Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree

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The Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts degree, in the liberal arts or social sciences, especially in the fields of economics, education, English, foreign languages, political science, history, humanities, international relations, journalism, literature, philosophy, pre-law, psychology, religion and sociology. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria. 

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Program Requirements

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Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
Mathematics Electives
Foreign Language Electives
Literature Elective
Health or Physical Ed Elective
Social Science Electives
Science with Laboratory Electives
Humanities Electives

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Graduation Requirement

Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science w/Laboratory Electives can be found in the PDF icon 2019-2020 Liberal Arts Degree Requirements
  • Foreign Language Elective:  Students may test for advanced placement into the second year of some foreign languages.  However if a student places out of a level of foreign language, the student does not earn college credit for that particular level.
  • Literature Elective:  Choose one course from the following options:  ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 254, or 255.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program.

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

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Political Science