General Requirements (AA, AAT, and AS degrees)

General Requirements

 
 
 
 
 
 

To be eligible for an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

  • Complete 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 42 hours of required core courses (note: some specialized AA plans may not contain the full core curriculum in lieu of university major requirements) and 18 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 42 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 42 hours of required core courses (note: some specialized AS plans may not contain the full core curriculum in lieu of university major requirements) plus 6 additional hours of mathematics, 4 additional hours of natural science, and 8 additional hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.
  • Complete a minimum of 15-18 semester hours (i.e. 25% of the award) toward the degree in the Houston Community College System. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam or through prior learning experience credit.
  • Have an overall 2.0 HCC grade point average.
  • Satisfy TSI requirements.
  • Resolve all financial obligations and return all College materials, including library books, to HCC prior to graduation.

Since the fall 2000 semester, HCC awards academic certificates for the following benchmarks of achievement:

  • Certificate of Completion of the AA/AAT/AS Core Curriculum. To receive the Certificate of Completion for the AA/AAT/AS core curriculum, a student must complete 42 SCH of required course work in the following areas*:
  • Communication - 6 hrs
  • Mathematics - 3 hrs
  • Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hrs
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 hrs
  • Creative Arts - 3 hrs
  • American History - 6 hrs
  • Government/Political Science - 6 hrs
  • Social/Behavioral Science - 3 hrs
  • Component Area Option – 6 hrs
  • Certificate of Completion of Developmental Education
  • Certificate of Completion of the Intensive English (ESOL) Program

Core Curriculum

 
 
 
 
 
 

All AA, AAT, AAS and AS students are required to take at least some core curriculum courses. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), these courses will help Texas Students develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. The THECB has approved a 42 semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum for Texas public institutions of higher education. In accordance with THECB rules, HCC’s core curriculum adheres to the Statement of Purpose that can be seen below. The core, as a whole, contains instruction in six core objectives (explained below).

If a student successfully completes the 42-hour core curriculum at HCC, that block of courses must be substituted for a receiving institution’s core curriculum when a student transfers. A student will receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred and may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution, unless the receiving institution has a larger core. Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum will receive academic credit in the core curriculum of the receiving institution for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed in the core curriculum of the sending institution.

Core Curriculum Statement of Purpose
Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning

Core objectives

The core objectives are competencies and skills important to all students no matter which degree or certificate is being sought. Instruction in the core objectives described below is woven into the core curriculum. The THECB has stipulated that every course in the core will teach critical thinking and communication skills. The other four objectives may be found scattered through the courses within each Foundational Component Area as the THECB requires.

  • Critical Thinking Skills– creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills– effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills– manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork– ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility – intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility – ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Foundational Component Areas

There are nine Foundational Component Areas within the Core Curriculum. Each component area is described below.
The numbers that follow the name of each of the Foundational Component Areas below indicate the number of hours (SCH) that may be taken (and guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Texas as part of the Core curriculum) within each component area. Note the paragraph below that discusses the Component Area Option for exceptions to this rule.

Communication - 6 SCH
Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively.
Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages to the subject, occasion and audience.

Mathematics - 3 SCH
Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships.
Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

Life and Physical Sciences - 6 SCH
Courses in this category focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method.
Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.

Language, Philosophy & Culture - 3 SCH
Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience.
Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.

Creative Arts - 3 SCH
Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination.
Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.

American History - 6 SCH
Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area.
Courses involve the interactions among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.

Government/Political Science - 6 SCH
Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas.
Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 SCH
Courses in this category focus on the application of empirical and scientific method that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human.
Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.

Component Area Option - 6 SCH
There is another component area within each Texas public institution’s core called the “Component Area Option” (CAO). The CAO provides students with the option of taking one of the courses that are on HCC’s core curriculum list that are marked “CAO only,” or taking up to six hours (SCH) of courses from one of the other Foundational Component Areas described above
Every student should talk to an advisor about which courses to take from the HCC core curriculum. If a student takes 42 hours (SCH) from among the core courses, according to the SCH limitations set by the THECB and noted above, that student is “core complete.” Core completers earn a Core Completion Certificate and every course within the core is guaranteed to transfer to any Texas public institution of higher education to which the student has been accepted.

HCC Core Curriculum 2015-2016

Advanced Dance Certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Advanced Dance Certificate is a 21-semester hour academic certificate designed to give a professional credential demonstrating advanced Dance proficiency.  This certificate is recognized by dance studios for instructional purposes.

  • DANC 1301 Dance Composition - 3 hrs
  • DANC 1305 or 1306 World Dance I or II - 3 hrs
  • DANC 2303 Dance Appreciation 3 hrs
  • DANC 2325 Anatomy & Kinesiology 3 hrs
  • DANC 2341 or 2342 Ballet III* or IV* - 3 hrs
  • DANC 2345 or 2346 Modern Dance III* or IV* - 3 hrs
  • DANC 2351 or 2352 Dance Performance III* or IV* - 3 hrs

*Department approval needed for advanced placement; otherwise prerequisites are needed for advanced levels of technique.

African American Studies Certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mexican-American/Latino Studies Certificate is a 15-semester hour academic certificate designed to help you understand Mexican-American/Latino culture from different perspectives. It provides a unique foundation for various majors and careers, including elementary education, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice, and many others. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities).
Required Foundation Courses (take both)

  • ENGL 2336 Multicultural Literature (Emphasis on Mexican-American and Latin-American Literature)3 (course not allowable anymore)
  • HUMA 2319 Minority Experience in the US. (Emphasis on

Mexican-Americans / Latinos)3
Choose any three courses from the following list:

  • Social/Behavioral Science (080)
    • GOVT 2305 or GOVT 2306 (Emphasis on Mexican-American / Latino issues)
  • American History (060)
    • HIST 2328 (Mexican-American History)
  • Component Area Option (091)
    • HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican-American Studies (not in the core)
    • HUMA 2323(Emphasis on Meso-American Pre-Hispanic Culture) (not in the core)

Mexican-American/Latino Studies Certificate

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mexican-American/Latino Studies Certificate is a 15-semester hour academic certificate designed to help you understand Mexican-American/Latino culture from different perspectives. It provides a unique foundation for various majors and careers, including elementary education, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice, and many others. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities).

Required Foundation Courses (take both)

  • ENGL 2336 Multicultural Literature (Emphasis on Mexican-American and Latin-American Literature)3
  • HUMA 2319 Minority Experience in the US. (Emphasis on

Mexican-Americans / Latinos)3

Choose any three courses from the following list:

  • Oral Communication (011)
    • SPAN 2311, 2312, 2313, 2315
  • Social/Behavioral Science (080)
    • GOVT 2301 (Emphasis on Mexican-American / Latino issues)
  • HIST 2380 (Emphasis on Mexican-American / Latino issues)
    • HIST 2328 (Mexican-American History) 
  • Cross/Multicultural Studies (091)
    • HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
    • HUMA 2323(Emphasis on Meso-American Pre-Hispanic Culture)

Women & Gender Studies Certificate

 

The WGS Certificate is a 12 semester credit hour academic certificate designed to help the student understand women’s and gender issues as a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis; to help the student link gender with class, race, ethnic, and sexual identification; and to help the student analyze the diversity of experiences concerning women and issues of gender identity and expression. It provides a unique foundation for various majors and careers, including education, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice, math, engineering, and many others. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities.)

Required Foundation Courses (take both) – 6 sch

  • ENGL 1302 Composition II (Emphasis on Women and Gender issues)
    *Fulfills 3 sch of the Communication requirement
  • HIST 1302 U.S. History after 1877 (Emphasis on Women and Gender issues)
    *Fulfills 3 sch of the American History requirement

Choose one course from two of the following categories – 6 sch

Language Philosophy & Culture

  • HUMA 2319 The Minority Experience in the U.S., or
  • ENGL 2343 Forms of Literature II (Emphasis on Women & Gender issues)

Creative Arts

  • ARTS 1304 Art History II, or
  • ENGL 2307 Creative Writing

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Problems (Emphasis on Women & Gender issues)

Additional Associate Degrees

 
 
 
 
 
 

A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • The student must complete a minimum of 15-18 semester hours (i.e. 25% of the award) at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam or through prior learning experience credit.
  • All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
  • All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
  • Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
  • If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 15-18 additional semester hours (i.e. 25% of the award) at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See advisor or program chair for clarification.
  • Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
  • All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be me.