The Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees can give you a good start before transferring to a four-year university.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts - AA

Associate in Science - AS

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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 at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.

  • Complete a minimum of 18 semester hours toward the degree in the Houston Community College System. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • 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 43 SCH of required course work in the following areas*:

  • Communication 6 hours
  • Oral Communication 3 hours
  • Mathematics 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences 7 hours
  • Humanities 3 hours
  • Visual/Performing Arts 3 hours
  • American History 6 hours
  • Government 6 hours
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 hours
  • Cross/Multicultural Studies 3 hours
  • Total (Core Curriculum Certificate) 43 hours

*No one course may be used to fulfill more than one core category.

  • If a student successfully completes the 43-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.
  • Certificate of Completion of Developmental Education
  • Certificate of Completion of the Academic-English-as-a-Second-Language (AESL)
  • Program Certificate of Completion of the Intensive English (ESOL) Program

Additional Degree Requirements

 

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 18 semester hours 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.
  • 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.
  • Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type.  Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours 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 counselor 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 met.

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

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

African American Studies Certificate

 

African American Studies Certificate The Africana African American Studies Certificate is a 15 semester hour certificate program designed to help students understand Africana/ African American culture and experience from various perspectives and viewpoints. It affords students the opportunity to examine “Blacks in the Diaspora”, and understand the diversity and complexities of these unique people. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for the following career and education choices: college/university transfer, criminal justice, majors such as education and liberal arts, the social and natural sciences, criminal justices and the visual and performing arts.

Foundation Courses (choose both; 6 hrs required)

  • ENGL 1302 Composition II (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies) 3 hours
  • HIST 2381 African American History 3 hours

Elective courses (choose 3 courses; 9 hrs required)

Oral Communication (011)

  • Spch 1315: Public Speaking (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)

Humanities (Code 040)

  • Engl 2328: American Literature since the Civil War (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Engl 2336: Introduction to Multicultural Literature (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Engl 2341: Literature and Film (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Engl 2353: Women in Literature (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)

Visual/Performing Arts (050)

  • Arts 1301: Art Appreciation (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Danc 1377, 1378

Social/Behavioral Science (080)

  • Geog 1302: Cultural Geography (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Soci 2301: Marriage and the Family (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Soci 2319: Minority Studies I (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)

Cross Cultural Studies (091)

  • Engl 2328: American Literature since the Civil War (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Engl 2336: Introduction to Multicultural Literature (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Engl 2341: Literature and Film (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Engl 2353: Women in Literature (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Geog 1302: Cultural Geography (Emphasis on Africana/ African American Studies)
  • Huma 2319: The Minority Experience in the US (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Huma 2323: World Cultures (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
  • Soci 2319: Minority Studies I (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies

Global Studies Certificate

 

Global Studies Certificate The Global Studies Certificate is a 15-semester hour academic certificate designed to aid students in understanding the complex interrelationships between nations and their inhabitants. The program utilizes a cross disciplinary approach, encouraging students to embrace global issues from multiple perspectives. This certificate will provide a unifying framework to help students contribute to our increasingly interconnected world as responsible global citizens. It establishes a unique foundation for the pursuit of varied majors and careers, from liberal arts and social sciences to international business. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities).

Required Foundation Course 1 (choose one course from the following)

  • SOCI 2374 Global Issues and Social Change 3 hours
  • ECON 2311 Economic Geography 3 hours
  • GEOG 2312 Economic Geography 3 hours
  • HIST 2322 Modern World Civilizations: 1500-Present 3 hours

Required Foundation Course 2 (choose one course from the following)

  • Any 3-4 hour Foreign Language course chosen from ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, JAPN, KORE, RUSS, SPAN, or VIET

Choose any three courses from the following list:

Oral Communication

  • (011) ARAB 1411, 1412; CHIN 1411, 1412; FREN 1411, 1412; GERM 1411, 1412; JAPN 1411, 1412; KORE 1411, 1412; SPAN 1411, 1412; VIET 1411, 1412

Natural Science

  • (030) ENVR1301,1401(Note: Creditwillnotbegivenforboth
  • ENVR 1301 and 1401)

Humanities

  • (040) ENGL 2332, 2333, 2336

Visual/Performing Arts

  • (050) ARTS 1303, 1304, DANC 1305, 1306

Social/Behavioral Science

  • (080) ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351; ECON 2301, 2311; GEOG 1302, 1303, 2312; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; PHIL 2307; SOCI 1301, 2374

Cross/Multicultural Studies

  • (091) ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351; ARTS 1303, 1304; ARAB 1411, 1412; CHIN 1411, 1412; FREN 1411, 1412; GERM 1411, 1412; JAPN 1411, 1412; KORE: 1411, 1412; SPAN 1411,1412; VIET 1411, 1412; ECON 2311; ENGL 2332, 2333, 2336; GEOG 1302, 1303, 2312; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; HUMA 1301, PHIL 1304, 2307 2316, 2317; PSYC 2370; SOCI 1301, 2374

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 hours
  • HUMA 2319 Minority Experience in the US. (Emphasis on Mexican-Americans / Latinos) 3 hours

Choose any three courses from the following list:

  • Oral Communication (011) SPAN 2311, 2312, 2313, 2315
  • Social/Behavioral Science (080) GOVT 2305 (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)