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

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Associate in Arts

Associate in Science

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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.

Africana/African American Studies Certificate

The Africana/African American Studies Certificates is a 12 semester hour certificate program designed to help students understand Americana/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, majors such as education and liberal arts, the social and natural sciences, criminal justice, and the visual and performing arts.  Additionally, for those pursuing degrees or certificates in various workforce and applied science fields, the Africana/African American Studies certificate enhances your familiarity and understanding of diverse cultures in preparation for employment in an increasingly multi-cultural region.  (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities.)

Foundation Courses (choose both) – 6 semester credit hours

  • ENGL 1302 Composition II (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)
    • *Fulfills 3 semester credit hours of the Communication requirement
  • HIST 2381 African American History
    • *Fulfills 3 semester credit hours of the American History requirement

Choose one course from two of the following categories – 6 semester credit hours

Language Philosophy & Culture

  • HUMA 2319 The Minority Experience in the U.S.,
  • HUMA 2323 World Cultures (Emphasis on Africana/African American),
  • ENGL 2328 American Literature Since the Civil War (Emphasis on Africana/African American studies), or
  • ENGL 2343 Forms of Literature II (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)

Creative Arts

  • ARTS 1304 Art History II

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Problems (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)

Government/Political Science

  • GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Emphasis on Africana/African American Studies)

Mexican American/Latino Studies Certificate

The Mexican American/Latino Studies Certificate is a 12 semester credit 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. Additionally, for those pursuing degrees or certificates in various workforce and applied science fields, the Mexican American/Latino Studies certificate enhances your familiarity and understanding of diverse cultures in preparation for employment in an increasingly multi-cultural region. (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) – 3 semester credit hours

  • HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican American Studies
  • ENGL 2351 Mexican American Literature

*These courses fulfill the Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement

Required Foundation Course 2 – 3 semester credit hours

  • HIST 2328 Mexican American History

*This course fulfills 3 semester credit hours of the American History requirement

Global Studies Certificate

The Global Studies Certificate is a 12 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 science to international business. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities)

Required Foundation Course 1 – 3 semester credit hours

  • HUMA 1301

*This course fulfills the Creative Arts requirement

Required Foundation Course 2 (choose one course from the following) – 3 semester credit hours

  • ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

*These courses fulfill the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement

Choose one course from each of the following categories – 6 semester credit hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

  • ENGL 2332 World Literature Ancient World to the 16th Century
  • ENGL 2333 World Literature 17th Century to Present
  • HUMA 2323 World Cultures
  • PHIL 1304 Intro to World Religions

Component Area Option

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

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 semester credit hours

  • 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 semester credit hours

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)