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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.A. - General Studies


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Degree:  Associate of Arts
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: General Studies

For more information, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at humanities@volstate.edu.

This pathway is the most flexible pathway offered for students at VSCC. Students who do not know what to major in, who are looking to advance their career, or who want a major we do not offer should pursue this option. Students should work with an advisor to customize their studies to fit their interests while completing the General Education core. This pathway is for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree. Below are a few examples of possible careers for those with a degree in General Studies and the associated salary information.

All Technical Certificates are embedded within the Associate of Arts, General Studies area of emphasis.  Courses in the certificates may be used to award this area of emphasis.

Transfer Options
This emphasis is not currently part of a Tennessee Transfer Pathway, and, therefore, it may not be fully transferable. Since general education and major requirements vary from one transfer institution to another, it is essential that transfer students decide on a transfer institution as soon as possible and refer to the general education and major requirements in that institution’s catalog when planning a program of study. Contact your advisor for additional information.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)


Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)


  • College Electives* Credits: (13) 
  • Foreign Language [One year sequence in single foreign language] Credits: (6)

*A College Elective can be any college-level course; however, they should be carefully selected in consultation with an advisor. Students should choose courses appropriate for transfer to the senior institution they have selected. Please note the section under Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the General Education section of the Catalog for course pairs not allowed to apply toward graduation. Any course designated with an asterisk (*) in the catalog is a career/technical course and is not intended for transfer. 

Suggested Courses & Tracks


Students may wish to pursue a suggested elective “track” of related courses depending on transfer plans.  See advisor for more information.

Suggested Courses for Electives
ART 1035     ART 2000    ART 2020    ART 253   
ASTR 1030    BIOL 1030    BIOL 1050    BIOL 1060   
CHEM 1030    COMM 1010    COMM 2045    COMM 2085   
COMM 2090    COMM 2095    COMM 280T    ECON 2100   
ECON 2200    ENGL - Any Literature Course ENGL 2860    FREN 1010   
FREN 1020    GEOG 1012    GEOG 2010    GEOL 1030   
GEOL 1060    HED 120    HIST 2010    HIST 2020   
HIST 2030    HIST 2060    HIST 2310    HIST 2320   
HUM 275    HUM 280T    INFS 1010    ISCI 1030   
MATH 1530    MUS 1030    PHIL 110    PHIL 1030   
PHIL 1040    PHYS 1030    POLS 1010    POLS 1030   
PSYC 1030    PSCI 1030    SOCI 1010    SPAN 1010   
SPAN 1020    THEA 1030       

 

Humanities Elective Track

For students interested in the study of society and people from a perspective that teaches skills in problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. Choose elective credits from the following list.

ART 253     ART 1035    ART 2000    COMM 280T   
ENGL - Any Literature Course ENGL 2860    HUM 275    HUM 280T   
PHIL 110    PHIL 1030    PHIL 1040    SPAN 1010   
SPAN 1020    THEA 1030       

 

Career Readiness Elective Track

For students who wish to take courses that might be valuable in a range of programs and careers. Choose elective credits from the following list.

COMM 1010    COMM 2025  or COMM 2045    COMM 2085    COMM 2090   
COMM 2095    ECON 2100    ECON 2200    HUM 275   
INFS 1010    PHIL 110       

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


Recommended Schedule


This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)


First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)


Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)


  • Foreign Language (One-Year Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (3) 
  • Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • History  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts  (Literature Course - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • College Electives* Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)


  • Foreign Language (One-Year Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (3) 
  • Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • History  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • College Electives* Credits: (4)

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