Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts

If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the humanities, social sciences, or business, or complete training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background, the Central Piedmont Associate in Arts transfer degree is for you. Complete your associate faster with our accelerated Associate in Arts program.

What You Will Learn

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree ensures you can transfer to a four-year institution having already fulfilled general education and major-specific course requirements, particularly for majors in the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. The degree will transfer as a block to North Carolina public universities and other private institutions with articulation agreements.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Due to our Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the 17 public universities in North Carolina, you can transfer up to 60 general education and major course credits to a UNC institution — meaning you can enter a four-year, public college as a junior. Many students choose this path in order to not incur a lot of student debt. That's because at Central Piedmont, you can save more than $41,000 in tuition over two years, compared to many four-year schools.

With the Career & College Promise dual enrollment transfer pathway, you can graduate from high school having already completed your Associate in Arts.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Central Piedmont has so much to offer — from scholarships, to clubs and organizations, to trips. I’ve also never met faculty and staff as supportive and encouraging as the ones here. Koichi Takara '20 Read Koichi's story

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The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Arts. You can also complete the Associate in Science in teacher preparation option to prepare to teach subjects like social studies, history, foreign languages, and English. We also offer in Associate in Arts in dance. The college catalog details associate degree program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer general education course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

    • Requirements and Suggested Transfer Course Sequences

      For detailed information on the Associate in Arts course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

      Course Sequences

      Review the following suggested associate degree course sequences to learn when you should take each course based on the major you would like to transfer into after completing your Associate in Arts degree:

      Suggested course sequences for Central Piedmont transfer degrees

    • Compressed (Accelerated) Associate in Arts

      Central Piedmont also offers a compressed version of the two-year Associate in Arts degree program. This compressed associate degree degree program gives you the opportunity to complete your two-year degree in just 12 months. In the compressed Associate in Arts degree, you take 16 high-demand transfer courses online in four-week sessions every fall and spring.

      The compressed degree includes a variety of general education subjects, such as political science, English, history, sociology, music, and psychology, as well as an academic-related (ACA) course. The two-semester format gives you the opportunity to earn as many as 51 of the 60 college credits needed to complete a two-year degree at Central Piedmont. In addition to being flexible, the compressed Associate in Arts degree program also allows you to enroll in two four-week sessions so that you can meet the 12-hour requirement needed to qualify for financial aid.

      Central Piedmont added the compressed Associate in Arts program after data from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in western North Carolina, indicated that community college students tend to be more successful (receive A–C grades) when they take courses in a compressed, four-week format as opposed to a traditional, 8-week, or 16-week course.

      Compressed Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

      • must be registered in the Associate of Arts program
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA
      • have no F’s or W’s in the semester preceding the request
      • must have completed the online orientation course

      The following 16 courses make up the compressed Associate in Arts degree program:

      • ACA 122
      • ART 111
      • COM 231
      • ECO 251
      • ECO 252
      • ENG 111
      • ENG 112
      • ENG 231
      • GEL 111
      • HIS 111
      • HIS 112
      • MAT 143
      • MUS 110
      • PHI 240
      • POL 120
      • PSY 150
      • SOC 210

      You may make up the remaining 9 credit hours either during the summer term or by enrolling in a course offered in a different format (session length or face- to-face options) during the concurrent fall and spring semesters.

      When enrolled in a 4-week online course, you will be required login to the course and submit the required attendance assignment by 11:59 p.m. of the first day of the course. This attendance assignment (Enrollment Verification Activity) is mandated by the college under the college attendance policy. If you do not submit the enrollment verification activity in a timely manner, you will be automatically withdrawn from the course and will have to register for that course for the following semester.

      To learn more about the compressed Associate in Arts degree program, contact Dr. Suzanne Marcoux at or 704.330.4278, or call the Levine Campus Dean’s Office at 704.330.4201.

    • Available Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

      The Associate in Arts degree may be completed fully online or in-person. For detailed information on courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog. Course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

    • Explore Careers

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    • Costs and Aid

      Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    • Other Associate (Transfer) Degrees

    • Admitted Students: Contact an Advisor

      Review the information on finding your advisor on the academic advising page.