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Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-126
919-536-7223, ext. 8004


University Transfer Options

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in Journalism should complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which will transfer to all UNC System schools, most North Carolina independent colleges and universities, and most out of state institutions.

The Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate arts degree at a four-year college or university. Students in this program develop foundational knowledge particularly business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

Course Selection Guide

This course selection guide shown below has been developed by referencing the Baccalaureate Degree plans or the student plans for the Bachelor of Arts degrees at the universities listed below.

  • Appalachian State (ASU) - Communications, Journalism
  • NC Central University (NCCU) - Mass Communications, Journalism
  • UNC Asheville (UNCA) - Mass Communications
  • UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) - Media & Journalism

Students should print out and save the for their major and intended transfer university.

Printable Journalism Course Selection Guide (PDF)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (31-32 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; DRA 111, MUS 110, 112COM 231COM 231COM 231Any
PHI 215 or PHI 240 AnyAnyPHI 240Any
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242AnyAnyAnyAny
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132AnyHIS 112HIS 111Any
ECO 251, 252, POL 120; PSY 150, or SOC 210AnyAnyAnyAny
One additional course from aboveAnyAnyHIS 112Any
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
One Math course selected from MAT 143, 152, 171AnyAnyAnyAny
Natural Science (4 SHC)
One Science course selected from AST 151/A, BIO 110, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/AAnyAnyAnyAny
Additional General Education Transfer Hours (13-14 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. FL 112 must be taken with accompanying lab.FL 112 required by °ĿFL 112FL 112FL 211
Second Mathematics Course (3-4 SHC)
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 263. Note: There are prerequisites for these courses that must be met.AnyAnyAnyAny
Second Natural Science Course (4 SHC)
Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 110, BIO 111, 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 131/A, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 230, PHY 110/110AAnyAnyAnyAny
One Additional Course (3-4 SHC)
One additional courseAnyAnyART 111POL 120 or
POL 220
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)

Students should consult their advisor. The listings vary based on the requirements of the selected university and the student's intended major.

College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (0-8 SHC)
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet prerequisitesAs NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)
Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.COM 120 or COM 150
JOU 216
COM 150
HEA 110
JOU 216
JOU 217
PED 110
COM 150
JOU 216
JOU 217

ASU recommends that students take two prerequisite courses not available at °Ŀ in the summer of the year they transfer.

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

°Ŀ has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a °Ŀ university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)