Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

2018-2019 Catalog

(For students planning to transfer to a four-year institution or entering a bachelor's program at CF after completing two years of studies)

A complete list of A.A. degree Academic Pathways can be found at

In addition to the General Education Common Core requirements noted previously, Associate in Arts students must:

  1. Complete at least 60 credit hours, all of which must be transferable academic work exclusive of occupational courses and wellness/fitness courses, unless required in program. (15 credits General Education Common Core, 21 or 22 credits General Education requirements, 24 credits General Education electives). Note: A.A. degree-seeking students who plan to transfer to a four-year program should be aware that a D grade may not transfer to the institution of their choice.
  2. Achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) in all college work and at CF.
  3. Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence at CF (minimum 25 percent of semester hours) and attend during the semester that the degree is earned.
  4. To satisfy F.A.C. Rule 6A-10.30 (the Gordon Rule), complete with a grade of C in designated Gordon Rule classes (noted within Course Descriptions for applicable courses).
  5. To satisfy F.A.C. Rule 6A-10.30 (the Gordon Rule), complete six semester credit hours of mathematics at the level of MAC 1105 College Algebra, MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics, STA 2023 Elementary Statistics or higher. This rule is met when students complete, with a grade of C or better, six or more hours from the courses listed in the mathematics section of the General Education course requirements.
  6. Complete 24 credit hours of elective courses, which include the required prerequisites for degree programs at the university. See your advisor for pathways for each program of study. Elective courses should be determined by the student’s area of interest and the requirements of the four-year college to which the student plans to transfer. Courses used to satisfy foreign language requirements will count as electives.
  7. Effective fall 2014, F. S. s. 1007.262, requires demonstration of foreign language competency for Associate in Arts degree-seeking students. Foreign language competency must be demonstrated through the completion of either two sequential courses in high school foreign language or the equivalent at the postsecondary level. Students enrolled in foreign language courses at CF must earn a grade of C or better before advancing to the next level. Students should consult with an advisor if they wish to satisfy this requirement with a CLEP exam score.
  8. Effective fall 2018, to satisfy F.A.C. 6A-10.02413, competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all first-time-in-college students receiving an Associate in Arts degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    • Successful completion of either POS2041 American National Government or AMH2020 United States History Since 1877, or
    • Achieving a standard score on one of the following assessments:
      Assessment  Standard Score 
      AP Government and Politics: United States  3
      AP United States History  4
      CLEP: American Government  50
  9. Effective fall 2005, competency in the use of computers is a requirement for all degree-seeking students. This requirement may be satisfied through one of the following options:
    • satisfactory completion of a proficiency examination
    • satisfactory completion of one of the following industry certifications, within the past five years: Microsoft Word, IC3, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, A+, Network+, Security+ or Server+
    • satisfactory completion of an approved college computer course, within the past five years (See below for applicable courses)

Students are strongly recommended to meet the computer competency requirement through one of the options listed above prior to the completion of 24 college level credit hours.

Computer Competency Course Options

Credit courses that meet the computer competency requirement are:

CET 1171Introduction to Computer Technology3
CGS 1100Microcomputer Applications3
CGS 1100HMicrocomputer Applications Honors3
CGS 1062HComputers in Society - Honors**3
CGS 2930Special Topics in Computers1
EME 2040Introduction to Technology for Educators3
OST 1100Introduction to Word3
SLS 1122First Year Seminar3
SLS 1501College and Career Success3

CET 1171: Occupational Course

CGS 2930: Introduction to Computer Skills sections only

To take the computer competency proficiency exam contact the Assessment and Testing Center, Bryant Student Union, Room 205.

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the computer competency requirement for students in Health Sciences programs:

DEA 1856Clinic III Seminar1
EMS 2658Paramedic Clinical Experience III5
NUR 2244CClinical Concepts IV7
NUR 2713CNursing IVA8
NUR 2734CNursing IV10
PHT 2931Trends in Physical Therapy1
RTE 1418CRadiographic Imaging I4

Transfer Pathway: Education

Students planning to study education in the State University System must complete, as a prerequisite for admission, ACT or SAT and the following:

EDF 2005Introduction to the Teaching Profession3

A minimum of 15 hours of supervised volunteer field experience in a school setting is required for EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession.

Students interested in the education field should contact the teacher education advisor at 352-854-2322, ext. 1620.

An additional six hours of courses with an international or diversity focus are also required. The courses meeting this international/diversity requirement for this and other areas of interest are:

General Diversity Courses (Gordon Rule)

CGS 1062HComputers in Society - Honors**3
ENL 2000HHonors English Literature**3
ENL 2012English Literature I**3
ENL 2022English Literature II**3
GEA 2000World Geography**3
HUM 2310Mythology and the Humanities**3
HUM 2310HHonors Mythology and the Humanities**3
INR 2002International Relations**3
LIT 2110World Literature I (Eighth Century BC-17th Century AD)**3
LIT 2110HWorld Literature I Honors (Eighth Century B.C.-17th Century A.D.)**3
LIT 2120World Literature II (17th-20th Century)**3
LIT 2120HWorld Literature II Honors (17th - 21st Century)**3
LIT 2330Introduction to Children's Literature**3
REL 2300Comparative Religions**3
REL 2300HHonors Comparative Religions**3
WOH 2012World Civilizations I**3
WOH 2012HHonors World Civilizations I**3
WOH 2022World Civilizations II**3
WOH 2022HHonors World Civilizations II**3

General Diversity Electives (Non-Gordon Rule)

ANT 2000Introduction to Anthropology3
AMH 2091Introduction to African-American History3
ANT 2140Introduction to Archaeology3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics - Macro3
FIL 2000Introduction to Film**3
HIS 2955Studies Abroad in Civilization3
HUM 2930Spanish Culture and Civilization3
LAH 2020Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
LIN 2740Applied Linguistics3


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