Associate in Arts

What is an AA Degree?

The AA degree provide students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. Click here for the Associate in Arts Program Plan:

Focus Areas

BCTC students who pursue the Associate in Arts program are permitted to select a Focus Area within a specific field of study. These focus areas permit students to earn the AA degree while concentrating their courses around an academic discipline. Students should discuss potential focus areas with their assigned academic advisor.

Description

Students have two options in earning an AA or AS degree. They may decide on a degree in general pre -baccalaureate studies, which allows a wide choice of courses and an opportunity to explore many subject areas, or they may decide on a Focus Area, which allows them to explore one field of study in more depth. A Focus Area is not a major or a minor but is a concentration of related courses. Focus Area requirements are 12-21 hours with at least one 200 level course or one course with appropriate prerequisites. If students plan to transfer after earning their AA or AS degrees, they may fulfill a number of their pre-major requirements by choosing a Focus Area. Obtaining a Focus Area, however, does not mean that a student has fulfilled all premajor requirements for a four-year degree at the University of Kentucky or elsewhere.


African American Studies—Minimum 12 Hours
ENG 264 (Major Black Writers); HIS 260 (African American History to 1865); HIS 261 (African American History 1865 to the Present); choose one from HUM 150 (Intro to African Literature), SOC 235
(Inequality in Society), ANT 160 (Cultural Diversity in the Modern World), COM 254 (Intercultural Communication), MUS 104 (Intro to Jazz History), ENG 230 (Intro to Literature: “African American Literature” Subtitle Required), ENG 231 (Literature and Genre: Subtitle Required), ENG 232 Literature and Place: “African American Literature” Subtitle Required), ENG 233 (Literature and Identities: (“African American Literature” Subtitle Required).

Anthropology – minimum 12 hours
ANT 220, ANT 230, ANT 240, and one additional 200 level anthropology course

Communication – minimum 15 hours
COM 101, STA 200; choose one from COM 181, COM 252, COM 281, COM 287; choose an additional six hours from CIT 105, COM 181, COM 252, COM 281, COM 287, ENG 203, JOU 101, JOU 204, POL 101, POL 235, POL 271, PSY 110

Criminal Justice – minimum 21 hours
CRJ 100; three additional courses in criminal justice with at least one at the 200 level; one course in each of the following: political science, psychology, and sociology

English – minimum 15 hours
ENG 230; choose one from ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 234; choose one from HUM 135 or ENG 264; one additional literature course, one additional writing course

Family Studies – minimum 12 hours
FAM 252; choose three from EDP 202*, EDP 203*, FAM 253, FAM 254/PSY 223, FAM 255
*for those interested in a teaching career

Geography – minimum 12 hours
GEO 130, GEO 172, GEO 152 or GEO 160, any 200-level geography course
History – minimum 15 hours
HIS 108, HIS 109, HIS 104, HIS 105, one 200-level history course

Journalism - minimum 12 hours
JOU 101, JOU 204; choose an additional six hours from COM 249, POL 101, POL 235

Peace and Justice Studies – minimum 15 hours
HUM 121 (3 CR), HUM 220 (3 CR), HUM 221 (3 CR), GEO 160 (3 CR); choose from HUM 160, PHI 130, SOC 235, or POL 235 (3 CR).

Philosophy – minimum 12 hours
PHI 100, PHI 120, PHI 130, ANT 130

Political Science – minimum 12 hours
POL 101, POL 235, POL 271, one additional political science course

Pre-Business – minimum 21 hours
ACC 201, ACC 202, CIT 105 or IMD 100, ECO 201, ECO 202, ENG 203, MA 123 or MA 162 or STA 291

Psychology – minimum 17 hours
PY 110, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 223; choose one from PSY 230, PSY 297, PSY 298

Social Work – minimum 21 hours
SWK 124, SWK 222, and one course in each of the following: anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology

Sociology – minimum 12 hours
SOC 101, two additional sociology courses, and one 200-level course in the social/behavioral sciences

Women’s Studies – minimum 15 hours
WGS 200 and WGS 201, and choose three courses from ENG 234, HIS 265, GEO 240, FAM 253

Academic Pathway

AA students who plan to transfer to a four-year university may select an Academic Pathway to identify the program or field that the student wishes to pursue upon transfer. Selecting an Academic Pathway enables students to be assigned an academic advisor with expertise in the student's transfer area. To update an Academic pathway, students may submit a Program Change Form to the Records Office. Indicate both the Program Plan (Associate in Arts) and the Pathway (for example, English, PENG).

  Student group Student group description
Art/Art History/Fine Art PART Art/Art History/Fine Art
Communications PCOM Communications
CriminalJustice PCRJ Criminal Justice
English PENG English
History PHIS History
Journalism PJOU Journalism
Languages PLAN Languages
Music PMUS Music
Philosophy PPHI Philosophy
Political Science PPOL Political Science
Psychology PPSY Psychology
Religion PREL Religion
Sociology PSOC Sociology
Social Work PSWK Social Work
Theater PTHE Theater
Art Education PAED Art Education
PreschoolEducation PPED Preschool Education
Elementary Education PEED Elementary Education
High School Education PHED High School Education
Music Education PMUE Music Education
Middle School Education PMSE Middle School Education
Physical Education/Coaching PPEC Physical Education/Coaching
Special Education PSED Special Education
Education General PGED Education Genera
General, SBS PSBS Social Behavior Science
General, HUM PHUM Humanities
 
  Student group Studentgroup description
Agriculture/Horticulture PAGR Agriculture/Horticulture
Animal Science/ Pre-Vet/ Zoology PZOO Animal Science/ Pre-Vet/ Zoology
Architecture PARC Architecture
Biology/Botany PBIO Biology/Botany
Chemistry PCHE Chemistry
Exercise Physiology PEXP Exercise Physiology
Economics PECO Economics
Forestry PFOR Forestry
Geology/Earth Science PGEO Geology/Earth Science
Information Technology/CIS PIT Information Technology/CIS
Mathematics PMAT Mathematics
Nursing PNSG Nursing
Nutrition PNUT Nutrition
Physics/Astronomy PPHY Physics/Astronomy
Pre-Dental PDEN Pre-Dental
Pre-Engineering PETE Pre-Engineering
Pre-Medicine PMED Pre-Medicine
Pre-Pharmacy PPHA Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Physical Therapy PPTH Pre-Physical Therapy
Radiography PRAD Radiography
Business Administration PBA Business Administration
Management PMGT Management
Accounting PACC Accounting
Office Systems POS Office Systems
General, ALH PALH Allied Health
General, BUS PBUS Business
General ENTC PENT Engineering Technology
General, LNS PLNS Life/Natural Science

Transfer Center

The BCTC Transfer Center provides assistance to students transferring from BCTC to a four-year university.

Transfer Information

Area Coordinators and Transfer Information

Pre-Major African American Studies

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area:(12 hours)  ENG 264 ( Major Black Writers); HIS 260 (African American History to 1865); HIS 261 (African American History 1865 to the Present); choose one from Hum 150 (Intro to African Literature), SOC 235 (Inequality in Society), ANT 160 (Cultural Diversity in the Modern World), COM 254 (Intercultural Communication), MUS 104 (Intro to Jazz history), ENG 230, 231, 232, 233 when topic closely related to AA Studies with approval of Assistant Dean of Humanities or African American focus leader.

BCTC Program Contact

Iddah Otieno
Cooper Campus, OB 339
(859) 246-6341
iddah.otieno@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major Anthropology

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area: ANT 220, ANT 230, ANT 240, and one additional 200 level anthropology course.

BCTC Program Contact

Leon Lane
Cooper Campus
(859) 246-6326
leon.lane@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major Art History

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Art, Philosophy and Music Coordinator
Colleen Merrill
470 Cooper Dr. Lexington, KY 40502
859-246-4611
colleen.merrill@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major Communication

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area: COM 101, STA 200; choose one from COM 181, COM 252, COM 281, COM 287; choose an additional six hours from CIT 105, COM 181, COM 252, COM 281, COM 287, ENG 203, JOU 101, JOU 204, POL 101, POL 235, POL 271, PSY 110.

BCTC Contact

Coordinator
Greg Rickert
Cooper Campus, MB 238
(859) 246-6332
gregory.rickert@kctcs.edu

Websites

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area: CRJ 100; three additional courses in criminal justice with at least one at the 200 level; one course in each of the following: political science, psychology, and sociology.

BCTC Program Contact

Holly Clifford
311 D Classroom Building, Newtown Campus
859-246-6244
holly.clifford@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Focus Area

AS Focus Area, Pre-Education: EDP 202, PSY 110, MA 123 or STA 200, MA 201, PHY 160

BCTC Program Website

Curriculum Plan

UK Transfer Information

EKU Transfer Information

Websites

Note: To teach children in Public School Preschools, Head Start programs, young children with special needs and School-Age programs see the AAS in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.

English Pre-Major

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area: ENG 230; choose one from ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 234; choose one from HUM 135 or ENG 264; one additional literature course, one additional writing course

BCTC Program Contact

Robin Haggerty
Cooper Campus
(859) 246-6364
robin.haggerty@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major, Family Science

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area: FAM 252; choose three from EDP 202*, EDP 203*, FAM 253, FAM 254/PSY 223, FAM 255
*for those interested in a teaching career

BCTC Program Contact

Kelly Hagan
Cooper Campus AT 202D
(859) 246-6251
kelly.hagan@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major, Gender and Women's Studies

BCTC Focus Area, Women's Studies

AA Focus Area, Women's Studies: WGS 200 and WGS 201, and choose three courses from ENG 234, HIS 265, GEO 240, FAM 253

BCTC Program Contact

Lori Houghton
Cooper Campus, AT 201A
(859) 246-6344
lori.houghton@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major, Geography

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Geography: GEO 130, GEO 172, GEO 152 or GEO 160, any 200-level geography course

BCTC Contact

Leon Lane
Cooper Campus, MB 234
(859) 246-6327
leon.lane@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major, History

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, History:HIS 108, HIS 109, HIS 104, HIS 105, one 200-level history course

BCTC Contact

Karen Gauthier
Leestown Campus, M-107
karen.gauthier@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6698

BCTC Program Website

Pre-Major, Journalism

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Journalism: JOU 101, JOU 204; choose an additional six hours from COM 249, POL 101, POL 235

BCTC Contact

Greg Rickert
Cooper Campus, MB 238
859-246-6332
gregory.rickert@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Art, Philosophy and Music Coordinator

Colleen Merrill
Suite 101-G Humanities Division
470 Cooper Dr. Lexington, KY 40502
859-246-4611
colleen.merrill@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Native American Studies: ANT 221, ANT 242, HIS 220, HIS 221, HUM 135

BCTC Program Contact

Karen Gauthier
Leestown Campus, M107
859-246-6698
karen.gauthier@kctcs.edu

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area:

  • HUM 121: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • HUM 220: Historical Perspectives on Peace and War
  • HUM 221: Contemporary Perspectives on Peace and War
  • GEO 163: Global Conflicts
  • One of the following: HUM 160 (Introduction to Holocaust Literature and Film), PHI 130 (Ethics), SOC 235 (Inequality in Society), or POL 235 (World Politics

BCTC Contact

Rebecca Glasscock
Cooper Campus, MB 221
(859) 246-6319
Rebecca.Glasscock@kctcs.edu

Curriculum Plans

UK Transfer Information

Websites

Pre-Major, Philosophy

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Philosophy: PHI 100, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 250, and ANT 130

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Art, Philosophy and Music Coordinator
Colleen Merrill
Suite 101-G Humanities Division
470 Cooper Dr. Lexington, KY 40502
859-246-4611
colleen.merrill@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Pre-Major, Political Science

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Political Science: POL 101, POL 235, POL 271, one additional political science course

BCTC Contact

Karen Gauthier
Leestown Campus, M-107
karen.gauthier@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6698

Additional Information

Pre-Major, Social Work

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Social Work: SWK 124, SWK 222, and one course in each of the following: anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology

Program Coordinator

Jenny Jones
Classroom Building 311-F, Newtown Campus
859-246-6653
jenny.jones@kctcs.edu

Additional Information

Curriculum Plans

Pre-Major, Sociology

BCTC Focus Area

AA Focus Area, Sociology: SOC 101, two additional sociology courses, and one 200-level course in the social/behavioral sciences

BCTC Contact

Leon Lane
Cooper Campus
(859) 246-6327
leon.lane@kctcs.edu

Additional Information