What types of students enroll in the Associate in Arts program?
The AA program attracts many different types of students, especially those who want to take courses to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to major in such areas as business, education, humanities, social sciences, communications, and fine arts. Other students enroll in the AA program for enrichment; there is a broad selection of courses in the liberal arts. Others need an associate degree for job advancement, and they choose the AA program because it suits their interests.
What types of students enroll in the Associate in Science program?
The AS program attracts many different types of students, especially those who want to take courses to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to major in such areas as engineering, computer science, mathematics, life sciences or physical sciences, and health-related fields. Other students enroll in the AS program for enrichment; there is a broad selection of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Others need an associate degree for job advancement, and they choose the AS program because it suits their interests.
Who will be my advisor?
AA students are assigned to advisors based on their goals: whether they plan to transfer, where they plan to transfer, and what they intend to major in at the four-year institution. You will be assigned to your advisor after you contact Orientation Services.
Will all my courses transfer to any other college?
Most of the courses in the AA and AS programs transfer to most other colleges in the country because TTC is a regionally accredited college. If you are transferring to another public college in South Carolina, a useful tool to see what will transfer from TTC can be found at sctrac.org. Regardless of where you plan to transfer, it is important that you consult the catalog of that college in addition to one of our AA or AS advisors so that you can be sure that you select the best transfer courses.
What is the difference between the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science?
Both degrees are designed to meet requirements for the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, but they are suited to different transfer goals. Students planning to pursue a four-year degree in mathematics, science, engineering, or a medical field should enroll in the AS program because that program requires more math and science and less humanities and social science than the AA program.
If I am an artist, should I take courses towards an AA degree?
If you want to pursue a career in art, TTC offers two paths to that career. Choose the AA program if your career will require a four-year degree in fine arts. If you want a two-year degree in graphic or commercial arts, TTC offers associate degrees in these programs as well. However, these are terminal degrees, and the courses for those degrees may not transfer to four-year institutions. For more information about types of art degrees offered at TTC, visit Visual Arts.
I only want to get some transfer credit. Why should I complete the AA or AS degree before I transfer?
By completing the AA or AS degree before you transfer, you improve your opportunities for both employment and acceptance by other institutions. If you are ready to transfer before you complete the AA or AS degree, you may still be eligible to receive the degree by transferring credits back to TTC after you have transferred. Talk to your program advisor for the AA and AS degree for more details.
Can I complete the whole degree at Palmer Campus?
Yes. Palmer Campus is somewhat smaller than Main, so there may be fewer choices, but with careful selection and good advising, you can complete an AA degree at Palmer.
Can I complete the whole degree at Berkeley Campus?
Just as with Palmer, this smaller campus may have fewer course selections, but many relevant courses required to complete the AA degree are offered.
What is Distance (Online) Learning?
TTC offers courses in multimedia formats designed to make college classes available to individuals who may not be able to attend traditionally scheduled classes.