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    Apr 23, 2018  
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]

Arts Diploma (D10100)


The Diploma in Arts shall be granted for planned programs of study consisting of a minimum of 44 and a maximum of 46 semester hours of approved college transfer courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Within the diploma program, the college shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communications, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Use computers and other educational technologies to achieve academic and work-related goals. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.
    2. Integrate the use of a calculator or Excel to construct, analyze, solve, and graph solutions to problems.
  2. Communicate effectively through writing, reading, and speaking.Students will meet this outcome by doing completing both of the following requirements:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, and execute the college-level expository essay.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver an oral presentation.
  3. Analyze problems and make logical decisions.
    Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Synthesize mathematical criteria to determine an appropriate solution to satisfy the given conditions of a problem.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the empirical nature of science and the scientific method and use this knowledge to analyze problems and make rational decisions.
    3. Identify and analyze arguments.
    4. Develop a logically structured expository essay for an academic audience.
  4. Examine the arts/humanities and social behavioral sciences from cultural and historic perspectives. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Evaluate and explain patterns in human political, cultural, and economic life and their impact on human societies.
    2. Differentiate and discuss how cultural groups express themselves through the humanities/arts.
    3. Explain patterns of human development throughout the lifespan and discuss contextual factors that may influence the developmental patterns.
    4. Evaluate and explain patterns in various human social groups and their interrelatedness.
  5. Analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to perform fundamental algebraic concepts and skills to analyze and interpret quantitative data.
    2. Given relevant information and practicing math skills necessary for the sciences, analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.

English Composition (6 SHC)


ENG 111 is required.

Students will only receive credit for one of the following: ENG 112, ENG 113 or ENG 114.

Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SHC)


Select four courses from at least three of the following discipline areas. At least one course must be a literature course. Only one course may be taken in the communication discipline.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 SHC)


Select four courses from at least three of the following discipline areas. At least one course must be a history course.

Economics


Students may not receive credit for ECO 151 if they have received credit for ECO 251 or ECO 252.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (14 SHC)


Natural Sciences (8 SHC): Select two courses, including accompanying laboratory work, from among the biological and physical science disciplines. Students will not receive credit for both BIO 110  and BIO 111  . Students will not receive credit for both CHM 131  and CHM 151  . Students will not receive credit for both MAT 161  and MAT 171 .

Mathematics (6 SHC): MAT 171  and MAT 171A  are required. The other unit may be selected from among other quantitative subjects, such as computer science and statistics. Select at least one course from each series:

Total Semester Hour Credits: 44-46


Note(s):


Students must meet the receiving university's foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

The courses taken in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Arts degree. See the associate degree listing for specific degree requirements.