CCV offers students a choice of many different programs leading to the associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.), and the associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degrees. Our most popular degree program is Liberal Studies, which allows students to take a broad array of courses in the liberal arts.
Most students who complete the associate degree in Liberal Studies intend to transfer to four-year bachelor’s degree programs at other colleges. Other students at CCV intend to continue in or enter the workforce after completing a two-year degree program in such areas as accounting, human services and computer systems management.
At CCV, students may enroll either full- or part-time in all degree programs, and the vast majority of our degree students attend part-time (or fewer than four courses per semester). Students are eligible for all services including financial aid counseling and academic advising, regardless of full or part-time status.
The objectives and course requirements for all programs are described here.
Additional graduation requirements are listed in the Degree Completion Policy, available at www.ccv.edu/policy.
Requirements for the Associate Degree
CCV’s associate degree requires a minimum of 60 college-level credits distributed among a program concentration and three areas of general education: core competencies, areas of inquiry, and integrative approaches. Requirements may vary depending on the program - check program pages for detailed information.
Core Competencies (18 credits total)
First Semester Seminar (3 cr)
Technological Literacy (3 cr)
Communication (3 cr)
English Composition (3 cr)
Mathematics (3 cr)
Research & Writing Intensive (3 cr)
Areas of Inquiry (9 credits total)
Scientific Method (3 cr)
Human Expression (3 cr)
Human Behavior (3 cr)
Integrative Approaches (6 credits total)
Global Perspectives & Sustainability (3 cr)
Seminar in Educational Inquiry (3 cr)
Program Concentration Core (24 - 26 credits)
See specific concentration requirements here.
Elective Studies (0 - 9 credits)
This includes courses from program concentration areas or other areas of interest.
Students must successfully complete at least 15 credit hours of CCV-sponsored coursework.
General Education Requirements
The purpose of the general education program at CCV is to develop engaged, self-directed, and collaborative learners who demonstrate core competencies, recognize and apply strategies of inquiry, and embrace the challenge, complexity, and wonder of our interconnected world.
Core Competencies are fundamental to academic learning, and personal and professional development. Courses fulfilling the core competencies requirement introduce students to the framework of the four Vermont State College’s graduation standards and foster development of communication, information and technological literacy, quantitative reasoning, and writing skills. These skills are crucial for successful participation in public, private and professional work, and decision-making as well as further education.
Areas of Inquiry provide a variety of intellectual tools to understand the world and our place in it. CCV broadly defines these areas as the study of the natural world through the scientific method, the study of human expression through the arts and humanities, and the study of human behavior through history and the social sciences. Students can satisfy the areas of inquiry requirement by choosing from a wide variety of courses and learning to:
- understand vocabulary, theories and problem-solving methodologies that define scientific literacy and scientific method in the natural world;
- explore how human expression and creative processes are used within the arts and humanities to convey ideas, offer perspectives, and make meaning; and
- explain some of the ways in which social scientists and/or historians gather and interpret evidence to explain human behavior.
Integrative Approaches help us explore the complexity of the natural and social world over time and with respect to others. As relations between individuals, societies, and their environments become more complex, educated individuals need to draw upon a variety of perspectives in order to guide the direction of their lives, live as informed and involved community members, and act creatively. Students can satisfy the integrative approaches requirement through successful completion of CCV’s required interdisciplinary capstone course, Seminar in Educational Inquiry, and a choice of one course that promotes global awareness and an understanding of the human and natural processes that impact the future of individuals, societies and environments across the globe.
View the General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees and a list of courses that meet these requirements.