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General Studies, Associate of Arts & Sciences

The Appalachian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet. The culture is also one of the most unique. Get started toward your bachelor’s degree at Southwest, with classes offering a focus on Appalachia.

Get the credits you need to transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree, with a specialized focus on Appalachian culture. Contact us today to get started!


The Appalachian Studies, General Studies specialization program provides a perspective on the uniqueness of Appalachia and a broad foundation of skills you can build on. Improve your abilities in writing, critical thinking, and math, while earning credits that are equivalent to the freshman and sophomore years of a bachelor’s degree.

The program allows students to gain a broader knowledge of the varied cultures of the Appalachian region through specialized studies in Literature, History, and Sociology.

By earning those credits in Southwest Virginia Community College’s general studies associate degree program, you’ll get more personal attention than you would at a large university, while paying lower tuition and getting strong academic guidance.

Program Details

Appalachian Studies, Liberal Arts (AA)

CIP 24.0101
Degree: Associate of Arts (AA – Transfer) 
Program Code: 697-08
Program Length: 2 year – 4 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 61
Distance Learning Option Available 
AA Transfer Resources – Transfer & Articulation Agreements, Guaranteed Admission Agreements

Program Advisor

First Semester

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 16
  • Lab Hours: 3
  • Course Credits: 17

Second Semester

Semester Total

Lecture Hours: 12

Lab Hours: 5

Course Credits: 14

Third Semester

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 15
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 15
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 15

Total Minimum Credits: 61

1 Developmental coursework may require additional semesters to complete program.

BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, PHY 201, PHY 202, GOL 105, GOL 106 may be used to fulfill requirements.

**Determine transfer institution’s requirements prior to selection of Math or Literature course.

***Determine transfer institution’s requirement prior to selection from the list below.

Humanities Electives:

Social Science Electives:


Southwest Virginia Community College has options to help you pay for a degree or certificate. A high percentage of students receive assistance through financial aid.

Learn about paying for college and current tuition-free programs here.




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