Students can complete their first two years of study at Moraine Valley for virtually any bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Each of the Moraine Valley’s associate degrees—Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)—are a combination of core general education courses and major specific electives. For a successful transfer, students must consider which four-year college or university they wish to attend and will need to select coursework carefully. Moraine Valley academic advisors are available to help students develop an individual educational plan.

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

Select an A.A. if your intended major is:

Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Mass Communications
Political Science
Special Education

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

Select an A.S. if your intended major is:

Computer Science
Information Technology

Please note, students interested in Fine Arts, Music, Secondary Education, and other majors not listed above should consult an Academic Advisor to confirm their Moraine Valley program of study is accurate.

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

This degree is designed for students who have nontraditional educational goals or are transferring to schools with an atypical general education core curriculum. It’s also for students completing career certificate programs that don’t otherwise have an associated associate degree option, such as welding or medical assistant.

Associate in Fine Arts Degree (A.F.A.)

The A.F.A. is designed to meet the unique needs of students who plan to major in art or music. Typically, the bachelor’s degree for art or music majors requires students to complete a sequential list of courses to support a portfolio in the major during their freshman and sophomore years, and will require that students complete additional general education at the transfer school. Students who are interested in art education are recommended to earn an A.A. degree rather than an A.F.A. degree.

Want to ensure a smooth transfer to your four-year school?

Students who know their intended transfer institution are advised to meet with an academic advisor each semester to create a detailed education plan that will make the transfer process simple and easy. Also, refer to the Illinois Articulation Initiative for assistance in transferring between Illinois higher education institutions.

Undecided? You’re not alone.

Many Moraine Valley students are unsure of what major would work best for them. Meet with a Moraine Valley career counselor to discuss career options and/or an academic advisor to develop a flexible education plan that will apply to various majors.