The institution from which a student wishes to graduate makes the final decision on graduation requirements and the
acceptance of transfer credits.
Students are urged to allow themselves plenty of time and thought in which to plan the educational program that will
guide the remainder of their lives and influence the quality of their living. Appointments to see an academic advisor at
Florida Keys Community College for needed personal assessment and educational guidance should be made early and
ATTENTION A.A. STUDENTS: For additional information on transferring to a university, please make an appointment
to see one of our academic advisors before the beginning of your second year at FKCC.
Letters/Humanities and Mathematics Course Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree (The Gordon Rule)
In addition to tests that measure student achievement in college-level communication and computation skills, S.B.E. Rule
6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule) requires that other assessment procedures shall be measured by completion of coursework in
letters and humanities and mathematics.
For purposes of this rule, a grade of “C” or higher shall be considered successful completion. Prior to receipt of an Associate
in Arts degree from a public community college or university or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university,
a student shall complete successfully the following:
1. twelve (12) semester hours of letters and humanities coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate
writing skills. For the purpose of this rule, a letters and humanities course is defined as any semester-length course
within the general study area of letters and humanities in which the student must demonstrate college-level
writing skills through multiple assignments. English Composition and courses that satisfy the writing requirement
are listed in Area I Letters and Humanities.
2. six (6) semester hours of mathematics course work at the level of college algebra or higher. Logic or statistics
courses may be used to fulfill three (3) hours of the six (6) hour computation requirement when specified.
General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree (36 credits)
To earn an Associate in Arts degree, students must complete 36 credit hours of general education courses (Area I-VI) and 24
credit hours of elective course work (Area VII).
Diversity courses can be found in Area I and Area IV.
Area I and Area II courses are governed by the Gordon Rule.
Area I: Letters and Humanities (12 credits required)
A grade of “C” or higher is required in order to satisfy Gordon Rule requirements.
A. Letters (6 credits required)
The following courses each require 6000 words of composition and apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
ENC 1102 English Composition II (3)
B. Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits required)
The following courses each require demonstration of college-level writing skills through multiple assignments and apply to
the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Choose courses from two different clusters:
Cluster A - Literature
AML 2020 American Literature (3)
LIT 2020 Introduction to Short Fiction (3)
LIT 2380 Women in Literature (3)
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