Two Year Degree (Associate)

Two Year Degree (Associate)

TAKE YOUR GENERAL COLLEGE COURSES HERE, THEN TRANSFER TO ANY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TO STUDY ANY MAJOR

For most students planning to pursue a four-year degree, the first two years of college consist of general course requirements that are very similar at nearly all public and private colleges, both in South Carolina and across the nation.

By taking those general college courses at SMC, you can save money, time and even have a valuable degree in hand after just two years. If you’re a student who may not have the scores to get into your dream school, you can also get a second chance at SMC. Here’s how:

How You’ll Save Money:

  • If you’re a South Carolina student who meets the requirements for the LIFE Scholarship, you can attend SMC tuition-free. That’s a savings of over $30,000. LEARN MORE.
  • SMC is priced lower than 60% of other private South Carolina colleges. You’ll get the advantages of a small campus, personal attention and a high-quality education – and pay less.
  • By taking your first two years of courses here, you can transfer to another, more expensive school for your final two years. You’ll still graduate with a diploma from  your dream school (USC, Clemson, Winthrop, Furman, Wofford or ANY school of your choice), but you’ll spend far less money than if you spent all four years there. And because those first two years of college courses are the same for most students at most colleges, why not save thousands of dollars?

How You’ll Save Time:

Over 90% of college students change their major at least once while in college. Over 80% change it THREE times. The fact is, most high school students start college believing they’re interested in pursuing a major, but once they take a few courses in that major, or do an internship, they discover it’s not for them. Changing your major can make it difficult to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years. And the longer you stay in college, the more your expenses and debt increase.

By starting at SMC, you’ll save time in these ways:

  • Because we are a two-year school and our students transfer to finish their final two years at another college, we only offer general courses that are designed to introduce you to many different subjects and academic disciplines, while also transferring course credits easily to your new school. If you start college planning to major in math but change your mind, you won’t have gone so far down the “math major” path at SMC that you neglected taking other courses that could count toward a different major. You won’t have to make up for lost time.
  • High school students often choose a four-year college because it offers a very specific major. If you end up changing your major (and remember, over 90% of college students change majors at least once), you may suddenly find yourself at a college that doesn’t offer a major in your new area of interest. By starting at SMC and taking general college courses (in subjects you think you want to major in and also in many other areas), you’ll have plenty of time to finalize your major, feel confident about the right path for you and then transfer to the right college to finish your last two years. And you’ll do it without having to make up extra courses, which can slow you down.
  • We help students discover their academic and career interests early. As a freshman, you’ll take a number of career interests surveys and work with an adviser who can help you decide which academic path best suits your career goals. That adviser will also help you ensure you’re taking the necessary courses to complete your degree at SMC (Associate degree) and have the courses you need to transfer easily to another college to finish your Bachelor’s degree.

How an Associate Degree is Valuable Even if You Plan to Get a Bachelor’s Degree:

At the top of this page, we noted that your first two years of college courses are going to be very similar, no matter which school you attend. There are always exceptions, and it’s a good idea to talk to an Admissions Counselor if you’re unsure about meeting your academic goals at SMC.

But for the vast majority of students, your first two years of general college, required classes at SMC will be the same ones you’re required to take at any college or university. We’ve already noted above how you can save money and time by taking those classes at SMC. Another bonus: you’ll receive an Associate degree after you finish two years here.

  • With an Associate Degree, you can qualify for part-time job opportunities that are unavailable to students without a degree. Many employers will consider you for an entry-level position in your chosen career field because you have a degree in hand. These are often higher-paying jobs than typical college student part-time work; plus, you’ll start getting career experience early and you’ll earn money that can help pay student loans while you finish your final two years of college. Why spend two years as a restaurant waiter when you could begin working in your career field?
  • If you are forced to leave college due to financial or other circumstances after two years,  you’ll have a degree in hand, making it much easier to either earn a better living or return to college at a later time.

How SMC Can Help You Get into Your Dream School:

  • We know that not all smart, hard-working students are good at taking standardized tests. If your SAT/ACT scores don’t qualify you for admission into your dream school, spending two years at SMC will give you the chance to improve your grades and transfer to another school to finish your degree. When admitting transfer students, most colleges place a strong emphasis on your college GPA rather than your SAT/ACT scores, because you’ve proven you can do college-level work.
  • Students who attend SMC for two years before transferring to another college to complete a Bachelor’s degree are often more successful students because they’ve had the time and opportunity to get comfortable with college. Our courses are academically rigorous, but we offer a uniquely supportive environment to help you achieve your goals.
  • Because we focus on freshmen and sophomore college students, you’ll have many more opportunities for leadership positions that will make you a stand-out transfer applicant. You don’t have to wait in line behind juniors and seniors to be president of clubs and organizations or to captain an athletic team.

 


Quick Facts About Our Associate Degree Programs:

Associate degrees awarded in:

  • Arts (General Studies)
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fine Arts
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

Who It’s For:

Students who plan to transfer to another college to pursue majors in these and many other academic disciplines:

Art, Business, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama, English, Education, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, History, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Natural or Physical Sciences, Political Science or Government, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Veterinary Medicine and Other Arts and Letters Disciplines.

How It Works:

Complete SMC freshman/sophomore years, get intensive help choosing the right major/career path, receive an Associate Degree and transfer to the right college for your final two years of Bachelor’s Degree completion.

Benefits:

Save time and money by taking general education requirements here. With an Associate Degree, you may also qualify for better part-time jobs/internships while completing a Bachelor’s degree here or at another college.

Where Courses Transfer:

SMC courses are designed to transfer to almost any other college or university (as long as you receive a grade of “C” or above.)


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Degree Requirements:

The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to colleges or universities in baccalaureate subject areas such as business administration, criminal justice, English, foreign language, history, political science or government, psychology, religious studies, sociology and other arts and letters disciplines. The degree also serves those students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in education or planning secondary school certification except in the natural sciences or mathematics. The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Arts Degree:

A total of 63 semester credit hours are required to graduate. Those must include the following credit hours:

  • English 101, 102 – 6 hours
  • Computer Science – 3 hours
  • History – 6 hours or History (3) and (3) of Social Science (other than the Social Science requirement)
  • SMC 101, 2011 – 2 hours
  • Literature – 3 hours
  • Mathematics (112 or higher) – 3-4 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201 or MILI – 2 or 3 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Religion 103, 211, 212, 215, or 220 – 3 hours
  • Religion (any RELI other than RELI requirement), Literature (any LITR other than LITR requirement), PHIL 201, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, or Drama Appreciation – 3 hours
  • Science – 8 hours
  • Social Science² – 6 hours
  • Electives – 15 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p. 36
2 “Social Science” shall be interpreted to mean Anthropology 101; Economics (BSAD 201,202); Political Science 202,203; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; History 101,102,112,201,202 (other than that course used for History requirement).

The Associate in Business is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university, major in business and earn a baccalaureate degree. The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Business Degree:

  • English 101, 102  –  6 hours
  • Computer Science   –  3 hours
  • History  –  3 hours
  • SMC 101, 2011 – 1-2 hours
  • Literature  –  3 hours
  • Mathematics 112 – 3 hours
  • Mathematics 210 or 221 –  3 – 4 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201, or MILI  –  2 -3 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication  – 3 hours
  • Religion 103, 211, 212, 215, or 220 –  3 hours
  • Business Administration –  BSAD 201, 202, 205, 206 – 12 hours
  • Science –  8 hours
  • Electives   –   12 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative  Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p.36.
2 Select 2 courses from the Math courses listed above.   Math 112 is not a pre-requisite for the other Math courses listed.
3 “Social Science” shall be interpreted to mean Anthropology 101; Economics (BSAD 201,202); Political Science 202,203; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; History 101,102,112,201,202 (other than that course used for History requirement).
4 Most advisement models for those entering the disciplines of Science, Nursing, Engineering, and others will require more than 8 hours of Science.

The College enrolls some students whose employment goals, interests, abilities or other personal circumstances to do not include plans for a baccalaureate degree.  In order to respond to the special needs of these students and to the needs of the marketplace, the College has developed an associate degree career curriculum to help meet these educational needs in the field of Criminal Justice.

The Associate in Criminal Justice degree prepares students to enter one or the many career fields in Criminal Justice or law enforcement or to transfer to four-year degree programs in Criminal Justice. Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice should consult with their academic advisors and plan their courses in accordance with the transfer and articulation agreements which Spartanburg Methodist College has completed with colleges offering a baccalaureate degree in the discipline. This degree relies upon a strong core of liberal arts and social science courses and includes criminal justice courses essential to the student’s success in the career field. The following courses are offered in the Criminal Justice curriculum:

A total of 63 semester credit hours are required to graduate. Those must include the following credit hours:

  • English 101, 102 – 6 hours
  • Computer Science – 3 hours
  • History – 3 hours
  • SMC 101, 2011 – 2 hours
  • Literature – 3 hours
  • Mathematics (112 or higher) – 3-4 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201 or MILI – 2 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Religion 103, 211, 212, 215, or 220 – 3 hours
  • Science – 4 hours
  • Social Science² – 6 hours
  • Criminal Justice 101, 112, 203, 212 – 12 hours
  • Criminal Justice 110 or 210 – 3 hours
  • Criminal Justice 202 or 220 – 3 hours
  • Electives (to be chosen in consultation with advisor) – 7 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p. 36
2 “Social Science” shall be interpreted to mean Anthropology 101; Economics (BSAD 201,202); Political Science 202,203; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; History 101,102,112,201,202 (other than that course used for History requirement).

The Associate in Fine Arts is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university and major in music, art, drama or the fine arts. Students must carefully plan their program of study with a fine arts adviser.  The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Fine Arts Degree:

  • English 101, 102  –  6 hours
  • Computer Science   –  3 hours
  • History 101  –  3 hours
  • SMC 101, 2011 – 1-2 hours
  • Literature  –  3 hours
  • Mathematics 112 (or higher) – 3 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201, or MILI  –  2 -3 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication  – 3 hours
  • Religion 103, 211, 212, 215, or 220 –  3 hours
  • ARTS 201, DRAM 101, MUSI 201 (choose one outside of specific discipline) or ENGL 206   – 3 hours
  • Science –  8 hours
  • ANTH 101, PSYC 101, PHIL 201, HIST 102 or HIST 112  –   6 hours
  • ARTS, DRAM, MUSI to be chosen in consultation  with advisor, within the student’s discipline(s)  of choice   –  15 hours
  • Electives   –   3 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative  Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p. 36.

The Associate in Religious  Studies degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to colleges or universities to earn the baccalaureate degree. The degree also serves those students who plan to work as lay leaders in local church ministry.  The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Religious Studies Degree:

  • English 101, 102  –  6 hours
  • Computer Science   –  3 hours
  • History (6) or History (3) and (3) of Social Science (other than the Social Science requirement)2 –  6 hours
  • SMC 101, 2011 – 2 hours
  • Literature  –  3 hours
  • Mathematics(112 or higher) –  3 or 4 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201, or MILI  –  2 -3 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication  – 3 hours
  • Religion 103 –  3 hours
  • Religion 211 – 3 hours
  • Religion 212 – 3 hours
  • Religion 215 – 3 hours
  • Religion 220, 230, 240, or Phil 201 – 3 hours
  • Religion 220, 230, 240 or Phil 201 – 3 hours
  • PSYC 101 – 3 hours
  • Science –  8 hours
  • Social Science2 – 3 hours
  • Electives   –   3 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative  Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p. 36.

2 “Social Science” shall be interpreted to mean Anthropology 101; Economics (BSAD 201, 202); Political Science 202, 203; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; History 101, 102, 112,  201, 202 (other than that course used for History requirement)

FAQ

Q: What can I do with this degree?
A: This degree is designed to prepare students to pursue a ministry or religious studies degree at a four year college or university. Students who have taken religion courses at SMC have successfully transferred to such colleges as Anderson University, Brevard College, Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, High Point University, Montreat College, Newberry College, North Greenville University, Southern Wesleyan University, University of South Carolina, Wofford College, and many others. It provides an introduction to religious studies that serves as the starting point for those interested in clergy or lay ministry.

Q: My work schedule will not enable me to be a full-time student. Can I still work toward this degree?
A: Yes, students may enroll either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Q: Is financial aid available for this degree?
A: Yes.You are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the variety of programs available. More than 90% of our students qualify for financial assistance.

Q: Is this program available only to United Methodists?
A: This program is designed to meet the needs of all students regardless of religious affiliation. Spartanburg Methodist College has a religiously diverse student body.

Q: What opportunities outside the classroom are available to enhance this degree program?
A: The Theta Lambda Nu religion/philosophy fraternity is open to all students interested in the study of religion. SMC also sponsors a Symposium on Faith and Society and other lectures by outstanding leaders in the fields of religion and philosophy. Students are encouraged to be actively engaged in Chapel and other religious life activities.

The Associate in Science degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university and major in business, computer science, mathematics, or the natural and physical sciences. This degree is also designed for those students planning to pursue the allied health or pre-professional degree for areas such as medicine, veterinary medicine, preparation as a pharmacist, or for those wishing to be certified to teach in the mathematics or sciences subject areas. In the pre-professional areas of nursing, medicine, and engineering, students may not be able to complete all of the required courses at Spartanburg Methodist College. Students in these areas must work closely with their advisers and follow the transfer institution’s articulation agreement with Spartanburg Methodist College. The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Science Degree:A total of 63 semester credit hours are required to graduate. Those must include the following credit hours:

  • English 101, 102 – 6 hours
  • Computer Science – 3 hours
  • History – 3 hours
  • SMC 101, 2011 –  2 hours
  • Literature – 3 hours
  • Mathematics 121,122,210,221,222 or 112² – 6 or 8 hours
  • PHED 121, Health 101, 201, or MILI – 2 or 3 hours
  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Religion 103, 211, 212, 215, or 220  – 3 hours
  • Social Science3 – 3 hours
  • Science (Other than Physical Science)4 – 8 hours
  • Electives – 21 hours

1 See catalog paragraph “Alternative Course Requirements” for transfer and non-traditional students’ requirements, p.36.
2 Select 2 courses from the Math courses listed above. Math 112 is not a pre-requisite for the other Math courses listed.
3 “Social Science” shall be interpreted to mean Anthropology 101; Economics (BSAD 201,202); Political Science 202,203; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; History 101,102,112,201,202 (other than that course used for History requirement).
4 Most advisement models for those entering the disciplines of Science, Nursing, Engineering, and others
will require more than 8 hours of Science.