General Studies: Recreation and Outdoor Leadership Specialization

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General Studies Recreation and Outdoor Leadership Specialization


Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree


Four semesters (two-year) program


A significant number of college undergraduate students desire a more comprehensive two-year general degree program than the conventional curriculum. The Recreation and Outdoor Leadership specialization allows students the flexibility of moving into transfer programs in parks and outdoor recreation, sports management, tourism and events management, therapeutic recreation and similar fields of study. Some graduates satisfy their goals by completing the two-year program of general academic studies. Most general studies students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university as more specialized academic interests and aptitudes develop during the program of studies. The framework of academic standards for the associate of arts and sciences degree makes this possible.

Transfer Guidelines

The associate of arts and sciences degrees (AA&S) offered by LFCC provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree. The AA&S degree programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their university/four-year college counterparts in the areas of English, health/physical education, humanities, mathematics, science and social science.

To help facilitate the transfer process, each state-supported college and most private colleges in Virginia produce a Virginia Community College Transfer Guide. These transfer guides provide specific information about the transferability of courses and/or programs to their respective institutions. Transfer guides can be obtained directly from the college of interest or can be referenced in the Office of Student Success on both the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses. Students may also download many Virginia transfer guides.

Students should begin preparing for transfer as early as possible. Steps in this process include: making a career decision, identifying colleges which offer the intended program of study, examining available transfer guides and college catalogs, talking with transfer representatives, identifying program prerequisites, researching the academic competitiveness of the institutions and program under consideration, attending open house events offered by the colleges and exploring financial aid and housing opportunities.

LFCC offers many services and programs to assist the transfer student. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of their faculty advisor or counselor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.

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