College is a time of self-exploration and decision-making. Many students are uncertain of their path. Carroll faculty suggest that undecided students begin by selecting and exploring one of these Areas of Study. Students who have decided their academic path, should choose programs in accordance with their goals. Students who intend to transfer and have selected a transfer college, should select Arts and Sciences and meet with an academic advisor to assure appropriate course selection for specific transfer goals. Under the Arts and Sciences program, students may select courses to work toward future baccalaureate-degree requirements. Students who intend to enter the workforce or expand their skills in a career area may select one of the career programs. Courses within career programs have been selected to enhance employability; however, many students have transferred successfully with these degrees.
All new students will meet with an academic advisor, who can help select an appropriate program and introduce transfer resources. Undecided students are advised to declare an Area of Study as a major and strongly encouraged to take advantage of career decision-making resources. Contact Career Development, 410-386-8523. For each area of study, there is a recommended first term course list. Advisors will assist new students in selecting an area of study and appropriate first term courses. These courses are the first building block toward completing degrees related to each area of study.
Transfer Planning: Bachelor’s Degrees
The majority of Carroll students plan to transfer to four-year institutions after studying at Carroll Community College. From the time students select their first courses, they are making decisions that affect transfer of credits. The Advising and Transfer Center has a variety of resources to help with transfer planning. Staff maintain a library of college catalogs and information files for area colleges. Students may access online information at www.carrollcc.edu/transfer and from ARTSYS, Maryland’s transfer articulation system, at artweb.usmd.edu.
To facilitate transfer, Carroll has developed agreements with all state colleges and universities and with most private schools in Maryland, as well as many out-of-state schools. Students may begin taking courses toward any baccalaureate degree. Carroll Community College credits transfer to most colleges and universities. Care in course selection will prevent loss of credit. The Arts and Sciences program can serve as an umbrella program for any major.
The importance of consultation with an academic advisor before registering for each term cannot be overstressed. Consult an academic advisor in the Advising and Transfer Center or faculty advisor for assistance in choosing courses. It is each student’s responsibility to regularly meet with an academic advisor and utilize transfer resources. In all cases, transfer students should refer to receiving institution requirements when registering for Carroll courses.
Carroll offers several Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees. While the Arts and Sciences major can be used to create a personal customized transfer degree to any institution and program, there are several Associate of Arts in Arts and Sciences degree concentrations designed to transfer to baccalaureate study in popular majors.
Cooperative Programs/Transfer Recommendations
In addition to the bachelor’s degree transfer options, Carroll provides other transfer opportunities for students. Through association with community college and hospital partners, students may begin studying at Carroll and apply to complete specialized programs. See the specific program of study for information about the cooperating institution and requirements. These agreements do not guarantee admissions. Each program has its own admissions procedure. See a Carroll advisor in the Advising and Transfer Center, room A102, for assistance.