Areas of Study (AoS)
Austin Community College (ACC) offers 10 Areas of Study that unite degree- and certificate-seeking students based on their declared majors and areas of interest. Academic programs within each Area of Study (AoS) share common transfer paths, career tracks, and ways of looking at the world. Visit Academic & Career Programs for more information.
The Areas of Study at ACC are:
- Arts, Digital Media & Communication (ADM&C)
- Business (B)
- Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT)
- Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism (CH&T)
- Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies (DMC&AT)
- Education (E)
- Health Sciences (HS)
- Liberal Arts (LA)
- Public & Social Services (P&SS)
- Science, Engineering & Math (SE&M)
Each Area of Study has degree and certificate plans, or pathways, designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by offering simplified, streamlined, and targeted course selection. The pathways are intended to help you register for the courses you need to stay on a path to completion and success. These Areas of Study pathways provide assigned advisors, academic support, career-related extracurricular activities, and engaging student life activities.
You must choose an Area of Study when you apply to ACC but you can change to another Area of Study if your interests or goals change. Your advisor can help you select the Area of Study and program that best meets your needs. You should choose an Area of Study and program that fits your transfer and career plans.
You must declare a major, or program of study, before the end of your first semester at ACC. If you are receiving financial aid, you must declare a major upon application to the college in order to receive your funds. To declare or change your major, make an appointment to see an Area of Study advisor.