Oakton Community College offers students the opportunity to tailor their educational experience. A special area of study or concentration supports students interested in selecting courses in the liberal arts and sciences that focus on a specific subject. This benefits students by making interdisciplinary connections among various general education courses, by creating a community of learners with similar interests who take classes together, and by permitting students to engage in more in-depth study in their area of interest, while completing general education requirements.

A student who successfully completes work in an Oakton special area of study or concentration will have an annotation on his or her official Oakton transcript noting this achievement. Upon request, the college will also provide a letter to transfer institutions affirming completion. These special areas of study and concentrations comply with Oakton prerequisite and degree requirements, including general education, course placements, and admission requirements for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

See STEM Transfer Recommendations for information about Oakton courses recommended for students wishing to pursue bachelor’s degrees in science, computer science, or mathematics.