Liberal Arts & Sciences AA

The Liberal Arts & Sciences Associate of Arts (AA) degree is a 60 credit degree that is intended for students who plan to transfer to another public or private institution to complete a bachelor's degree. The degree is designed to satisfy the first two years of a bachelor's degree and includes the entire 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, which meets the general education requirements at public four-year universities in Minnesota. Unique to ATCC's AA degree is students have an opportunity to explore career and technical courses.

Since transferring credits involves approval from the "receiving" institution, to avoid taking unnecessary courses, it is important to investigate and plan coursework. The college is prepared to work with students as they address transfer issues.

For more information visit Minnesota Transfer at External Website: Minnesota Transfer -

Benefits of This Degree

  • Access to the most widely recognized undergraduate transfer degree available
  • Individualized advising
  • Flexible course scheduling
  • Program may be completed online

The requirements of this degree include:

  • 40 credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
    • Goal 1: Written & Oral Communications (9 credits) require at least 2 written (ENGL) and 1 oral (COMM) courses
    • Goal 2: Critical Thinking (0-3 credits). Taking 40 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum credits will also satisfy goal 2.
    • Goal 3: Natural Sciences (7-8 credits). One course must include a lab or lab-like component.
    • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (3 credits)
    • Goal 5: History & the Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits—2 courses)
    • Goal 6: The Humanities (6 credits—2 courses from a minimum of 2 disciplines)
    • Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 credits)
    • Goal 8: Global Perspective (3 credits)
    • Goal 9: Ethical & Civic Responsibility (3 credits)
    • Goal 10: People & the Environment (3 credits)
    • MnTC electives: selected from Goal areas 1-10 (6 credits)
  • Completion of six additional MnTC credits in Goal 5 (3 credits) and Goal 6 (3 credits).
  • 11-16 unrestricted elective credits
  • 2-3 credits technology literacy electives:
    • ITEC 1430 Intro to Computer
    • ITEC 1440 Beginning Personal Comp I
  • 1-3 credits wellness electives:
    • Any PHED course
    • BIOL1435 Principles of Nutrition
    • EXSC2605 Nutrition II
  • 1-3 credits workplace skills/career exploration electives:
    • COMM1439 Job Seeking/Keeping Skills
    • COMM1440 Communicating for Results
    • COMM1445 Advanced Communicating for Results
    • GSDV1400 Individualized Degree Planning

External Website: Visit ATCC Liberal Arts Facebook page.

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