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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Sciences, AA

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 4902
CIP Code: 24.0101

Program Description

The Associate in Arts degree (AA) degree is a general liberal arts degree. The AA is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. It can generally be considered the first two years of a four-year degree program. Many students choose to concentrate in a particular field of study or pre-major as preparation for a planned bachelor’s degree and major at a college or university. At least 40 of the 60 credits are taken to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). In addition to the 40 credit MnTC, the AA requires students to complete STSC 1021 - College Success Strategies , 2 credits in Health/Physical Education, and 16 additional credits, which may include additional MnTC courses, pre-major requirements, second language requirements, computer literacy courses, or electives, based on each student’s needs and intended educational goals.



Electives, MnTC, 2nd Language and/or pre major


Physical Education/Health


STSC 1021: College Success Strategies


Total Associate in Arts Degree Credits









Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year school are encouraged to develop an appropriate academic plan (including both general education and major requirements) with their advisor or counselor. Also consult with representatives from the transfer college for detailed transfer admissions and college major requirements information.

Program Requirements

Career/Occupational Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Minimum of 7 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines with at least one traditional lab course

Total Credits: 7

Goal 4: Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 3 credits.
Courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Total Credits: 3

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses, at least ONE of which must be a literature course, from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of four Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 38

MnTC Elective Requirements (if needed to reach credit total)

Total Credits: 2

Additional Elective Requirements (if needed to reach credit total)

Total Credits: 16

Additional Requirements

Physical Education/Health
Select 2 credits in PE/HLTH. At least one of which must be an activity course in PE.

  • PE Activity Course (any course PE 1004-PE 2098) Credits: 1
  • PE/HLTH Physical Education/Health (any course PE 1004-PE 2098; HLTH 1001-HLTH 1075 if needed)

Total Credits: 2

Student Success

Total Credits: 2

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for transfer. An agreement with the Minnesota State system provides that Century College’s Associate in Arts Degree or MnTC will satisfy all of the lower-division general education requirements of any of the state universities. Individual MnTC courses will transfer into the same goal at any Minnesota State college or university. If the entire goal is completed at one Minnesota State institution, that goal will be considered complete at any other Minnesota State institution. Documentation of the goal completion, as in a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report from the sending college, is required. An agreement with the University of Minnesota provides that an Associate in Arts Degree or MnTC will satisfy the Liberal Education requirements. Century also has agreements with private and out-of-state schools including Augsburg College, College of St. Scholastica, Concordia University-St. Paul, North Dakota State University, St. Catherine University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and University of North Dakota that facilitate transfer of the AA degree and MnTC. These agreements do not guarantee the transfer of every course. Contact your advisor or counselor for assistance to develop a transfer plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  1. communicate clearly and effectively through writing and speaking.
  2. engage in disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.
  3. identify, discuss, and reflect upon global, cultural, and intellectual differences and explain how exploring these different kinds of diversity enrich human understanding.
  4. identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to explain the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship.
  5. generate academic, personal, and career goals and plans.

Program Contact Information

Liberal Arts Transfer Pathway, Advising, Counseling & Career Center, 651.779.3285 Room 2410 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Semester 3

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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