Liberal Arts/Transfer A.A. Degree

Associate of Arts Degree – Four-Year College Transfer

Associate of Arts Degree Program Planning Form (pdf)

An Associate of Arts Degree earned at Central Lakes College is recommended as the transfer degree that enables a student to transfer to a Minnesota four-year college or university. Through special agreements, the A.A. Degree, in most cases, allows a student to continue with a “junior status” at the selected state university. Included in the Associate of Arts Degree is the MINNESOTA GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER CURRICULUM which contains the minimum number of credits (40) needed to complete general education requirements at all public colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota.

  • These requirements apply to new students, and students who have been absent from this college one academic year or longer.
  • At least one semester before you plan to graduate, complete an Application to Graduate.
  • A total of 60 college level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses is required to complete the MnTC.
  • 15 credits must be earned at Central Lakes College to be eligible for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • Classes may meet requirements for more than one goal area, but credit will not be awarded for any course twice.

Transfer Pathway Degrees

Save time and money as you work towards graduation. Transfer Pathway Degrees are designed so you can complete a specific associate degree at Central Lakes College and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or having to take extra courses.

Transfer Pathway Degrees at CLC

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC)

Central Lakes College’s version of the Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum is a 40-credit course cluster designed to transfer by formal agreement to all Minnesota public colleges and universities where it will meet all lower division general education requirements. It is certified by the faculty of CLC as meeting the goals and student competencies for general education agreed to by the faculties and official administrative representatives of all Minnesota public higher education systems.

This curriculum identifies the knowledge and skills people need to participate successfully in a complex and changing world. Its courses emphasize our common membership in the human community; our personal need for intellectual fulfillment achieved through lifelong learning, and our daily involvement in a diverse world. Courses emphasize diverse ways of knowing, factual content, theories and models, and the creative modes of a broad spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. Emphasized equally are the basic skills of discovery, integration, application, and communication. Students must complete courses in 10 goals of the MNTC. Grades of D- or higher will transfer into the MNTC. To complete the MNTC, a student must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in MNTC courses.

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