Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Overview
– The Associate in Arts Degree (AA) is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. It can be considered the first two years of a four-year degree program. The AA Degree is a general liberal arts degree and no specific major is listed in conjunction with the degree. However, many students choose to concentrate in a particular field of study as preparation for a planned major at a four-year college or university.
– At least 40 credits of the 60 credit AA Degree must be taken within the Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) outlined in the AA Degree program planner.
– An agreement with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) provides that the Central Lakes College Associate in Arts Degree or MnTC will satisfy all of the lower-division general education requirements at any of the state universities.
– An agreement with the University of Minnesota, provides that an Associate in Arts Degree or MnTC will satisfy the Liberal Education requirements.
– Central Lakes College also has agreements with private and out-of-state institutions including Augsburg College, Bethany Lutheran College, College of St. Scholastica, Concordia University-St. Paul, St. Mary’s University, Mayville State University, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Northland College, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and University of Wisconsin-Superior that allow easy transfer of the AA Degree.
– Any student who anticipates transferring to a four-year college or university should plan an appropriate program (both general education and major requirements) with one of the counselor’s prior to, and during, enrollment at Central Lakes College.
An Associate in Arts Degree earned at Central Lakes College is recommended as the transfer degree that enables a student to transfer to a Minnesota four-year public 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.
The following additional schools accept the AA Degree as satisfying their general education requirements.
Minnesota: Argosy University, Augsburg College, Bethany Lutheran College, Capella University, College of St. Scholastica, Concordia University-St. Paul, and St. Mary’s University.
North Dakota: Mayville State University, North Dakota State University, and the University of North Dakota.
Wisconsin: Northland College, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior.