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Associate in Arts Degree

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)


The Associate in Arts degree represents the broad knowledge generally acquired in the first two years of a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. When you have earned the AA, you may transfer to a baccalaureate institution within the state of Washington with assurance that you have satisfied all or most of the basic requirements (General University Requirements/Distribution Requirements). This means, generally, that AA transfer students can begin work on their specialized, major-area course work as soon as they transfer.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for an Associate in Arts degree, you must complete a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 ("C" average).

The 90 credits must include the following:

Basic Skills   15 credits
Communication Skills   10 credits
  ENGL& 101  
  ENGL& 102  
  ENGL& 235  
Quantitative Skills*   5 credits

*Any quantitative reasoning course in math or philosophy for which Algebra II (Intermediate Algebra) is a prerequisite.

Humanities   15 credits

Select from at least three of the disciplines listed on the distribution list. No more than 5 credits in foreign language at the 100 level may apply.

Social Sciences   15 credits

Select from at least three disciplines on the distribution list.

Natural Sciences   15 credits

a. Select from at least two disciplines on the distribution list

b. Include at least one laboratory course.  

Health and Fitness   3 credits

Selected from either discipline listed on the distribution list.

Diversity   3 credits

A 3 to 5 credit course listed as a Diversity (D) course. Diversity courses carrying another distribution designation can be counted toward both distribution requirements.

Academic Electives   27 credits

A minimum of 27 elective credits are required. Elective courses may be selected to satisfy major emphasis requirements (see program summaries section), or to satisfy department requirements of the college/university you have chosen for transfer. If desired, you may include up to a maximum of 12 credits from courses numbered 100 and above that are not included on the ICRC approved electives list. A maximum of three (3) PE credits may be included in the AA degree.

Reviewed 2018