Associate in Arts Degree
A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time
Associate in Arts Degree — AA Degree (60 credits)
Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum — MnTC Notation (40 credits)
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) have a common general education curriculum called
General Education Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
The MnTC is an agreement signed by all Minnesota two- and four-year public colleges and universities to support the transfer of coursework and
credits in general education. When you complete the Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum at one of the participating
colleges/universities and then transfer to any other Minnesota public baccalaureate degree granting university, you will have fulfilled all
lower-division general education requirements. Within the 40 credits required, there are ten goals. The AFA, AS and the AAS degrees and the
diplomas and certificates at Century College also use MnTC courses to fulfill their general education requirements.
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is in place to help you meet the social, personal, and career challenges of the 21st Century. Therefore, the
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum commits all public colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota to a broad educational foundation that
integrates a body of knowledge and skills with a study of contemporary concerns. The goals and competencies emphasize our common membership in the
human community; our personal responsibility for intellectual, lifelong learning; and an awareness that we live in a diverse world. They include
diverse ways of knowing-that is, the factual content, the theories and methods, and the creative modes of a broad spectrum of disciplines and
interdisciplinary fields-as well as emphasis on the basic skills of discovery, integration, application and communication.
completing 40 credits
satisfying all 10 goal areas
The goal areas include:
Goal 1 - Communication:
Minimum of 10 credits including ENGL 1021, ENGL 1022, and at least one 3-credit Communication course from COMM 1021, 1031, 1041, or 1051.
Goal 2 - Critical Thinking:
Fulfilled when all MnTC goals are complete.
Goal 3 - Sciences:
Minimum of 7 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines, with at least one lab course.
Goal 4 - Math/Logical Reasoning:
Minimum of 3 credits. Courses must be numbered between MATH 1020 and 1082 or PHIL 1041.
Goal 5 - History/Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses from three different disciplines.
Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts:
Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses, at least one of which must be a literature course, from three different disciplines.
3 credits in each of four Goals 7-10. NOTE: May be fulfilled by courses from Goals 1-6,since many of those courses also meet Goals 7-10, or can
be fulfilled with additional courses listed separately under Goals 7-10.
- Goal 7 - Human Diversity
- Goal 8 - Global Perspective
- Goal 9 - Ethical and Civil Responsibility
- Goal 10 - People and the Environment
See MnTC Course List for options in each goal area.
The Associate in Arts degree (AA) is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college to complete a bachelor's degree. It
can generally 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. Many students choose to concentrate in a particular field of study or pre-major as preparation for a
planned major at a four-year college or university. At least 40 of the 60 credits must be taken within the Minnesota General Education Transfer
Curriculum (MnTC). In addition to the 40 credit MnTC, the AA requires you to complete 18 additional credits, which may be MnTC goal fulfilling
courses, pre-major requirements, second language requirements or electives and 2 credits in Health/Physical Education.
An Associate in Arts degree allows you to complete both general education requirements and pre-major requirements for wide range of majors and
programs at four-year colleges and universities. You should consult with a Century counselor so that you can be sure courses taken at Century
fulfill the requirements of a particular field of study, and contact the transfer institution. Listed below are examples of the bachelor's degree
or pre-professional programs you may begin at Century:
Women and Gender Studies**
* Pre-professional programs
** Century College Certificate available; see program listing.
Minnesota's public colleges and universities are working to make transfer easier for you. You can help if you plan ahead, ask questions, and use
the established pathways created by transfer agreements. Century counselors will assist you in planning the sequence of courses necessary to
fulfill transfer program requirements. You can find copies of transfer guides for many of these programs in the Counseling Center, West Campus and
on the Century website. In addition, many colleges and universities send representatives to Century to answer your questions.
If you are thinking about transferring, please follow these steps:
1. Discuss your plans with a Century counselor.
2. Call or visit your intended transfer college and the website. Obtain the following materials and information:
information on admissions criteria and on materials required for admission (e.g., portfolio, transcripts, test scores, etc.). Please remember
that some majors have limited enrollments or their own special requirements such as a higher grade point average.
information on financial aid (how to apply and the dead-line date).
3. After you have reviewed these materials, make an appointment to talk with an advisor/counselor in the college or program you want to enter. When
you meet, be sure to ask about course transfer and admission criteria.
4. Refer to the Transfer pages on the Century website, Transfer Guide located at the back of the
Century catalog, the Minnesota Transfer website www.mntransfer.org,
and the Select Course Transfer System website www.uselectmn.org
for more information.
5. In addition, each fall, Century College Counseling Center hosts "Transfer Information Days" for students which can help you in your planning
process. See the Century website or Student Newsletter for dates and more information.
6. Plan Ahead - Any student who anticipates transferring to a four-year school should plan an appropriate program (both general education and major
requirements) with a Century counselor and their transfer college/university prior to, and during, enrollment at Century College.
Articulation agreements facilitate your credit transfer and provide you with a smooth transition from one related degree program to another.
Century College has formed articulation agreements with a number of public and private institutions of higher learning in Minnesota, North Dakota
and Wisconsin to help you with your transfer goals, go to www.mntransfer.org/students/plan/s_agreements.php to search by program or
institution. Please see a counselor if you would like to discuss specific agreement benefits and requirements or if you need in further help or
Century College has articulation agreements for the AA and/or MnTC to transfer to many four-year institutions.
All MnSCU Colleges and Universities
College of St. Scholastica
Concordia University-St. Paul
North Dakota State University
- St. Catherine University
University of Minnesota
University of North Dakota
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
University of Wisconsin-Stout
The agreement with all the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) 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.
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is divided into ten areas of emphasis, known as goals. You may transfer the MnTC in each of the following ways to
another MnSCU college or university:
1. As an entire package: If you complete the transfer curriculum at one institution, it will be accepted as completion of the transfer curriculum at
2. As a goal area: completion of a goal area of the MnTC at one institution will be accepted as a goal completion at Century College.
3. As courses within goal areas: If you complete a course which is included as part of a goal area at the sending institution, it will be accepted for
full credit within the same goal area at Century College. When a course you have taken meets requirements for two different goal areas at a sending
institution, the course will be accepted in transfer at Century College for the same two goal areas.
An agreement with the University of Minnesota provides that an Associate in Arts Degree or MnTC will satisfy the Liberal Education requirements.
These agreements do not guarantee the transfer of every course or eliminate the need to plan for pre-major requirements.
If you would like more information, please check the Minnesota Transfer website.
Century College's transfer webpage
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) indicates courses completed at Century College, along with transfer courses and those courses
which fulfill specific degree/program requirements.
offers information on transfers and transfer planning within Minnesota, links to other states' transfer sites,
and direct links to most other regionally-accredited Minnesota schools.
for Minnesota schools and selected Wisconsin schools may be found under "Transfer Resources."
Uselect is a nationwide web-based course transfer system that offers information about course
descriptions and equivalencies and academic program planning and requirements.