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About the Program

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 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.

Start ANY degree at Century! 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 or advisor so that you can be sure courses taken at Century fulfill the requirements of a particular field of study, and contact the transfer institution. 

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

The Minnesota State system has a common general education curriculum called the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or 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 MnTC and then transfer to any other Minnesota State institution, you will have fulfilled all lower-division general education requirements. It also transfers to the University of Minnesota plus many private and out-of-state schools. 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.

Planning for Your Program

  • Transferology -

    Check how your courses transfer in and out from Century College through Transferology.

  • Minnesota Transfer -

    This site is your connection to resources about transfer options such as transfer basics, planning tools, application process, etc.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Marlena Yang
Marlena Yang - Associate of Arts Alum

"Class sizes were small enough to engage with my fellow peers as well as develop a strong student-instructor relationship. I believe that helped me to be successful in the classroom and beyond."


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