Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, and online courses.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time.

About the Program

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) degree is a general liberal arts degree. The AA is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. It can generally be considered the first two years of a four-year degree program. Many students choose to concentrate on a particular field of study or pre-major as preparation for a planned bachelor’s degree and major at a college or university. At least 40 of the 60 credits are taken to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). In addition to the 40 credit MnTC, the AA requires students to complete STSC 1021 or STSC 1050, 2 credits in Health/Physical Education, and 16 additional credits, which may include additional MnTC courses, pre-major requirements, second language requirements, computer literacy courses, or electives, based on each student’s needs and intended educational goals.

Start ANY degree at Century! An Associate in Arts degree allows you to complete both general education requirements and pre-major requirements for a 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, the application process, etc.

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Cost & Financial Aid

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 qualify 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 Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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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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    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Dr. Breyer-Peterson has a true passion for teaching psychology and educating people about mental health. She has been a full-time faculty member at Century College since 2011 and currently teaches General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, Abnormal Psychology, and Internship in Psychology. She is also a Licensed Psychologist, and has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, and the VAMC. Dr. Breyer-Peterson has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals which have been cited over 200 times. Dr. Breyer-Peterson coordinates the Mental and Behavioral Health Worker certificate and psychology internship in addition to teaching. She is also the director of Century’s Mental Health First Aid grant project, which provides free mental health training to students and employees.
    Teaching Approach: “I truly love teaching and helping all of my students succeed! I believe that we learn best when we are actually ‘doing something’ with the material, so in my classes, you will have frequent opportunities to engage in active and experiential learning and learn from one another. Since there often isn’t a ‘right’ answer in psychology, I also encourage students to think critically and scientifically as you learn new information. How does the information fit with your beliefs and experiences? Finally, I believe we can use what we learn in psychology to improve the lives of ourselves and others, so we often apply the information to real life so you can use what you learn immediately! I truly care about each of you, and strive to create an environment in my face-to-face and online courses where students feel they are understood, respected, and are comfortable seeking help. I am here to support you, encourage you, and help you succeed! Therefore, I frequently provide students with resources like a notes packet, study guide, and study tips to help you grow and develop as students. I love being a part of your academic journey and hope to see you in one of my classes!”
    Education: MA and PsyD, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
    Notable: Minnesota State Educator of the Year (2020); Minnesota State Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator Award; Minnesota Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Teaching
    Jessie Breyer-Peterson
    Faculty/Program Director