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About the Associate of Arts Program

The Associate of Arts Program is the largest program at Itasca Community College, graduating half of Itasca’s students, most of whom transfer to earn a four-year degree. The AA degree provides a broad liberal arts and science education that satisfies general education requirements at every public university in the state of Minnesota. ICC offers a vibrant campus life and student organizations, interdisciplinary events and speakers, and study-abroad opportunities. Small class sizes and personal attention allow students to work closely with counselors and faculty to explore their interests. The Associate of Arts Program is one of the reasons ICC is the best place to start.

The Associate of Arts degree gives students the freedom to choose from a wide variety of courses within liberal education. These choices allow the flexibility to complete general education requirements without committing to a specific four-year major. If students know their major, they can complete both general education requirements and some major field requirements before transferring to a four-year college. Students are urged to check program guide sheets for their chosen field of study.

The Associate of Arts degree also is recommended for students who are undecided about a major. The counselors at Itasca are transfer specialists. They are committed to working with students to ensure that the courses and degree programs selected are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer are strongly encouraged to select a major and set goals early in order to maximize the transferability of the courses selected at ICC. ICC has a gold-star ranking for transferring credits, with one of the highest rates in the Minnesota State system.

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Transfer students who are not interested in completing an associate degree at Itasca may complete the 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC). The MNTC is composed of general education courses selected from 10 goal areas. By completing the 40 credits, a student will fulfill the liberal education requirements at public four-year colleges throughout Minnesota.


Associate of Arts Degree Disciplines

Art Music Biology Math
Chemistry Philosophy Computer Science Physical Education
Earth Science Physics Economics Political Science
English Psychology Environmental Science Sociology
Geography Spanish History Speech