Liberal Arts & Sciences

associate In ArtsEarn Your General Education at SCC
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is awarded for successful completion of a 60 semester credit program in Liberal Arts & Sciences and is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Although no specific major is listed in conjunction with this degree, students may choose to concentrate in a particular field of study in preparation for a planned major or professional emphasis at a four-year college or university.  An AA degree must include the entire 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) specified below, which, pursuant to Minnesota statute, must transfer to any institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System or to the University of Minnesota.

Students often want to begin their education by starting their General Education coursework. SCC offers several options for completing General Education coursework. Options include the Associate in Arts Degree, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, and general education transfer credit. SCC offers General Education courses on both our North Mankato and Faribault campuses during the day, evening, and online. South Central College has developed several concentrations to help you focus your liberal arts education while at our college.  A concentration in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree allows you to meet the requirement of the A.A., meet transfer requirements, and focus on a particular academic discipline. While the concentration might not meet all the first two years of requirements for a baccalaureate degree in the discipline, it will prepare you for the upper division study in the field. And, you get to focus on the topic you are interested in. Students are strongly encouraged to develop an educational plan with their academic advisor to ensure that program requirements are fulfilled for their program option. 

Within the major there are a number of concentrations to choose from:

  • Communication
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Psychology


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