Start on the path to a four-year degree with an associate of arts degree.
A well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences provides the basis for lifelong learning. By earning an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences at Minnesota State College Southeast, you will gain a credential you can take with you to transfer into a four-year university program as a college junior.
The study of liberal arts and sciences isn't just about memorizing facts -- it's learning how to learn, so you will be prepared to adapt to an ever-changing world. You are not training for a specific job, but gaining the communications and reasoning skills that will enhance your career opportunities in any area you might pursue in the future.
There is an increasing national need for all working-age adults to possess at least two years of higher education. Our region's workforce communities have indicated that they are seeking "well-rounded" individuals who possess strong critical thinking, problem solving, and communications skills. With an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences you will be better qualified to pursue your career options.
Students can finish an Associate of Arts degree within four semesters at MSC Southeast. All essential courses are offered every semester and the college offers evening classes, online classes and hybrid classes. A full array of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are available at both the Red Wing and Winona campuses.
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Associate of Arts
degree general requirements
A minimum of 60 semester credits.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0.
4. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied
toward the degree must be taken at Minnesota State College Southeast.
5. Completion of the specific degree
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)Requirements – A minimum of 40 credits to complete all 10 goal areas. A MnTC course may satisfy more than one goal
area, however, the credits only count once.
CORE GOAL AREAS:
Goal 1 Communication (Three courses)
- 9 credits
Goal 2 Critical
Thinking (met when 40
MnTC credits satisfying all 10 goal areas has been completed) Goal 3 Natural Science (Two science
courses from at least two different subject areas. One course must have a
traditional lab and the other must have a traditional lab or lab-like
experience.) - 6-8 credits Goal 4
Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (One course) - 3 credits Goal 5 History and the
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Three courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9
credits Goal 6 The Humanities
and Fine Arts (3
courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9 credits
– College Writing 1 (3 credits)
– College Writing 2 (3 credits)
College Speech OR COMM1228 Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
THEME GOAL AREAS: Goal 7 Human Diversity
(One course) - 3 credits Goal 8 Global
Perspective (One course) - 3 credits Goal 9 Ethical and
Civic Responsibility (One course) - 3 credits
Goal 10 People and the Environment
(One course) -3 credits
Total minimum credits to complete the MnTC ten goal
areas: 40 credits
In addition to completing the MnTC,
the remaining 20 credits will include:
and Wellness Requirement, 2 credits
Requirement, 2 credits
Additional Electives, 16 credits (select
coursework appropriate to the student’s anticipated transfer program)
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An Associate of Arts degree is the foundation of your future education. This degree is designed for transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. However, the lifelong skills and abilities mastered in the Associate of Arts program will serve students who may enter the workforce directly after completing the degree.
- Effectively read, write, speak, and listen in formal English
- Demonstrate self and group awareness
- Apply appropriate use of technology to increase digital literacy
- Gather, analyze, and use information to solve problems and support opinions
A.A. Degree or Transfer Curriculum Planning Worksheet (PDF)
- Build skills and knowledge that will remain relevant today, tomorrow, and beyond
- Gain high-demand critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
- Meet general education requirements needed for transfer
- Choose electives that are appropriate for your planned transfer program
- Small class sizes and dedicated faculty
Instructors teach in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department of the college. See Faculty Bios