AA Degree Transfer Requirements

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree is a 90–credit transfer degree that fulfills the general education requirements for most baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences. To earn the A.A. degree, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in courses numbered 100 and above, complete at least 15 credits at the Seattle Community College awarding the degree, and meet the requirements outlined below.

Students should contact college advising offices for listings of courses that satisfy degree requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four–year institution should be aware that they must complete all admission requirements for their destination institution. In addition, students are encouraged to give early consideration to possible majors and obtain information about requirements for these majors at their destination college or university.


Learning Outcomes

The Seattle Colleges A.A. degree is designed to fulfill a set of desired learning outcomes for the general education of a college undergraduate in the United States in the 21st century. Students completing the Associate of Arts degree should:

  1. Have college–level knowledge and skills in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and written composition.
  2. Have college–level mastery of information literacy and technology literacy.
  3. Have effective skills for in–person and media–based interactions with individuals and within groups.
  4. Understand methods and modes of inquiry specific to traditional and contemporary areas of knowledge in the humanities and arts, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences.
  5. Understand the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge.
  6. Understand the United States as a multicultural society.
  7. Understand the global society and processes of globalization from mostly, but not exclusively, non–Western and indigenous perspectives.

College Transfer A.A. Degree Requirements

Type Credits
Basic Requirements15
Electives 30
Areas of Knowledge Distribution Requirements 45
A.A. Degree Total 90 Credits

Special Requirements

Within the 90 credits required for the A.A. degree, students must complete special requirements in Integrated Studies, Communication, U.S. Culture and Global Studies, as listed below. Students should consult their college advising office for a current listing of these courses. Specially designated courses that satisfy these requirements differ by college. Special designation credit for courses taken at one of the Seattle Colleges will transfer to other colleges in the district.

  • At least 8 credits of Integrated Studies. (This requirement may be met through specially designated individual courses, linked courses, or coordinated studies programs.)
  • At least one course in Communication.
  • At least one course in U.S. Cultures.
  • At least one course in Global Studies.

For details on the courses that meet these special requirements, enrolled students can run Degree Audit or or download an A.A. degree planning sheet on the Transfer Degrees page.


Basic Requirements: 15 Credits

Requirements: English 101 and English 102 (10 credits) and Intermediate Algebra Proficiency. All students must demonstrate proficiency in Intermediate Algebra.

For details, enrolled students can run Degree Audit or download an A.A. degree planning sheet on the Transfer Degrees page.


Quantitative / Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits)

Students completing the QSR requirement will be able to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning to understand, analyze, interpret and solve problems. These courses may also satisfy the QSR requirement at baccalaureate institutions. Students should check the requirements of their destination institution.

For details, enrolled students can run Degree Audit or download an A.A. degree planning sheet on the Transfer Degrees page.


Electives: 30 Credits

An A.A. degree planning sheet on the Transfer Degrees page has up–to–date information about courses that can count toward the elective requirement.


Distribution Requirements, Areas of Knowledge (45 Credits)

Humanities & Arts | Social Sciences | Science & Math

Course listings often change. Students should confer with their college advising office for the most current information, run Degree Audit, or consult an A.A. degree planning sheet on the Transfer Degrees page.

Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (Humanities & Arts): 15 Credits

Courses in this area include languages, literature, art, music, drama, and communication. Choices must include a minimum of two different course prefixes, and no more than 5 credits each of a world language at the 100 level and a studio / performance class may be applied to the distribution requirements.

Individuals, Cultures, & Societies (Social Sciences): 15 Credits

Courses in this area include social sciences such as anthropology, psychology, and sociology, as well as areas of study like history, philosophy, and ethnic and gender studies. Choices must include a minimum of two different course prefixes.

Natural World: Natural & Physical Sciences, Mathematics: 15 Credits

Courses in this area include science and social science courses. Choices must include a minimum of two different prefixes; five credits must be in a lab science.

Total Credits Required for Associate of Arts Degree: 90 Credits

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