Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement

Credits: 90  |   Length of Program: 6 quarters

Subject: Humanities

Associate in Arts - (DTA)

The Associate in Arts is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university. Students who successfully complete degree requirements and elective courses recommended for their specific area of study will transfer to most four-year degree programs with junior standing. 

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners. The College’s general education program intended to meet the transfer requirements of the four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Arts degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences
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Additional Information

In planning this degree students need to work closely with their advisor or a counselor as although the Associate in Arts Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet specific department requirements.  (For example, business, engineering, education, etc.)

To earn an Associate in Arts degree all courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above).  A minimum of 75 of the 90 credits required for the degree must be from the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science – Direct Transfer Agreement. Copies of the list are available on line at  A maximum of 12 credits will be allowed for courses numbered 100 or above that are not on the GE list.  A class can only count once toward General Education requirements. For example, MATH 205 will satisfy either QUANTITATIVE or NATURAL SCIENCE course requirements, but not both. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college-level courses required.

Revision Date: 
May 1, 2020