Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Honors. This degree option is designed for the purpose of transfer to a competitive and/or honors bachelor’s degree at another college or university.


Coursework will include completing 40 credits (at least 12 credits designated as Honors courses) from the following Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goals: Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences, Mathematics/Logical Reasoning, History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities – The Arts, Literature, and Philosophy. RCTC’s Liberal Arts and Sciences degree also requires credits from the following areas: Human Diversity, Ethic and Civic Responsibility, Global Perspective, and People and the Environment.

The Honors Program Core requirements include a 1 credit prerequisite course (INFS 2915) and a 1 credit capstone course (HONR 2900).


Current students eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa (GPA of 3.5 after completing 12 credits) will receive an invitation to apply to the Honors Program.

High School Students with a GPA of 3.5 will receive an invitation to apply to the honors Program.

Permission from the Honors Coordinator.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Honors degree is 60 credits in length comprising 40 credits of General Education (of which 12 credits must be designated as Honors courses) meeting the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Requirements. There are also 2 credits of Honors Program Core requirements, 3 credits of health and physical education and 15 elective credits included in the 60-credit total.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework any semester. Some courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with an advisor or counselor to plan appropriately.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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Additional Information

Students entering RCTC with less than 12 college credits at the time of admission and pursuing an RCTC Associate of Arts degree are required to take the FYEX 1000 College Success Strategies course. The course must be successfully completed during students’ first two semesters and is highly recommended to be taken the first semester. Please see an advisor for additional information.

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Overview content updated: 2018-06-05