Liberal Arts and Sciences

Career/Program Overview

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


Coursework will include completing 40 credits 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.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Associate in Arts degree is 60 credits in length comprising 40 credits of General Education meeting the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Requirements. There are also 3 credits of health and physical education and 17 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. This degree is also available entirely online.


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