Associate of Arts

Department Chair: Kaleen Peterson,, (701)845-7302
Faculty Contact: Kaleen Peterson,, (701)845-7302
Department Office: McFarland 322B, (701)845-7302
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

The Associate of Arts degree is an undergraduate academic degree earned by students who complete a range of courses in the general education areas and also in areas of the student's interest. The program of study requiring 60 credits is designed to be completed in two years. Associate of Arts degree completion is beneficial to students who are pursuing a career field requiring an AA degree or desiring to work toward a four-year bachelor's degree at a later time. The coursework involved in an Associate of Arts degree is well-suited for an eventual liberal arts bachelor's degree in a wide variety of subject areas.


English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select one of the following:4
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities & Fine Arts
Select a total of 6 credits from two different prefixes:6
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Requirements
Select any additional course from Mathematics, Lab Science, or Technology:3
Select any additional course from the Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Science categories:3
Select any courses23
Total Credits60