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Associate of Arts The Associate of Arts degree may be a path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain of your future academic plans. The Arts and Sciences transfer program will provide you with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete upper-division courses at four-year colleges or universities. This degree is also a great way to begin if a student wants to “try” college, even without having decided on a major area of study. Courses in this degree teach strong communication skills, cultural knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving strategies. These skills prepare any student, transfer or otherwise, to be competitive in the workforce. Because the degree requires study in different areas, it acquaints students with many fields of study and can help students choose a major. Within the Associate of Arts degree, NCC offers a Learning Community, designed specifically to help students find a college major and career path. After completion of the Associate of Arts degree, most students are prepared to enter a baccalaureate program as juniors. Over the years, NCC students have had excellent success transferring college credit courses to four-year institutions (and perform well when they transfer). The College has established articulation agreements with many colleges and universities, and these agreements smooth the transition from the associate degree to a baccalaureate course of study. Advisors can help discuss transfer options with students. NCC offers transfer courses in Business, Communications, Computer Literacy, Education, Health, Human Resources, Humanities, Journalism, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Science in a variety of settings with flexible schedules. Entrance Expectations You may be required to take the COMPASS test before acceptance to NCC. Because Arts and Sciences courses are quite challenging, students with low COMPASS scores may be required to take developmental courses at NCC before enrolling in transfer courses. Choosing Your Classes You need to plan your course of study carefully to ensure that you meet entrance and major requirements of the four-year institution you plan to attend. To avoid any problems you should: 1. Check the course requirements for the transfer institution. Some majors leave little room for electives. Students in these majors should take courses that fulfill these requirements. 2. Check the transferability of classes. Generally, NCC classes transfer to four year institutions, but requirements may vary. Many institutions require a grade of “C” or better for transfer purposes. 3. Check the total number of credit hours necessary to graduate from your chosen college or university. Work closely with the Registrar at your transfer institution to determine how many credits you need to graduate. If you have not decided upon a major and/or transfer institution, you are strongly encouraged to pursue career counseling or devote time to exploring various majors with your advisor. It is important that you contact the four-year college or university you plan to attend to assure that the courses you take at NCC will transfer appropriately into your major. Associate of Arts Degree Four Semesters Full or part-time students may begin at anytime Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2016–2017 46


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