Associate of Arts Degrees

Statewide Transfer Degree

An Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree provides a learning foundation in communications, social sciences, arts and humanities. Some students work toward the A.A. for purposes of personal enrichment. Many others plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their work toward baccalaureate degrees and pre-professional training in such fields as law, business, education, the arts. and social sciences.

You can complete this program in four semesters, going full-time and carrying the required number of hours. You may choose, due to personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion. The A.A. degree sometimes is referred to as a "university parallel" or "transfer" degree. The general education core requirements, when completed at CCD, meet the lower-division general education requirements of all public baccalaureate colleges and universities in Colorado.

As a graduate with an A.A., you may transfer into liberal arts programs in most public baccalaureate colleges and universities with junior standing. Courses to be counted toward the general education core curriculum must be completed with a grade of C or better. You should familiarize yourself with the full requirements of the school to which you plan to transfer and should consult with your academic advisor.


All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All graduates of the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree must meet the program requirements listed in the A.A. degree plan below. Up to 4 credits of physical education may apply to this degree.


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1,2 3
Studio 121  
SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology II: GT-SS3 (FYE) 3
Choose One Communication Course 3
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 4 3
Survey of World Music: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Intro to Philosophy: GT-AH3  
Ethics: GT-AH3  
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Choose One Elective 3
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Humanities: Modern World: GT-AH2  
Spanish Language I 6  
French Language I 6  
Acting I  
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 2 3
Choose One Math Course 3 3
Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 3  
Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 3  
Quant Lab  
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
US History Since 1945: GT-HI1  
Women in World History: GT-HI1  
Colorado History: GT-HI1  
History of Latin America: GT-HI1  
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
African American History: GT-HI1  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Ethnic Studies: GT-SS3  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Choose One Elective 3
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
Anthropology of Religion: GT-SS3  
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2  
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1  
French Language II 6  
Spanish Language II 6  
Third Semester
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 4 3
Literature of Women: GT-AH2  
Survey of African American Literature: GT-AH2  
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Film Art: GT-AH2  
Spanish Language III: GT-AH4  
French Language III: GT-AH4  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3  
Psychology of Personality: GT-SS3  
Sociology of Diversity: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
International Relations: GT-SS1  
Human Geography: GT-SS2  
Choose One Natural & Physical Science Course 4
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography: Landforms with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Elective 3
Comparative Religions: GT-AH3  
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: GT-AH1  
Creative Writing I GT-AH1  
Brain and Behavior  
Choose One Elective 3
Social Psychology: GT-SS3  
Sociology of Religion: GT-SS3  
Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1  
American Government: GT-SS1  
General Psychology II: GT-SS3  
Goddesses and Women in Ancient World: GT-SS3  
Fourth Semester
Choose One Guaranteed Transfer Elective (GT-AH1~GT-AH4, GT-SS1~GT-SS3, GT-HI1) 3
Spanish Language IV: GT-AH4  
French Language IV: GT-AH4  
World Literature After 1600: GT-AH2  
International Relations: GT-SS1  
Principles of Microeconomics: GT-SS1  
Philosophy of Death and Dying: GT-AH3  
Choose One Natural & Physical Science Course 3
Geology of National Parks GT-SC2  
Astronomy of Ancient Cultures: GT-SC2  
Principles of Animal Biology: GT-SC2  
Introduction to Human Disease: GT-SC2  
Choose One Elective Course 3
Sociology Of Gender: GT-SS3  
Women in U.S. History: GT-HI1  
Survey of World Music: GT-AH1  
Music History Romantic Period to Present: GT-AH1  
Theatre Script Analysis: GT-AH1  
Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3  
Choose One Elective Course 3
Logic: GT-AH3  
Introduction to Archaeology: GT-SS3  
Humanities: Medieval-Modern: GT-AH2  
Human Sexuality: GT-SS3  
Environmental Ethics: GT-AH3  
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2  
Choose One Elective Course 2
Art History 1900 to Present: GT-AH1  
English Composition III: GT-CO3  
History of Islamic Civilization: GT-HI1  
Psychology of Personality: GT-SS3  
Women and Social Action: GT-SS3  
Current Political Issues: GT-SS1  
 Total Credits60

NOTE: Students who have taken prerequisite courses longer than seven years ago are strongly encouraged to take an assessment test over the prerequisite material to ensure adequate prior knowledge to be successful in future courses. The outcome of the assessment test will help determine if the prerequisite course needs to be retaken. The assessment test is available in the CCD Testing Center.

For Health Science degrees, because of program accreditation requirements, students must have completed all science courses within the previous seven years before the first day of class in a health program.