Associate of Arts

About this degree


University TransferThe Associate of Arts (AA) degree offers foundational education that enhances good communications skills and provides wide general knowledge. The AA is the basis for a wide range of bachelor degree programs and careers in fields such as languages, literature, political science, law, teaching and more.

The Associate of Arts degree is a transfer degree designed for students planning to continue their education by transferring to one of the three Arizona public universities. The general education component of our AA degree fulfills all the requirements of the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A). When completed, the AGEC-A will transfer to any of the three public Arizona state universities as a block meeting all lower division general education requirements.

NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Arts (AA) degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a grade of “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

General Education Credits

35 credits

Completion of the 35 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) for the Associate of Arts degree.

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29 credits

Select elective courses from:

  1. Courses identified as common courses in university transfer guides in the student’s major of choice
  2. 0 to 16 credits of language, if required in the student’s major of choice at the university you plan to attend
  3. Prerequisites
  4. Electives - The electives component must consist of credits that transfer to all three public Arizona universities as defined in the Course Equivalency Guide for the year in which the course is completed. Access to information about degrees and pathways, common courses, Course Equivalency Guides, and Arizona college and university catalogs are available through an academic adviser or directly at

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