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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Associate of Arts

All Degrees & Certificates

The Associate of Arts degree is for students planning to transfer with junior standing to a four-year college or university for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Satisfactory completion of an AA degree guarantees completion of the lower division general education requirements at University of Nevada, Reno; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada State College; and many other colleges and universities.

All courses to be counted toward this degree must be university transferable. Courses with a number under 100 (such as ENG 95) are not applicable toward the Associate of Arts degree.

Courses that are not transferable are indicated with a nontransferable course attribute in the myWNC course catalog.

A maximum of six units of special topics classes in one subject area may apply toward any WNC degree. See a counselor for the most current information about transferring to another institution.


The mission of the Associate of Arts degree program is to provide the academic knowledge and skills for successful transfer to meet higher education goals.

Student Outcomes:

The successful student will:

  • Meet the general education student learning outcomes.
  • Identify, describe, and apply information, theories, methodologies and approaches from social sciences, humanities or arts.
  • Produce effective projects, papers and reports.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from the study of social sciences, humanities or arts to think critically about and develop solutions to contemporary or enduring problems.
  • Be prepared to succeed at a transfer institution.


See a WNC counselor for the most up-to-date information regarding UNR and other university transfer requirements.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements

The Associate of Arts Degree is designed so students may tailor it to meet degree requirements for a variety of majors at transfer institutions.

Liberal Arts Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)

Choose from the following. Courses used to meet general education requirements may also be used to fulfill Liberal Art requirements.

  • Any foreign language course numbered 200 or higher
  • Deaf Studies: 147, 148
  • ART, ENG, MUS, THTR numbered 200 or higher
  • CH, HIST, PHIL numbered 200 or higher
  • ANTH, CRJ, ECON, HGPS, PSC, PSY, SOC, SW numbered 200 or higher
  • GEOG 200, HDFS numbered 200 or higher

Transfer Requirements or General Electives: 22–27 Units (Credits)

Students should utilize this area to take courses that meet requirements for their major at their intended transfer school. Those who have not yet selected a major may choose from among any university transferable courses to explore their options. Students planning to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno should obtain a transfer handout from WNC Counseling Services or the UNR Transfer Center.

General Education Requirements

English/Communications Requirement: 6–8 Units (Credits)

Fine Arts Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

* Course may not meet the fine arts requirement at all universities. Please see a counselor.

Humanities Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

UNR transfer students, choose at least one of the following courses: CH201, CH202, HIST105, HIST106, PHIL200, PHIL207

Mathematics Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

Science Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)

* Completion of CHEM 121 or BIOL 190 and 190L, BIOL 223 and BIOL 224, and BIOL251 fulfills the science general education requirement.

Social Sciences Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements: 3 or 6 Units (Credits)

  • Core Humanities: 203
  • History: 111
  • HIST 101 and one of the following: HIST 102, HIST 217, PSC 100, PSC 208
  • History: 101 & 217
  • Political Science: 101, 103