Associate in Arts


The Associate of Arts Degree will be awarded to students for successful completion of 60-semester credits. Forty of these 60 credits must be selected from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements. The remaining credits are considered electives and may be chosen from any course with course number 1000 or higher.  Additionally, one of these elective credits must be in PHED, HLTH or EMER course or HCNA1200 or THTR1111 in order to satisfy the college's health and wellness requirement.  Any student who does not transfer in at least 12 credits with a 2.0 GPA must complete Riverland's First Year Student Success Experience requirement by completing either CCLS1000 or CCLS1010.

A minimum of 20 semester credits must be taken at Riverland; this requirement is reduced to 12 semester credits for students transferring from another Minnesota State College or University. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in both the MnTC coursework and in the overall course completed.

The courses taken must meet the credit requirements in each of the five discipline areas: Communications (CM), Humanities and Fine Arts (HU, Social Sciences (SS), Natural Sciences (NS) and Mathmatics/Logical Reasoning(MA). The course taken must also include at least one course in each of the five thematic areas:

  • Critical Thinking (CT)
  • Ethical and Civic Responsibility (EC)
  • Human Diversity (HD)
  • Global Perspective (GP)
  • People and the Environment (PE)

A Total of 40 semester credits must be completed in the MnTC.

Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, 100% Online
Program Starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Holly Loberg

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Associate in Arts program page at

Required Core Courses

- Goal 1 - Communication 9 CR
- Goal 2 - Critical Thinking
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts 9 CR
- Goal 7 - Human Diversity
- Goal 8 - Global Perspective
- Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility
- Goal 10 - People and the Environment
- MnTC/General Education