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Associate of Arts
Program of Study in General Education

This is a degree designed for students who expect to complete a Bachelor’s degree at MSU-Northern but are undecided on a major, or who wish to complete their general education requirements at MSU-Northern before transferring to another institution to complete the remaining requirements for a Bachelor’s degree. Completion of the Associate of Arts degree at Northern satisfies all Bachelor degree general education requirements throughout the Montana University system.

The Associate of Arts degree requires that students complete MSU-Northern’s General Education Core. Students enrolled in the Associate of Arts degree who plan to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program should contact the office of the Dean of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing early in their first semester for assistance in choosing electives from the Transferable Core and electives to support their future plans for study.

Required General Education Core Minimum Credits Course Prefixes and Numbers
Category I (CAT I)
Communication
6   WRIT 101 AND
SPCH 141 OR SPCH 142 OR WRIT 350
Category II (CAT II)
Mathematics
3   M 121 or higher content level math, STAT 217
Category III (CAT III)
Natural Sciences
Students must take one science course that includes a lab. See course descriptions to verify this requirement.
6   AG 204, BIOL, CHEM, CHMY, ESCI, GEO, GPHY, GSCI, NSCI, PHSX, TSCI 110, TSCI 230, TSCI 231/232, TSCI 233/234, TSCI 304, TSCI 320
Category IV (CAT IV)
Social Sciences/ History
6   CMSV 101, ECNS 201, ECNS 202, ECNS 372, HSTA 101, HSTA 102, HSTA 255, HSTR 101, HSTR 102, HIST 330, HIST 374, PSCI 210, PSCI 250, PSCI 471, PSYX 100, PSYX 230, SOCI 101, SOCI 241, SOSC 201
Category V (CAT V)
Cultural Diversity
3   BUS 365, HIST 335, NASL 120, NASL 121, NAS 220, NAS 250, NAS 230, NAS 310, NAS 330, NASL 331, NAS 350, NAS 364, NRSG 331, SOCI 315, SPNS 101, SPNS 102, SPCH 245
Category VI (CAT VI)
Humanities/Fine Arts
6   ART 100, ART 115, ART 120, ART 150, ART 151, ART 204, ART 353, ART 361, ART 362, ENGL 311, LIT 110, LIT 210, LIT 211, LIT 223, LIT 224, LIT 230, LIT 309, LIT 382, LIT 363, LIT 327, GDSN 270, HUM 201, MUSI 103, MUSI 201, PHIL 200, PHIL 210, THTR 105
Category VII (CAT VII)
Technology
3   AOT 301, CAPP 120, CAPP 151, CIS 320, IT 100
Total Minimum General Education Core Credits 33    

Advisor Approved Electives: 27 credits

Total minimum credits required for degree: 60

Students should not confuse the MSU-Northern General Education Core with the Montana University System Transferable Core. Please see the Dean or your advisor for more information.

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