The Seattle Community Colleges have updated and streamlined the requirements for the Associate of Arts (AA) degree awarded at North Seattle, Seattle Central and South Seattle Community Colleges. The changes are designed to simplify the degree requirements and increase the number of course options for students.
A brief summary of the changes follows below. For complete details, including Learning Outcomes, see the current degree requirements. Information is also available in the Advising and Counseling offices.
- PHI 120 (Introduction to Logic) has been added to the list of courses that satisfy the quantitative/symbolic reasoning requirement. (This was previously referred to as the "quantitative" or "Q" requirement.)
- The number of required distribution credits has been reduced from 50 to 45.
- 15 credits are required in each of three distribution areas: (1) Visual, Literary and Performing Arts, (2) Individuals, Cultures and Societies, and (3) The Natural World.
- Within each distribution area (also referred to as Areas of Knowledge), students are required to take courses from at least two different disciplines. The previous requirement was three different disciplines.)
- The number of elective credits has been increased from 25 to 30.
- Students may take up to 6 credits each of Human Development and Library Research courses. The previous limit was 3 credits in each of these areas.
- The number of required credits for Integrated Studies has been reduced from 10 to 8.
- Total credits for the AA degree remain unchanged at 90.