Associate of Arts

Liberal Arts and Transfer

You will graduate from this program having completed the first two years of your four-year degree. An Associate of Arts degree provides you with a general liberal arts education with areas of study that include: communication, humanities, math, science, and social science, as well as other topics. You have the opportunity to take elective courses that align with your interests, educational track and career goals.

For additional flexibility this program is offered face-to-face and online, including our eight-week online Z-Degree format with zero textbook costs. Agreements are in place with many four-year colleges to ensure your credits transfer.

Award: Associate of Arts
Credits: 60
Locations: Calmar, Dubuque, Online, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,168*

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

Financial Aid Info
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Northeast Iowa Community College currently maintains formal transfer agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. If you will be transferring before completing a two-year Associate of Arts degree (AA) degree, check out the Transfer in Iowa Reverse Credit Transfer Agreement before applying to your transfer institution. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Jeff Murphy

Jeffrey J. Murphy, M.A.
Executive Dean of Communication, Humanities, Math and Social Science

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1235
  • Location: Calmar