Liberal Arts and Transfer

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Business provides a course of study which will readily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. You will take courses in science, communication, math, humanities, social science and required business subject areas in preparation to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in Business.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college, you should select courses that satisfy the requirements of the specific institution to which you intend to transfer. Consult an advisor at the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer anytime you have questions about course selection.

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

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $13,320*

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  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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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If you plan to transfer to a four-year college, you should select courses to satisfy requirements of the specific institution to which you intend to transfer. Consult your advisor at the transferring four-year institution anytime you have questions about course selection.

General Degree Requirements

  1. The Associate of Arts degree will include a minimum of 60 semester hours of courses designed and acceptable for transfer, and may include up to 16 semester hours of career-technical courses. Note: Students not ready to begin college/transfer level writing and math courses may need additional prerequisite coursework that requires them to exceed the 60 credit hours minimum.

  2. Students transferring an Associate of Arts degree to a public university must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all graded arts and sciences courses acceptable for transfer.

  3. A 2.0 cumulative GPA and a passing grade in all required courses.

  4. At least 18 credit hours must be earned at NICC. Individual departments may require specific courses to meet this requirement.

  5. Demonstrated computer literacy is a requirement for graduation. This requirement may be met with CSC:116.

  6. Completion of SDV:179 The College Experience course.

Specific Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree

Minimum Credits: 60

Meet minimum general education core requirements in each of the following areas:

General Education Core Requirements


Core Requirements

Communication: ENG:105, SPC:112 and ENG:106


Math and Science (transfer-level): Minimum of one math and one science course: BIO, CHM, ENV, MAT, PHS, PHY. One science course must include a lab component.  MAT:156 and MAT:140 required.


Social Science (transfer-level): Select courses from at least two different disciplines in this teaching area: ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC.  ECN:120 and ECN:130 required.


Humanities (transfer-level): Select courses from at least two different disciplines: ART, ASL, CLS, DRA, FLS, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUA, MUS, PHI, REL.


One LIT:XXX course.   


One of the following History courses is required: ART:203, ART:204, HIS:131, HIS:132, HIS:151, HIS:152, HIS:214.


One of the following diversity courses is required: ASL:131, ASL:161, ASL:241, ASL:271, CLS:150, COM:148, FLS:141, FLS:142, FLS:242, FLS:282, HIS:214, HUM:108, HUM:170, LIT:115, LIT:186, SOC:208.


Remaining Requirements: The remaining semester hours will be accepted from transfer-level arts and sciences electives with the understanding that up to 16  semester hours of career-technical credit could be applied which includes SDV:179 The College Experience and a computer literacy course.  The computer literacy requirement may be met with CSC:116.   The following Business courses are required:  ACC:152, ACC:156, BUS:185, SDV:179.

Jeff Murphy

Jeffrey Murphy, M.A.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

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