Associate of Arts (AA-DTA)
The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions after completing the first two years of study at Pierce. The degree enables students to fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements of most four-year degree programs and is also recommended for students who have not yet decided the field they will enter or the four-year institution they will attend.
Pierce College's AA degree meets the Inter-College Relations Commission's AA Transfer Degree Guidelines for Washington colleges and universities.
To ease the degree planning process there are two different working documents to record your course selections for your degree. The degree planner, found in our catalog, is an 8-page form that lists in detail all courses that meet the specific degree requirements. The transfer degree worksheet is a 2-page condensed version of the degree planner in which only course numbers and degree requirements are listed.
Course and Career Information
Associate of Arts (AA-DTA)
- Degree Planner - Eight-page form in our online catalog that lists in detail all courses that meet the specific degree requirements. To print the degree planner, look for the Print Degree Planner icon in the top right or bottom right of the catalog page.
- Transfer Degree Worksheet - Two-page condensed version of the degree planner in which only course numbers and degree requirements are listed.
- Potential Job and Salary Information - Information about career prospects with this degree.
Associate in Arts Outcomes
General Education at Pierce College prepares graduates to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing whole student development through fundamental areas of knowledge and the college five core abilities.
Core Abilities Outcomes
Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking
Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.
Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.
Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.
Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes
Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.
Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.
Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.
Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.