Oct 19, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog SVC 
    
2018-2019 Catalog SVC

Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement, AA-DTA


Purpose


The Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree is designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Washington state.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities (ahead of students without a degree).
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.
  • Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Students who transfer within these agreements must still meet requirements in major, minor and professional programs.

Program Learning Outcomes


Graduates of the AA-DTA program will be able to:

Natural Sciences Outcomes

  • Demonstrate scientific literacy in terms of methodology, terminology, and fundamental concepts underlying at least one natural system.
  • Analyze data and interpret the results from scientific investigations.
  • Evaluate conclusions from scientific modeling, experimentation, or science-related articles.
  • Apply mathematics and computational thinking to critically evaluate and solve problems in the natural world.

Social Sciences Outcomes

  • Understanding the range of methods by which the social sciences study individuals, cultures, and societies.
  • Rigorously apply concepts and tools from the social sciences to explain or analyze a social phenomenon, process, event, conflict, or issue.
  • Objectively identify the social variables, structures, and experiences that shape an individual’s point of view, including one’s own.
  • Recognize the nature of power and privilege.

Humanities Outcomes

  • Evaluate and apply disciplinary approaches in the context of creative expression and human experience.
  • Analyze and interpret personal, societal, and/or historical experiences that interact with aesthetic values.
  • Engage and interact effectively with diverse audiences using the discourse of a given discipline.

Degree Requirements


Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate of Arts degree. Credits must satisfy requirements listed below. A minimum of 60 quarter hours of general education courses are required. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students should check specific admission and program requirements and application deadlines to assist in successful transfer to a four-year institution. College counselors and academic faculty can advise students of special lower division requirements.

  • An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.
  • Courses with an (*) indicate lab courses.

1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)


Note:


Courses selected to meet the Quantitative Skills requirement will not be counted in the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.​

4. Physical Education (3 cr.)


Note:


PE 100  and PE 190  are not repeatable for credit. A maximum of 3 PE Activities credits can be used for the DTA: 2 credits for PE requirement and 1 additional credit toward restricted or “gray area” electives.

5. Integrative Learning Experiences


  • Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
  • A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member.

6. Diversity Requirement


At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

7. Distribution Requirements (45 cr.)


Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

Go to Distribution Lists - AA-DTA  for a selection of eligible courses.

8. Electives (22-25 cr.)


In order to accumulate 90 college-level (100 or higher) credits for the degree, students will need additional elective credits. Students may select electives from the distribution list (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities), other academic courses, or a maximum of 15 credits from “gray areas” below. A maximum of nine Family Life credits may be counted as gray area electives. HMATH 100  and WMATH 100  cannot be included in elective credits for the degree.

Gray Area Courses


Gray Area Courses  

Degree Map


The suggested schedule below includes required DTA courses. Student schedule may vary based on entry point, credit load, and prerequisites. Consult with department chair or SVC counselor for scheduling options.

The two-year suggested schedule below is provided as only a guide for a traditional full-time student whose goal is the AA DTA degree. Frequent course offerings allow for individualized schedules that will ensure all student degree objectives are met.

Note: An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.

First Year


Total Hours: 15

2nd Quarter


  • ENGL& 102 - Composition II (5)
  • Social Sciences course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions. 
  • Humanities course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
Total Hours: 15

3rd Quarter


  • CMST& 210 CMST& 220 , or CMST& 230  (5)
  • Natural Science course (5) with lab, preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions. 
  • Humanities course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
Total Hours: 15

Second Year


4th Quarter


  • Social Sciences course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
  • Humanities course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
  • Natural Sciences course (5) with lab, preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
Total Hours: 15

5th Quarter


  • Natural Science course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
  • Social Sciences course (5), preferably in Learning Community format.
    See Distribution List  Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions. 
  • Elective (5) 
    Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.
Total Hours: 15

6th Quarter


  • Electives (13)
    Discuss specific course requirements with an SVC advisor. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions.

Total Hours: 13