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Arts Direct Transfer Agreement, AA-DTA

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Skagit Valley College’s Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree, modeled after the statewide Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) is designed to transfer to most Washington State four-year institutions as well as many colleges and universities outside of Washington. For students intending to major in the arts, humanities and social sciences, SVC’s AA-DTA degree is an appropriate choice.

Complete the first two years of your four-year degree at SVC and graduate with a nationally recognized interdisciplinary degree. This entire AA-DTA degree can be completed online.

Degree Requirements

You 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 in 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 you of special lower division requirements.

Courses with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.

1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)


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

4. Physical Education (3 cr.)


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. Eligible courses are listed below. 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, you will need additional elective credits. You 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 and WMATH 100  cannot be included in elective credits for the degree.

Gray Area Courses

Gray Area Courses  

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