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Because the first two years of college are spent primarily in meeting general college requirements, a great many options are available to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years at Spokane Falls Community College. The community college degree which offers the most direct route for transfer is the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

Direct Transfer Agreements

Associate in Arts (AA-DTA)

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree, sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelors of arts degrees at Washington's four-year institutions. In order for the agreement to be valid for transfer, however, it is essential that the degree be completed. Otherwise, each course taken may be evaluated by the receiving institution separately, and some courses may not be accepted for transfer that would have been with a completed degree. For this reason students are strongly advised to complete the appropriate transfer degree prior to transfer.

Transfer guides are available from counselors and at the SCC and SFCC Transfer Centers. Students planning to transfer should consult these guides as well as information provided by the four-year institutions. Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not necessarily assure a student admission to a four-year institution or a specific program. Some colleges use screening procedures (cumulative GPA, test scores, major GPA, etc.) for acceptance into certain majors and programs.

Many four-year institutions have an admissions requirement of two years of a single foreign language in high school or two to three quarters of a single foreign language in college. Additional foreign language courses may be required for graduation. Students should check this requirement carefully for the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Lower-division major requirements vary among four-year schools. Therefore, students should consult the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer for specific program requirements. Careful planning is important in order to meet specific requirements.

For most majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Direct Transfer Agreement provides the best pathway. Degrees based on the DTA -- degrees structured under the DTA umbrella -- provide:

  • Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors in most four-year institutions ahead of non-degreed transfers.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 quarter credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 25 quarter credits of elective courses.
  • Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

For more information, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog. For a description of courses, see the course descriptions section of this catalog.

Reciprocity Agreement

Washington community and technical colleges (CTCs) offer reciprocity to students transferring within the CTC system who are pursuing the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree. Students who completed an individual course that met distribution degree requirements or fulfilled entire areas of their degree requirements at one college will be considered to have met those same requirements if they plan to complete the same degree when they transfer to another community or technical college in Washington. These degree requirements include Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills, or one or more Distribution Area requirements. Students must initiate the review process and must be prepared to provide necessary documentation. For complete information, students should contact an academic adviser at SCC, SFCC or the off-campus centers.

Diversity "^D" Course Requirement

The intent of the "D" requirement is to expose the student to racial and cultural perspectives beyond the dominant culture of the United States. These courses can be identified in the quarterly class schedule by a ^D following the course title.

While all ^D designated courses fulfill SFCC and SCC graduation requirements and generally transfer to baccalaureate institutions, they may not fulfill your chosen institution's Diversity or International Studies requirements. Check with the institution you plan to attend to see what they will accept. To assist your schedule planning, qualifying courses are listed.

Anthropology 206 Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 210 Indians of North America
Art 112 Non-Western Art
Communication Studies 227 Intercultural Communications
English 247 Multicultural American Literature
English 259 African American Literature
English 271 World Literature to 1650
English 272 World Literature since 1650
English 278 Women Writers
Film 224 Contemporary Global Cinema
Film 225 Independent Film
French 221-223 French IV, V, VI
History 141 History of China
History 142 History of Japan
History 219 Native American History
History 230 Latin American History
History 240 Modern Middle East
Humanities 107 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Japanese 221-223 Japanese IV, V, VI
Music 124 History of Jazz
Music 109 World Music
Physical Education 275 Diversity in Sports
Political Science 125 Introduction to Global Issues
Political Science 205 Islam and the West: Theater of Cooperation and Conflict
Sociology 175 Sociology of Gender
Sociology 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
Spanish 221-223 Spanish IV, V, VI

Select a link below for transfer program or department information. For assistance choosing the pre-major that is right for you, contact an academic counselor or your faculty academic consultant. You may also browse SFCC Career Guides for a list of all programs.

List of Pre-majors

Click on the column header to sort the table by that field.

Accounting Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Anthropology Pre-majorSocial Science
Art - AFA, CFAFine Arts
Art Pre-majorFine Arts
Biological Science Pre-majorLife Sciences
Business Administration Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Chemistry Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
ChineseCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Chiropractic Pre-majorLife Sciences
Communication Studies Pre-majorCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Computer Science Pre-majorComputer Science
Dental Hygiene Pre-majorLife Sciences
Dentistry Pre-majorLife Sciences
Digital Media ProductionApplied Visual Arts
Drama Pre-major, AFACommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Earth Science Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Economics Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Education Pre-major: Mathematics DTAHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Engineering Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
English Pre-majorEnglish
Foreign Language Pre-majorCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
FrenchCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Geography Pre-majorSocial Science
Geology Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Health, P.E. & Recreation Pre-majorPhysical Education
History Pre-majorSocial Science
International Studies Pre-majorSocial Science
JapaneseCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Journalism Pre-MajorApplied Visual Arts
Law Pre-MajorSocial Science
Mathematics Pre-majorMathematics
Medicine Pre-majorLife Sciences
Nursing Pre-majorLife Sciences
Oceanography Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Pharmacy Pre-majorLife Sciences
Philosophy Pre-majorPhilosophy
Physics Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Political Science Pre-majorSocial Science
Psychology Pre-majorSocial Science
Sociology Pre-MajorSocial Science
SpanishCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Veterinary Medicine Pre-majorLife Sciences

Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T)

The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended for students majoring in engineering and science who wish to transfer as juniors to four-year institutions in Washington.

Students who earn this degree will transfer with about half of the lower division general education courses required by four-year institutions. Remaining general education courses may be taken after transferring. This degree allows students to concentrate on fulfilling pre-major coursework in their intended field of study. A number of different options are offered with two basic tracks.

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree #1 is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of biological sciences, environmental/resource sciences, chemistry, geology, and earth science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major. Track 1 degrees offered at SCC and/or SFCC include:

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree #2 is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of engineering, computer science, physics, and atmospheric science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major. Track 2 degrees offered at SCC and/or SFCC include:

For more specific information on these MRPs, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog. It is highly recommended that students meet on a regular basis with an instructor in the discipline, a counselor or academic adviser at SCC, SFCC or the off-campus centers, to be sure that requirements specified in these degrees are met.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)

Some career and technical programs of study may offer an Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree that is designed to provide transfer opportunities for students desiring to continue on toward achieving a baccalaureate degree at specific universities. An AAS-T degree is a degree awarded in a career and technical discipline that contains a minimum of 20 transferable general education credits in communications, quantitative reasoning, and social science, humanities or science. Not all programs offer the AAS-T. Consult with a program faculty member or an academic adviser/counselor to determine if your program of study offers an AAS-T and into which four-year institutions it transfers. AAS-T degrees do not transfer to all four-year institutions.

For more information, see the program outlines section of this catalog.

SFCC AAS-T Degree Programs