The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. The A.A. degree allows students to take specific courses that are equivalent to those offered in the freshman and sophomore years at four-year institutions. Bachelor’s degree programs or majors at 4-year institutions may also require specific coursework or have admission requirements about which students should be aware if they intend to transfer. Understanding all of these requirements prepares a student to enter an identified program or major at a specific college or university once they graduate from GRCC. With careful and early planning, students who earn an A.A. degree from GRCC may meet the majority of the general education and pre-requisite requirements for the program or major in which they intend to transfer. All students who graduate with an A.A. degree will receive the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) on their GRCC transcript, if they meet the requirments of MTA.
Students should work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to identify their Transfer Intent and create an individualized Transfer Plan. Transfer Plans are created by identifying a program/major at a specific 4-year institution and creating a plan that allows students to complete the first two years of that program/major here at GRCC. The Transfer Plan will identify which general education (English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science & Mathematics) and elective courses the student should take to complete their A.A. degree.
The following Transfer Intent options are available:
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Elementary Education
- Physical Education
- Political Science
- Secondary Education
- Social Work
- Other (identify a program/major that is not on this list)
- Undecided (interested in a program/major not listed)