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Associate Degree Requirements -
Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

Candidates for an Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer, must complete the following:

  1. Comprehensive Degree Requirements (Refer to Policy A-106)
  2. General Requirements
    • Writing, 9 quarter hours with grade of "C" or higher WR 121, 122 and 123 or 227 or passing a writing course for which WR 121 is listed as a prerequisite
    • Mathematics, 4 quarter hours with grade of "C" or higher* Math 111A, 111B, or 111C or above**
      * courses may apply to science/mathematics, section "b" of the Distribution Requirements.
      ** two terms of Math 211, 212 or 213 Foundations of Elementary Math are necessary to meet this requirement
    • Oral Communication and Rhetoric, 3 quarter hours with grade of "C" or higher Speech 111, 112 or 113*
      * courses may apply to Arts and Letters, section "b"
    • Diversity: Students completing the Oregon Transfer Degree must successfully complete (grade C or higher) one diversity course selected from the Oregon Transfer Degree distribution list in the college catalog. The primary purpose of a diversity course is to examine the contributions and perspectives of people whose lives and works have traditionally been omitted from, or marginally regarded in standard Western Culture studies. The Course Content Guide for a diversity course must clearly demonstrate this purpose as the predominate focus of th course.*
      * course may apply to section "a" or "b" (See courses listed on pages 4 through 12)
    • Health and Physical Education, 3 quarter hours with grade of "C" or higher Health & Fitness for Life (HPE 295), 3 credits or Personal Health (HE 250), plus 1 credit of PE
  3. Distribution Requirements
    • Areas of Distribution (see list--pages 4 through 12)
      Arts and Letters
      Social Science
    • 6 quarter courses in 2 areas
    • 5 quarter courses in the third area
    • One sequence or cluster in all three areas (see section "a" sequence course list on pages 4 through 12)
    • Courses in section "b" related course list (pages 4 through 12) in disciplines different from courses taken in section "a"
    • Candidates may take all courses in section "a" to meet distribution requirements, provided the clusters or sequences are in different disciplines

Candidates for an Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer, must select dis- tribution courses from the following list. Courses marked ** will satisfy the Diversity requirement. A maximum of 24-quarter hours with pass/no pass may be applied to the distribution requirements.

Besides the traditional field definitions given for the humanities, expressed quite succinctly in the many National Endowment for the Humanities publications, there are other more procedural approaches to the problem; some of these derive from traditional expectations for such courses, others focus on the student's relationship to the content of the course and the ways that content is presented.

A useful method for getting at these non-field definitions is to ask certain questions:

  • Does the course rely on primary text or texts which address, analyze, or comment upon the question of what it means to be human? Does it use secondary or summation materials and to what degree?
  • Does the course focus on questions of value, ethics, belief; and does the course attempt to place such questions in a historical context?
  • Does the course attempt an examination or analysis of the discipline to which it belongs; in other words, does the course provide students with a way of seeing the approach to the subject or subjects involved as one way among others of discussing text?
  • Does the course attend to the role that language plays in the discipline and in ways the subject is understood and has been understood?
  • Does the course provide students with access to the thinking and feelings of the discipline's respected and acknowledged contributors?
  • Does the course provide students an opportunity to meaningfully interact with the texts of the discipline and with each other, through discussion and writing about the perspectives on the human condition that such texts provide?
  • Does the course and the discipline to which it belongs value and seriously examine the subjective response to human experiences?

Note: The word "text" as used here implies the more current, generic definition of contemporary critical theory, which includes all of the artifacts of a discipline--books, dramatic productions, visual and aural images including those in dance and film. Obviously, not all courses can do all of the above things, nor are the above criteria specific only to humanities courses; however, it's safe to say that humanities courses are primarily concerned with the above criteria.

Implementation Date: Fall Term 1998

Candidates for the Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree must select distribution courses from the following lists. Courses marked ** will satisfy the diversity requirement.

Arts and Letters (a) sequence courses and (b) related courses


List A Courses

ART 101, 102, 103 Introduction to Art

ART 204, 205, 206 History of Western Art

ART 207**, 208**, 209** History of Asian Art

ART 211, 212, 213 Modern Art History

List B Courses

ART 115, 116, 117 Basic Design

ART 131 Introduction to Drawing

ART 141 Introduction to Photography (Non-darkroom)

ART 142 Introduction to Photography (Darkroom)

ART 143 Photography II

ART 181 Introduction to Painting

ART 210** Women in Art

ART 231 Drawing

ART 237 Life Drawing

ART 253 Ceramics I

ART 256 Ceramics II

ART 277 Life Painting

ART 281 Painting

ART 284 Watercolor I

ART 287 Watercolor II

ART 293 Sculpture

ART/WLD 295 Sculpture: Welding II


List B Courses

D 150, 151, 152 Jazz Dance I, II, III

D 169 Musical Theater Dance

D 192A, 192B, 292 Ballet I, II, III

D 251** Introduction to Dance

D 260 Dance Improvisation & Choreography


List A Courses

HUM 201 Humanities and Tech: Exploring Origins and

HUM 202 Humanities and Tech: Contemporary Issues and

HUM 203 Humanities and Tech: Future Directions

HUM 204** African History and

HUM 205** African Literature and

HUM 206** African Art

List B Courses

HUM 106 British Life and Culture

HUM 221 Leadership Through the Classics

Modern Languages

List B Courses

ASL 201 American Sign Language IV

ASL 202 American Sign Language V

ASL 203 American Sign Language VI

ASL 250 Accelerated American Sign Language

ASL 251 Accelerated American Sign Language

ENL 250, 252, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 262, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 272 English as a Non-Native Language

FR 201, 202, 203 Second-Year French

FR 250, 251 Second-Year French

FR 256, 257 Accelerated French

FR 260A, 261A, 262A French: Culture

FR 270A, 271A**, 272A** Readings in French Literature

FR 290A French: Composition

GER 201, 202, 203 Second-Year German

GER 250, 251 Second-Year German

GER 256, 257 Accelerated German

GER 260A, 261A, 262A German: Culture

GER 270A, 271A, 272A Readings in German Literature

JPN 201, 202, 203 Second-Year Japanese

JPN 250, 251 Second-Year Japanese

JPN 260A**, 261A**, 262A** Japanese: Culture

RUS 201, 202, 203 Second-Year Russian

RUS 250, 251 Second-Year Russian

RUS 262R Russian Culture in Russia

RUS 270A, 271A, 272A Readings in Russian Literature

SPA 201, 202, 203 Second-Year Spanish

SPA 250, 251 Second-Year Spanish

SPA 256, 257 Accelerated Spanish

SPA 260A**, 261A**, 262A Spanish: Culture

SPA 260M** Spanish Culture (Mexico)

SPA 270A**, 271A**, 272A Readings in Spanish Literature


List A Courses

ENG 104, 105, 106 Introduction to Literature

ENG 107, 108, 109 World Literature: Western

ENG 195, 196, 197 Film as Literature

ENG 201, 202, 203 Shakespeare

ENG 204, 205, 206 Survey of English Literature

ENG 207**, 208**, 209** World Literature: Asian

ENG 253, 254, 255 Survey of American Literature

ENG 256**, 257**, 258** African American Literature

Three terms chosen from:

ENG 211** Contemporary African Literature

ENG 213** Latin American Literature

ENG 222** Images of Women in Literature

ENG 240** Introduction to Native American Literature

ENG 250** Introduction to Folklore and Mythology

ENG 256** African American Literature

ENG 260** Introduction to Women Writers

ENG 265** International Political Poetry

List B Courses

ENG 212 Biography

ENG 214 Literature of the Northwest

ENG 261 Literature of Science Fiction

ENG 275 Bible as Literature Music

List A Courses

MUS 111, 112A, 113 Music Theory

MUS 201A, 202, 203 Introduction to Music and Its Literature

MUS 205**, 206**, 207** Introduction to Jazz History, History of Rock Music, History of Folk Music

MUS 208**, 209**, 210** African-American Music

List B Courses

MUS 105 Music Appreciation

MUS 106 Opera Appreciation

MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music

MUS 131 Group Vocal

MUS 220 Chorus

MUS 221 Chorus: Chamber Choir


List A Courses

PHL 191 Language & the Layout of Argument

PHL 193 Evaluation of Practical Argument

and one of:

PHL 195 Critical Thinking: Science & the Occult

PHL 197 TV and the Presentation of Reality

PHL 201, 202 Introduction to Philosophy

and one of:

PHL 204 Philosophy of Religion

PHL 209 Business Ethics

PHL 222 Elementary Aesthetics

List B Courses

PHL 205 Biomedical Ethics

PHL 208 Political Philosophy

PHL 221 Symbolic Logic


List B Courses

SP 100 Introduction to Speech Communication

SP 105 Listening

SP 111, 112, 113 Fundamentals of Speech

SP 130 Business and Professional Speech

SP 140** Introduction to Intercultural Communication

SP 215 Small Group Communications

SP 217 Persuasion

SP 227 Non-verbal Communication

SP 229 Oral Interpretation

SP 237** Gender and Communication

Theater Arts

List B Courses

TA 101 Theater Appreciation

TA 141, 142, 143 Fundamentals of Acting Technique

TA 144 Improvisational Theater

TA 148 Movement for the Stage

TA 155 Readers Theater

TA 180A, 253A** Theater Rehearsal and Performance

TA 190A, 290A Projects in Theater

TA 240 Beginning Pantomime

TA 241, 242, 243 Intermediate Acting Technique

TA 261 Introduction to Costuming


List B Courses

WR 241, 242, 243 Creative Writing

WR 244, 245, 246 Creative Writing

Women's Studies

List B Courses

WS 101** Introduction to Women's Studies



List A Courses

ATH 101, 102, 103 General Anthropology

ATH 207, 208, 209 Cultural Anthropology

ATH 214 Human Environments: Ecological Aspects and

ATH 215 Human Environments: Energy Consideration and

ATH 216 Human Environments: Productivity

ATH 230** Native Americans of Oregon and

ATH 231** Native Americans of the Northwest and

ATH 232** Native North Americans

List B Courses

ATH 210** Selected Topics in Ethnography

ATH 211, 212, 213 Introduction to Field Archeology


List A Courses

EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics

EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

and one of:

EC 200 Principles of Economics: Introduction to Institutions and Philosophies

EC 203 Economic Issues

List B Courses

EC 115 Outlines of Economics

EC 216 Introduction to Labor Economics

EC 230 Contemporary World Economic Issues


List A Courses

GEO 105, 106, 107 Introduction to Human Cultural Geography

List B Courses

GEO 202 Geography of Europe

GEO 206 Geography of Oregon

GEO 208, 209 Physical Geography

GEO 210 The Natural Environment

GEO 214** Geography of Mexico

GEO 221 Field Geography

GEO 265 Introduction to GIS

GEO 290 Environmental Problems


List A Courses

HST 101, 102, 103 Western Civilization

HST 104**, 105**, 106** History of Eastern Civilization

HST 201, 202, 203 History of the United States

HST 204**, 205**, 206** History of Women in the US

HST 274**, 275**, 276** Afro-American History

List B Courses

HST 218** Native American History

HST 220 Labor History

HST 225** History of Women, Sex and the Family

HST 240 Oregon's Social History

HST 246, 247 Religion in the United States

HST 270** History of Mexico

HST 277 Oregon Trail

HST 278 Russian History I

HST 279 Russian History II

HST 285 The Holocaust

Political Science

List A Courses

PS 201, 202 American Governments and

PS 203 State and Local Government

List B Courses

PS 204 Comparative Political Systems

PS 205 International Relations

PS 211 Peace and Conflict

PS 220 American Foreign Policy and World Order

PS 225 Political Ideology


List A Courses

PSY 201, 202, 203 General Psychology

PSY 201A**, 202A**, 203A** General Psychology: Gender Perspectives

List B Courses

PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations

PSY 213 Brain, Mind and Behavior

PSY 214 Introduction to Personality

PSY 215 Human Development

PSY 216 Social Psychology

PSY 220 Psychology: Applied

PSY 222** Family and Intimate Relationships

PSY 231, 232 Human Sexuality

PSY 239 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

PSY 240 Interpersonal Awareness and Growth Techniques


List A Courses

SOC 204, 205, 206 General Sociology

List B Courses

SOC 213** Diversity In America

SOC 215 ** Global Studies: Social Issues

SOC 218** Sociology of Gender

SOC 223 Social Gerontology/Sociology of Aging

SOC 228 Introduction to Environmental Sociology

SOC 230 Introduction to Gerontology

SOC 232 Death and Dying

SOC 240 Sociology of Work and Leisure



List A Courses

BI 101, 102, 103 Biology

BI 141, 142, 143 Habitats

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology

BI 231, 232, 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II, III

List B Courses

BI 104 Secret of Life

BI 200 Principles of Ecology: Field Biology

BI 222 Human Genetics

BI 234 Microbiology

BI 235 Microbiology


List A Courses

CH 104, 105, 106 General Chemistry

CH 201, 202, 203 General Chemistry

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry

CH 241, 242, 243 Organic Chemistry

List B Courses

CH 100 Fundamentals for Chemistry

Computer Science

List B Courses

CIS 120, 121 Computer Concepts I, II

CIS 122 Software Design

CS 250 Discrete Structures

CS 251 Logical Structures

CS 161, 162 Computer Science: Pascal I, II

CS 171, 264 Assembler Language I, II


List A Courses

G 201, G 202 Physical Geology and

G 203 Historical Geology

List B Courses

G 207 Introduction to Geology of the Pacific Northwest

G 208 Volcanoes and their Activity

G 291 Elements of Rocks and Minerals

General Science

List A Courses

ESR 171 Environmental Science: Bio Perspectives and

ESR 172 Environmental Science: Chem Perspectives and

ESR 173 Environmental Science: Geo Perspectives

Three of the following courses:

GS 106 Physical Science: Geology

GS 107 Physical Science: Astronomy

GS 108 Physical Science: Oceanography

GS 109 Physical Science: Meteorology


List B Courses

MTH 111A, 111B, 111C College Algebra

MTH 112 Elementary Functions

MTH 116 Calculus Preparation

MTH 211, 212, 213 Foundations of Elementary Math I, II, III

MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics I

MTH 241 Calculus for Mgmt, Life & Social Science

MTH 243, 244 Statistics I, II

MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

MTH 253 Calculus III

MTH 254 Vector Calculus I

MTH 256 Differential Equations

MTH 261 Applied Linear Algebra


List A Courses

PHY 121, 122, 123 Elementary Astronomy

PHY 201, 202, 203 General Physics

PHY 211, 212, 213 General Physics

List B Courses

PHY 101 Fundamentals of Physics