The liberal arts programs at Ridgewater College are designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate majors at four-year colleges and universities. For those students who have already decided on a major, the programs described in this section of the catalog will provide guidelines to make sure that the relevant elements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum are satisfied and that the usual first two years of a major curriculum have been completed. Those students who are undecided about a specific major may wish to examine the programs described in this section as a way to explore some of the academic possibilities that Ridgewater College has to offer.

Even if you are undecided about your major or career plans, you should be careful to follow the requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum to ensure completion of your basic general education requirements before going on to a four-year institution.

In either case, decided or undecided, you are strongly urged to consult with one of our academic counselors and with your adviser early in your academic career to set goals and to plan your college education.

 
Course Outline
 
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (40 credits minimum)
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
9 credits required
Course Number   Course Title Credits
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 121   College Comp I 3
ENGL 122   College Comp II 3
-or-
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 121   College Comp I 3
ENGL 123   Technical Writing 3
-or-
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 130   Honors English 5
 
Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking
This goal will be satisfied by completing one course each from MnTC Goal Areas 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
(two group areas required: Group A and B)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 8  
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
(must include two disciplines)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
(must include two disciplines)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
 
Goal Area 7: Human Diversity
(one course)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
 
Goal Area 8: Global Perspective
(one course)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
 
Goal Area 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
(one course)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
 
Goal Area 10: People and the Environment
(one course)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Health and Wellness: PE Activity Courses (102-140)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PE 220 First Aid/CPR
PUBH 105 Personal and Community Health
PUBH 107 Nutrition
PUBH 110 Drug Education in Contemporary Society
Total Credits: 2  
 
Elective Courses
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 18  
 
Total AA Liberal Arts Degree Credits: 60