Transfer Degree

Honors Emphasis, Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Program
Area of Study
Arts and Communication
Social Sciences and Education
Offered Online
Yes

Overview 

Stand out as a curious and ambitious university transfer applicant by graduating with Honors.  

Complete your Associate in Arts Degree, Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) with Honors. This unique educational program is for highly motivated students who seek to be engaged in an intensive learning process where they make connections among ideas while developing critical thinking skills. 

Transfer and Degree Requirements  

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further study are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and transfer institution to explore the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Peninsula. Most institutions have separate admission criteria, which may be based on grades, prerequisite coursework, test scores, and other considerations. Our sample schedule is designed to provide you with faculty recommended courses to complete your AA-DTA degree with an emphasis in honors, but is not a major ready pathway.  

Transfer Institution Information 

Students must select credits from three distribution lists: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement. A minimum of fifteen credits in two separate subject areas must be selected from each list. For Natural Sciences, at least five credits must be a lab. For Humanities, no more than five credits can be a Humanities-Performance course and no more than five credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level.

Sample Schedule  

This sample schedule is provided as a guide for a full-time student starting in fall quarter whose goal is to earn the AA-DTA. The courses are designed with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and are organized in a recommended sequence. Please consult an advisor to schedule courses and develop a personalized educational plan.  

      Your personal educational plan will vary based on many factors including:  

  • The quarter you begin
  • How many classes/credits you plan to take in each quarter
  • Your math and English placement
  • If you have credits you have already taken and plan to transfer them
  • The college you are interested in transferring to
  • If you start in our Transitional Studies program  

First Quarter

Meet with your advisor to talk about your long-term schedule, taking into account your transfer plans. 

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course provides support, develops positive connections, and opens learning opportunities to help students identify and pursue their academic and career goals. Through a process of self-discovery, students cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves that highlights their unique strengths and identifies areas for growth. Students will also learn how to navigate college systems and understand its specialized vocabulary and procedures. Throughout, this course reassures students of all backgrounds and abilities that they belong. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

Active reading, effective writing, and critical thinking, using subjective and objective approaches. Introduction to research techniques. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

Credits: 5

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Humanities  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Second Quarter

It’s not too soon to explore transfer options. Make a transfer appointment

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

An introductory course that explores the nature of knowledge and its pursuit from the primary academic disciplines of mathematics, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. An emphasis is placed on establishing linkages across these disciplines to expand the realm of possible discourse. Students will develop and apply critical thinking, communication, and self-assessment skills, along with the ability to integrate multiple perspectives. As part of the class, students will engage in interdisciplinary readings and discussions of seminal ideas on a common theme to be determined by the instructor. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

Reading and writing using analytical and critical approaches. One or more research papers. Builds on concepts introduced in ENGL& 101. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

Credits: 5

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MATH& 107 or above  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Work with your advisor to choose the appropriate Math class for your major. Consider the Composition II (ENGL& 102) and Math in Society (MATH& 107) Learning Community or Introduction to Stats (MATH& 146).

Third Quarter

Check your educational plan to make sure you’re on track to graduate. 

Catalog #
Title
Credits
1 - 5

Series of programs from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Vocations, and Global Issues. This class may be repeated up to six times for a total of thirty credits. Unless granted instructor permission, students taking this class for five credits will earn a decimal grade. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

Credits: 1 - 5

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2

Students are introduced to faculty directed projects from a variety of academic fields. Student will use one of these projects, or identify a self-directed project, to complete the project component of the honors program. Acceptance into the Honors Program is required. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 2

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Natural Sciences  +
5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
14

Natural Sciences + Consider Biology (BIOL&) or Botany (BOT).
Social Sciences + Choose Psychology (PSYC&) or Economics (ECON&).

Fourth Quarter

Meet with your educational and career planner to explore universities. 

Catalog #
Title
Credits
1

In these two hour bi-weekly seminars students will make brief presentations on the nature objective and probing the nature of their individual projects and provide status updates. Students will contribute to the process of project development by evaluating the methods used to achieve a project’s objective and probing the nature and outcomes of the project using an integrative knowledge approach to critical inquiry. Acceptance into the Honors Program is required. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 1

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1 - 2

This course is for students completing the projects requirement of the Honors Program degree. Faculty permission for students in the Honors Program. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 1 - 2

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Humanities  +
5
Natural Sciences  +
5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
17

Humanities + Choose a third subject area.
Natural Sciences + Take a second subject area.
Social Sciences + Consider a course in Anthropology (ANTH&) or Sociology (SOC).

Fifth Quarter

Apply to graduate. You’re just two quarters away...keep it up! 

Catalog #
Title
Credits
Elective  +

Take any course 100 level or above.

5
1

In these two hour bi-weekly seminars students will make brief presentations on the nature of their individual projects and provide status updates. Students will contribute to the process of project development by evaluating the methods used to achieve a project’s objective and probing the nature and outcomes of the project using an integrative knowledge approach to critical inquiry. Acceptance into the Honors Program is required. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 1

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1 - 2

This course is for students completing the projects requirement of the Honors Program degree. Faculty permission for students in the Honors Program. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 1 - 2

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Natural Sciences  +
5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
17

Natural Sciences + Choose a third subject area.
Social Sciences + Take a third subject area.

Sixth Quarter

You’re almost done! Good luck on your final quarter! 

Catalog #
Title
Credits
2

Students complete all aspects of their individual project, including background research activities, submission of a final product and its public dissemination; a critical examination of the project using integrative knowledge; and lastly, a self-reflective video on the project’s value to their undergraduate experience. Students must receive a passing grade on their project to successfully complete the course. Acceptance into the Honors Program is required. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

Credits: 2

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Elective  +

Take any course 100 level or above.

5
Elective  +

Take any course 100 level or above.

5
Sub-Total Credits
12

  • Develop familiarity with theories of knowledge, with how knowledge is pursued in different academic disciplines, and with how to apply – or integrate --  that knowledge across disciplines  to better understand the world, the challenges humanity confronts, and possible avenues for reconciliation.
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge through thoughtful communication, which emphasizes listening, thinking, and expressing understanding of ideas.
  • Learn how to use and apply technology to define information needs, to identify and critically evaluate sources, and to incorporate information into one’s own knowledge base to accomplish a learning objective.
  • Develop awareness and respect for cultural differences and demonstrate the ability to work with/within diverse groups to better engage the community and the world.
  • Demonstrate breadth and depth in learning through the application of critical thinking across and within academic disciplines.
  • Critically assess their own work and learn to develop the skills necessary to be self-directed and self-reflective learners. 
  • Work with college faculty and/or other mentors in developing, implementing, and presenting project work, thus expanding learning beyond the classroom by actively advancing knowledge. 
  • Complete their capstone experience by exploring the significance of their project using integrative knowledge through a written statement and by producing a video that reflects upon the value of the experience in promoting their educational objectives. 
Total Credits
90