A message from the Higher Learning Commission

Programs of study at SWC are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop skills, competencies, and experience in chosen areas. Students can complete programs of study preparing them to transfer to a
four-year instruction or to seek immediate employment. SWC also welcomes those seeking personal enrichment or new or updated job skills.

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degrees are designed to prepare a student for earning his or her bachelor’s degree. This degree may lead to jobs in a number of career fields. It does not limit a person to one career.

The Associate of Science (AS) Degrees are designed for students intending to pursue further education. The A.S. degree can lead to more specific occupations. 

AA and AS: All students wishing to transfer should work closely with their academic advisor at SWC and the intended transfer schools in the planning of their course of study while at SWC. The academic curriculums differ and can adversely impact a student’s ability to transfer credits unless a student plans properly. All candidates for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must successfully complete a minimum of 62 semester hours depending on their particular degree.

The Associate of Applied Science Degrees are intense programs of study designed to prepare students for employment after graduation. 

Although the AAS degree is designed primarily for employment preparation, many of the courses in these degree programs can transfer to four-year colleges or universities. 

The Certificate Programs are designed to provide opportunities to develop skills in areas that would lead to employment. All credits earned in the certificate program can be applied towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine eligibility for continuation in an associate program.


SWC General Education Statement

 General Education at Sisseton Wahpeton College reflects a belief that for success, students must be exposed to principles, concepts, and methodologies from multiple disciplines. General Education is designed to create opportunities for students to build a foundation of knowledge and develop skills necessary for life-long learning. Students’ life-quality is enhanced when they are encouraged to understand and value the world, and contribute to global well-being.

General Education at Sisseton Wahpeton College provides students with opportunities to:
• Integrate Dakota culture and values into personal and professional activities.
• Use effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Utilize technology for research and communication.
• Apply mathematical and critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems.

SWC faculty are dedicated to supporting the mission of the College and promoting the skills and attitudes that every graduate should possess, thereby enriching the quality of life of our students, and contributing to economic development through the provision of human capital and other resources.
Each program of study at Sisseton Wahpeton College is responsible for determining the appropriate platform for delivery of general education outcomes and establishing assessment measures and improvement plans to benefit student learning in their discipline. The Curriculum Committee evaluates the quality and validity of these programs as related to student learning.

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