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Graduation 2003

Community college programs serve two basic student populations: students planning to transfer to a four-year institution, and students looking for short-term job training or retraining. Transfer students choose between the Associate of Arts Degree, also referred to as the liberal arts transfer degree, or the Associate of Science Transfer Degree designed for students whose career goals are within science or engineering disciplines. There are also a growing number of Direct Transfer degrees and other articulation agreements between SFCC and four-year institutions, some of which are listed below.

Career and Technical Programs are designed primarily for short-term job training. Most of these courses are also transferable; however, the programs may not meet all the requirements of four-year institutions offering degrees in the same major. AAS-T programs are designed to provide transfer opportunities for students desiring to continue on towards achieving a baccalaureate degree at specific four-year institutions. Consult with an adviser regarding the transfer requirements for a specific college or university. Certificate programs require as little as three quarters of classes. Associate of Applied Science degrees are awarded upon completion of approximately six quarters of course work.

Click on the degree titles below for more detailed information.

Career and Technical Programs

Associate in Applied Science Occupational Certificates

Current CCS Catalog

You may view the entire Community Colleges of Spokane Online Catalog which contains a wealth of information about SFCC and SCC.

Check out the SFCC Program Outlines for detailed program information.

Pre-major/Transfer Programs

Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts Transfer) Associate of Science Transfer

Direct Transfer/Articulation Agreements Associate in Fine Arts

Because the first two years of college are spent primarily in meeting general college requirements, a great many options are available to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years at Spokane Falls Community College. The community college degree which offers the most direct route for transfer is the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

Click to download an A.A. Degree Worksheet

Students planning to earn an A.A. degree must meet minimum standards of preparation. Those whose records and test scores indicate a need for additional preparation may be required to complete preliminary work in the college preparatory program. SFCC offers A.A. degree transfer courses for many pre-majors. For assistance contact the SFCC Counseling Center at (509) 533-3525.

A candidate for the Associate of Arts (AA-DTA) degree must complete 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements:

  • Courses must be chosen from the distribution areas below.
  • At least 5 credits must be W-designated (writing-intensive).
  • At least 5 credits must be D-designated (global/diversity).
  • At least 30 credits must be earned in residence from Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College with at least 15 credits earned in the required distribution areas at the college awarding the degree.
Communication 10 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 5 Credits
Humanities 15 Credits
Social Sciences 15 Credits
Mathematics/Science 15 Credits
Health-related/PE/Recreational/ Leisure Activities 5 credits
Approved General Electives 25 credits

It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic adviser at Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College on a regular basis to be sure that requirements specified in this degree are met. Students should also seek academic advising at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer early in their educational planning to learn about additional requirements and procedures for admission. Degree requirements may change; for current requirements students should consult a counselor or academic adviser. Prior college-level credits and grade points are transferred for calculating total credits and GPA.

For detailed credit distribution information - consult the CCS Catalog or call the Counseling Center at (509) 533-3525.

The intent of the "D" requirement is to expose the student to racial and cultural perspectives beyond the dominant culture of the United States. These courses can be identified in the quarterly class schedule by a ^D following the course title.

While all ^D designated courses fulfill SFCC and SCC graduation requirements and generally transfer to baccalaureate institutions, they may not fulfill your chosen institution's Diversity or International Studies requirements. Check with the institution you plan to attend to see what they will accept. To assist your schedule planning, qualifying courses are listed.

Anthropology 206 Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 210 Indians of North America
Art 112 Non-Western Art
Communication Studies 226 Gender Communication
Communication Studies 227 Intercultural Communication
English 247 American Multicultural Literature
English 259 African-American Literature
English 271 World Literature to 1650
English 272 World Literature since 1650
English 278 Women Writers
French 221-223 French IV, V, VI
Japanese 221-223 Japanese IV, V, VI
Spanish 221-223 Spanish IV, V, VI
History 141 History of China
History 142 History of Japan
History 219 Native American History
History 230 Latin American History
History 240 Modern Middle East
Humanities 224 Contemporary Global Cinema
Humanities 225 Independent Film
Humanities 241 The Impact of the Nazi Past
Music 124 History of Jazz
Music 109 World Music
Political Science 125 Introduction to Global Issues
Political Science 205 Islam and the West
Sociology 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology 230 Sociology of Gender

SFCC offers several transfer degree options:

Select a link below for transfer program or department information. For assistance choosing the pre-major that is right for you, contact an academic counselor or your faculty academic consultant. You may also browse SFCC Career Guides for a list of all programs.

List of Pre-majors

Click on the column header to sort the table by that field.

Accounting Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Anthropology Pre-majorSocial Science
Art - AFA, CFAFine Arts
Art Pre-majorFine Arts
Biological Science Pre-majorLife Sciences
Business Administration Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Chemistry Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
ChineseCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Chiropractic Pre-majorLife Sciences
Communication Studies Pre-majorCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Computer Science Pre-majorComputer Science
Dental Hygiene Pre-majorLife Sciences
Dentistry Pre-majorLife Sciences
Digital Media ProductionApplied Visual Arts
Drama Pre-major, AFACommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Earth Science Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Economics Pre-majorAccounting, Economics and Business
Education Pre-major: Mathematics DTAHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Engineering Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
English Pre-majorEnglish
Foreign Language Pre-majorCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
FrenchCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Geography Pre-majorSocial Science
Geology Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Health, P.E. & Recreation Pre-majorPhysical Education
History Pre-majorSocial Science
International Studies Pre-majorSocial Science
JapaneseCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Journalism Pre-MajorApplied Visual Arts
Law Pre-MajorSocial Science
Mathematics Pre-majorMathematics
Medicine Pre-majorLife Sciences
Nursing Pre-majorLife Sciences
Oceanography Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Pharmacy Pre-majorLife Sciences
Philosophy Pre-majorPhilosophy
Physics Pre-majorPhysical Sciences
Political Science Pre-majorSocial Science
Psychology Pre-majorSocial Science
Sociology Pre-MajorSocial Science
SpanishCommunication Arts and Modern Languages
Veterinary Medicine Pre-majorLife Sciences

Career and technical education programs give students practical training for jobs that require specific skills and knowledge in order to meet employers' needs. Through these training programs, students may earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a Career and Technical Certificate. The degree program normally requires two years of study; certificates are for programs one year or less.

View SFCC Program Outlines/Career Guides

NOTE: Some career/technical programs offer an AAS-T degree option designed to provide transfer opportunities for students desiring to continue on at specific four-year institutions.

Click on the column header to sort the table by that field.

Addiction StudiesHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Administrative AssistantBusiness Technology
Administrative/Computer SpecialistBusiness Technology
Audio EngineeringMusic and Recording Arts
Business and Software ApplicationsBusiness Technology
Certified Professional SecretaryBusiness Technology
Computer and Network SupportInformation Systems
Computer Forensics/Network SecurityInformation Systems
Early Childhood EducationHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Early Childhood Education AAS-THuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Education Paraprofessional, Special EducationHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Gerontology ParaprofessionalHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Graphic DesignApplied Visual Arts
Health/Fitness TechnicianHealth/Fitness Technician
Hearing Instrument SpecialistAllied Health Sciences
Information TechnologyInformation Systems
Interior DesignApplied Visual Arts
Interior Design-Transfer TrackApplied Visual Arts
Interpreter Training ProgramHuman Services (Education, Social Services)
Library & Information ServicesLibrary & Information Services Program
Occupational Therapy AssistantAllied Health Sciences
Office AssistantBusiness Technology
Orthotic-Prosthetic TechnicianAllied Health Sciences
PhotographyApplied Visual Arts
Physical Therapist AssistantAllied Health Sciences
Retail ManagementManagement
School Library Media TechnicianLibrary & Information Services Program
Social Media MarketingManagement
Social ServicesHuman Services (Education, Social Services)

Copyright Policy

The following is a summary of certain copyright responsibilities and is intended for general information only and therefore cannot be used to determine the legality of an intended use of materials. For more detailed information, please consult the CCS Copyright Compliance guide.

Copyright Basics

Copyright is part of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) and international law that grants rights and protection to authors and developers of creative works. Among the rights granted are the rights to:

  • reproduce the work,
  • prepare derivative works based upon the work,
  • distribute copies of the work to the public,
  • perform the work publicly,
  • display the copyrighted work publicly,
  • perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission, and
  • assign these rights to others.

Copyright only protects works that are "fixed in a tangible form of expression." Copyright does not protect ideas or processes (although processes can be patented). To make use of copyright protected material without the consent of the author is a violation of the law. The exceptions to this are:

  • works that have passed into the public domain (over 70 years old), and
  • works used in the manner prescribed under the Fair Use part of the copyright law.

Fair Use

Fair Use of a copyrighted work which is NOT an infringement, including reproduction in copies, includes the following purposes:

  • criticism,
  • comment,
  • news reporting,
  • teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use),
  • scholarship, and
  • research.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a "Fair Use", the following factors should be considered:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit;
  • educational purposes;
  • the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The following is an excerpt from the Board Policy 7.50.20 Use of Copyrighted Materials:

Community Colleges of Spokane recognizes that United States copyright laws exist for the public good and balance the intellectual property rights of authors, publishers, license holders and copyright owners with the educational community’s need for the free exchange of ideas. CCS will adhere to the provisions of U.S. copyright laws, including all relevant copyright and patent laws, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, Guidelines for Off-Air Recording and all other relevant laws and regulations.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade Point Averages are calculated by dividing grade points earned by the credit hours attempted. The following is an example of a grade point avearage computation:

Credit Hours Attempted Times (X) Grade Equals (=) Grade Points Earned
5 X 3.0 = 15.0
3 X 4.0 = 12.0
4 X 2.0 = 8.0
5 X 1.0 = 5.0
1 X 0.0 = 0.0
18       40.0

Divide 40.0 by 18 to calculate a grade point average of 2.22.

You may download a Degree Application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

Students who plan to receive a two-year degree or a one-year certificate must file a Petition for Graduation with the graduation evaluator. Signed applications should be turned in at the Admissions Office or faxed to (509) 533-3237.

Students should apply for a degree when they have completed 50% of the degree requirements. Filing a Petition for Graduation provides the student with the opportunity to review and check his or her degree or certificate requirements. It allows the student an opportunity to plan or change his or her course schedule to ensure completion of all requirements. It also ensures that all degrees/certificates earned will be correctly posted to the student's transcript.

Degrees/certificates will not be awarded if the student has not fulfilled all financial obligations to the college.

Degree Requirements

Check your program career guide for a requirements checklist.

A student is eligible to graduate either (1) by completing the degree requirements in effect at the time of initial enrollment within four academic calendar years, or (2) by completing the requirements in effect at the beginning of the last continuous (summer quarter excepted) enrollment or (3) by completing the most recent requirements in effect during the quarter of graduation.

A candidate for a degree may include courses newly approved to meet degree requirements even though the course approval comes after the credit has been earned.

In instances where changes in professional degrees and certificates make the above guidelines inappropriate, the respective division administrator, working with the individual student, shall determine which degree requirements to follow.

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