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Description of MnTC Goal Areas

This sample program will help you guide students through the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Each institution within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system certifies the courses for the ten goal areas within the MnTC; their MnTC requirements may deviate from this sample program. Students choose courses in each goal area as required by the institution where they are intending to complete the MnTC. To complete the entire MnTC, students must earn a minimum of 40 credits in the ten goal areas, as well as the requirements for each of the goal areas. Passing grades (A-D) for MnTC courses apply including transfer courses; however, a cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0 is required to complete the entire 40 credit package. There may be specific MnTC courses that require a minimum grade. Note: Beginning January 1, 2002, all MnTC courses, goal areas, and completed MnTC (40 credits) offered by the MNSCU institutions must transfer to other MNSCU institutions into the goal areas as designated by original sending institution. The University of Minnesota honors completion of the entire MnTC package; however, if the entire MnTC package is not completed, MnTC courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Click each goal link to find additional details and the competencies students gain. Also view the Additional Notes for special circumstances and specific information.

Core Goal Areas

Goal 1: Communication
English Composition: One or two courses (4-8 credits)
Speech/Communication: One course (3 credits)
Total: 7-11 credits

Goal 2: Critical Thinking
This goal is often fulfilled automatically when all of the goal areas are completed. However, some institutions may require completion of one or more courses in this goal area.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences
Institutions require two science courses (e.g., one biological and one physical science). One course must have a traditional lab and the other must have a traditional lab or lab-like experience.
Biological Science: One course (3-4 credits)
Physical Science: One course (3-4 credits)
Total: Two courses (7-8 credits)

Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
A college-level math or logical reasoning course is usually required depending on the student's long-term major.
Math: One course (3-5 credits)
Logic: One course (3 credits)
Total: One course (3-5 credits)

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Three courses are typically required. Some institutions require courses from three different subject areas or they may require at least one social and one behavioral science course. Common subjects are Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology.
Total: Three courses (6-9 credits)

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
Three courses are typically required. Some institutions require courses from three different subject areas or they may require at least one fine arts and one humanities course. Common courses are Art, English (literature), Humanities, Music, Philosophy (except logic), and Theatre.
Total: Three courses (6-9 credits)

Theme Goal Areas

Goal 7: Human Diversity
Total: One course (3 credits)


Goal 8: Global Perspective
Total: One course (3 credits)


Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
Total: One course (3 credits)

Goal 10: People and the Environment
Total: One course (3 credits)

Total credits to complete the MnTC ten goal areas: 40 credits

Additional Notes to Keep in Mind

  • Some courses may be certified to complete up to two different goals at the same time, but credits are only counted once. Additionally, some courses may fulfill a third goal if it is Goal 2: Critical Thinking.
  • If you follow an Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), you will have a different set of distribution requirements from those in the sample. Contact a transfer specialist for more information.
  • Institutions' MnTC requirements may deviate from the sample program.


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