Degrees Offered and Accreditation
California Indian Nations College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Within the degree, students can choose to emphasize, Art & Humanities, Business & Technology or Social & Behavioral Sciences. Students create a plan to graduation with the advice of the Registrar.
The degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a wide range of baccalaureate programs or majors (transfer preparation) while providing a solid, well-rounded general education.
CINC is in the process of pursuing independent accreditation. In the interim, through an agreement allowing offering this degree in conjunction with the College of the Desert, courses taken at CINC will be accepted at most state and private institutions.
Students may graduate from California Indian Nations College/College of the Desert with an Associate of Arts degree upon meeting the following College requirements:
Reading Competency: All students earning an Associate Degree must demonstrate a reading proficiency at the collegiate level by passing ENG 001A with a grade of “C” or better, or the equivalent.
Writing Competency: All students earning an Associate Degree must demonstrate a writing proficiency at the collegiate level by passing ENG 001A with a grade of “C” or better, or the equivalent.
Mathematics Competency: All students earning an Associate Degree must demonstrate a mathematics proficiency by passing with a grade of “C” or better, MATH 40, or any college mathematics course determined by the College to be equivalent to, or higher than, MATH 040. All students intending to transfer should complete the UC or CSU Mathematics requirements.
A minimum of sixty (60) degree-applicable units with a 2.0 (“C”) Grade Point Average (GPA). Basic skills courses do not apply toward the degree. Grades earned in non-degree credit courses are not included in the calculation of the degree-applicable GPA.
Completion of twelve (12) units in residence at California Indian Nations College is required.
General Education (GE) Requirements
Arts, Humanities and Culture – 3 units
Natural Science – 3 units
Social Science – 3 units
Language and Rationality – 6 units
Personal Growth and Development – 3 units
An Ethnic Studies course selected from ETHN1, ETHN2, ETHN3, ETHN4 or ETHN 5 – 3 units
A single course, even though listed in more than one area, can only be used to satisfy one GE requirement.
Kinesiology Activity Requirement
Two (2) units are required from kinesiology (KINE), recreation (RE) or varsity sports (VSM, VSO, VSW). Note: If KINE-010 is used to fulfill COD General Education Area C2 or C5, it may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Note: College authorities may approve or require substitutions for discontinued courses or for courses not offered.
Students planning to earn an Associate Degree while preparing to transfer to a 4-year college or university must complete the appropriate transfer general education pattern as well as the course requirements specified in the program of study for the declared major. A minimum of 60 transferable units are required for upper division transfer.
Students preparing to transfer to the California State University (CSU) may follow the General Education requirements outlined in the CSU Certification Pattern. This is identified as the CSU General Education Pattern in the list of requirements for Transfer Degree programs.
Student preparing to transfer to the University of California (UC) or the CSU systems may follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). This is identified as the IGETC Pattern in the list of requirements for Transfer Degree programs. See the Registrar for exceptions.