Z-Degree

Z-Degree

Z-Degree

Save Hundreds of Dollars with Z-Degree Courses

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers an Associate of Arts Z-Degree, a zero textbook cost degree. Any student can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree without buying any textbooks. Zero textbook cost options are an efficient way to reduce education expenses and complement in-class learning.

Anoka-Ramsey is pioneering the use of openly-licensed, high-quality electronic textbooks, streaming videos, course modules and other high-quality electronic materials known as open educational resources or OER. Z-Degree courses may use these free OER or other free resources so students can complete an entire two-year associate's degree without buying textbooks.

Cash-strapped students are often on the lookout for affordable alternatives to expensive textbooks. Through this innovative program, students can save hundreds of dollars on the textbooks they need.

Know Before You Go

Because some textbook-free classes may use electronic materials rather than printed textbooks, students may need regular and reliable Internet access in order to complete course work.

Some Z-Degree courses may require a course fee for class supplies such as a notebook, clay, yoga mat or tools.

  • Goal Area 1: Communications
    000192 CMST 1110.04, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000196 CMST 1110.08, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000199 CMST 1110.11, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits 
    000204 CMST 1110.90, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000205 CMST 1110.91, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits 
    000206 CMST 1110.01, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000207 CMST 1110.02, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000208 CMST 1110.03, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000209 CMST 1110.90, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000218 CMST 2220.01, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000220 CMST 2220.03, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000223 CMST 2220.06, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits 
    000224 CMST 2220.07, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000358 ENGL 1121.33, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000363 ENGL 1121.38, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000365 ENGL 1121.70, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000366 ENGL 1121.71, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000378 ENGL 1121.06, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits 
    000396 ENGL 2241.30, Introduction to Creative Writing
    000397 ENGL 2241.01, Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits
    000616 MCOM 1151.30, Principles of Public Relations, 3 credits
    Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking
    000186 CMST 1100.01, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000187 CMST 1100.02, Introduction to Mass Comunication, 3 credits
    000188 CMST 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000189 CMST 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits 
    000192 CMST 1110.04, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
    000199 CMST 1110.11, Introduction to Communication, 3 credits 
    000358 ENGL 1121.33, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000363 ENGL 1121.38, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000365 ENGL 1121.70, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000366 ENGL 1121.71, College Writing and Critical Reading, 4 credits
    000608 MCOM 1100.01, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000609 MCOM 1100.02, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits 
    000611 MCOM 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000737 PHIL 1101.30, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 credits 
    000962 INTS 1000.01, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000965 INTS 1000.04, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000966 INTS 1000.05, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000968 INTS 1000.07, First-Year Experience, 2 credits 
    000969 INTS 1000.08, First-Year Experience, 2 credits 
    000971 INTS 1000.10, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000972 INTS 1000.11, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000974 INTS 1000.13, First-Year Experience, 2 credits 
    000976 INTS 1000.16, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000977 INTS 1000.17, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000980 INTS 1000.31, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000983 INTS 1000.01, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    000984 INTS 1000.02, First-Year Experience, 2 credits 
    000987 INTS 1000.06, First-Year Experience- TRIO SSS Students, 2 credits
    001001 INTS 1000.33, First-Year Experience, 2 credits
    Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
    000697 NATS 1001.01, Astronomy, 3 credits
    Goal Area 4: Mathematics and Logical Reasoning 
    000535 MATH 0100.02, Pre-Algebra, 3 credits
    000536 MATH 0100.03, Pre-Algebra, 3 credits
    000538 MATH 0100.90, Pre-Algebra, 3 credits
    000545 MATH 0240.02, Mathematical Concepts with Elementary Algebra, 5 credits 
    000548 MATH 0240.05, Mathematical Concepts with Elementary Algebra, 5 credits 
    000590 MATH 1200.01, College Algebra, 3 credits
    000591 MATH 1200.02, College Algebra, 3 credits 
    000596 MATH 1201.01, College Algebra ll and Trigonometry, 4 credits 
    000597 MATH 1210.01, Pre-Calculus, 5 credits 
    000601 MATH 1400.90, Calculus l, 5 credits
    000602 MATH 1400.01, Calculus l, 5 credits 
    Goal Area 5: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences
    000004 ANTH 2201.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
    000005 ANTH 2201.30, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
    000007 ANTH 2251.01, Environmental Anthropology, 3 credits
    000008 ANTH 2251.30, Environmental Anthropology, 3 credits
    000418 GEOG 1101.01, Geography of the United States, 3 credits 
    000419 GEOG 1102.01, Introduction to Human Geography, 3 credits
    000424 GEOG 1108.01, Minnesota Geography, 3 credits
    000425 GEOG 1110.01, Introduction to Sustainability, 3 credits
    000836 POLS 1111.01, American Politics and Government, 3 credits
    000837 POLS 1111.30, American Politics and Government, 3 credits
    000838 POLS 1111.90, American Politics and Government, 3 credits
    000841 POLS 1131.01, World Politics, 3 credits
    000842 POLS 1141.01, Environmental Politics, 3 credits
    000843 POLS 1141.30, Environmental Politics, 3 credits
    000844 POLS 2202.01, Public Issues, 3 credits
    000846 POLS 2202.30, Public Issues, 3 credits 
    000848 POLS 2245.01, Political Ideas and Ideologies, 3 credits
    000997 ANTH1110.01, Introduction to Sustainability, 3 credits
    Goal Area 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 
    000396 ENGL 2241.30, Introduction to Creative Writing
    000397 ENGL 2241.01, Introduction to Creative Writing, 3 credits
    000513 HUM 1141.30, Humanities in the Age of the Enlightenment, 3 credits
    000518 HUM 2234.01, Women in a Global Perspective, 3 credits 
    000617 MUSC 1100.30, Music Appreciation, 3 credits
    000618 MUSC 1100.31, Music Appreciation, 3 credits
    000636 MUSC 1106.00, Concert Band, 0 credits 
    000637 MUSC 1106.01, Concert Band, 1 credit
    000640 MUSC 1108.00, Concert Choir, 0 credits
    000641 MUSC 1108.01, Concert Choir, 1 credit
    000645 MUSC 1110.02, Rock and Roll History, 3 credits
    000653 MUSC 1145.01, World Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit
    000654 MUSC 1146.00, Jazz Ensemble, 0 credit
    000655 MUSC 1146.01, Jazz Ensemble, 1 credit
    000658 MUSC 1149.00, Guitar Ensemble, 0 credits 
    000659 MUSC 1149.01, Guitar Ensemble, 1 credit
    000671 MUSC 2145.00, Chamber Ensembles, 0 credit
    000672 MUSC 2145.01, Chamber Ensembles, 1 credit
    000688 MUSC 2201.01, Music History and Literature l, 3 credits 
    000737 PHIL 1101.30, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 credits 
    000897 ART 1100.01, Introduction to Art, 3 credits
    000900 ART 1100.02, Introduction to Art, 3 credits
    000901 ART 1100.30, Introduction to Art, 3 credits 
    000902 ART 1107.01, Art History l, 3 credits
    000904 ART 1115.01, Foundation Design l: 2 Dimensional Design, 3 credits 
    000905 ART 1115.01, Foundation Design l: 2 Dimensional Design, 3 credits
    000910 ART 1141.01, Foundation Drawing l, 3 credits
    000911 ART 1141.90, Foundations of Drawing l, 3 credits
    000912 ART 1141.03, Foundations of Drawing l, 3 credits
    000913 ART 1141.04, Foundations of Drawing l, 3 credits
    000914 ART 1141.01, Foundation Drawing l, 3 credits 
    000915 ART 1141.02, Foundation Drawing l, 3 credits 
    000916 ART 1142.01, Foundation Drawing ll, 3 credits 
    000917 ART 1150.01, Introduction to Graphic Design, 3 credits 
    000918 ART 1155.90, Introduction to Digital Photography, 3 credits 
    000919 ART 1155.01, Introduction to Digital Photography, 3 credits
    000922 ART 1165.01, Introduction to Black and White Film Photography, 3 credits 
    000923 ART 1165.02, Introduction to Black and White Film Photography, 3 credits 
    000924 ART 1170.01, Foundation Digital Imaging: Photoshop, 3 credits
    000927 ART 1241.90, Introduction to Painting, 3 credits
    000929 ART 1251.01, Introduction to Ceramics, 3 credits
    000930 ART 1251.02, Introduction to Ceramics, 3 credits 
    000931 ART 1251.90, Introduction to Ceramics, 3 credits 
    000932 ART 1252.90, Ceramics: Intermediate Wheel-Throwing, 3 credits
    000933 ART 1281.01, Ceramics: Beginning Hand-Building, 3 credits
    000941 HUM 1611.01, Arab History and Cultures, 3 credits 
    000992 ART 1107.02, Art History l, 3 credits
    000993 ART 1100.03, Introduction to Art, 3 credits
    Goal Area 7: Human Diversity
    000211 CMST 2210.30, Intercultural Communication, 3 credits
    000218 CMST 2220.01, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000220 CMST 2220.03, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000223 CMST 2220.06, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits 
    000224 CMST 2220.07, Interpersonal Communication, 3 credits
    000619 MUSC 1101.30, Introduction to World Music, 3 credits
    000645 MUSC 1110.02, Rock and Roll History, 3 credits
    000653 MUSC 1145.01, World Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit
    000844 POLS 2202.01, Public Issues, 3 credits 
    000846 POLS 2202.30, Public Issues, 3 credits 
    Goal Area 8: Global Perspective 
    000004 ANTH 2201.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
    000005 ANTH 2201.30, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
    000211 CMST 2210.30, Intercultural Communication, 3 credits
    000419 GEOG 1102.01, Introduction to Human Geography, 3 credits
    000513 HUM 1141.30, Humanities in the Age of the Enlightenment, 3 credits 
    000515 HUM 1511.01, Introduction to Islam and Cilture, 3 credits 
    000619 MUSC 1101.30, Introduction to World Music, 3 credits
    000653 MUSC 1145.01, World Drumming Ensemble, 1 credit
    000688 MUSC 2201.01, Music History and Literature l, 3 credits
    000841 POLS 1131.01, World Politics, 3 credits 
    000897 ART 1100.01, Introduction to Art, 3 credits
    000900 ART 1100.02, Introduction to Art, 3 credits 
    000902 ART 1107.01, Art History l, 3 credits
    000941 HUM 1611.01, Arab History and Cultures, 3 credits 
    000992 ART 1107.02, Art History l, 3 credits 
    000993 ART 1100.03, Introduction to Art, 3 credits 
    Goal Area 9: Ethic and Civic Responsibility 
    000186 CMST 1100.01, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000187 CMST 1100.02, Introduction to Mass Comunication, 3 credits
    000188 CMST 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000189 CMST 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits 
    000515 HUM 1511.01, Introduction to Islam and Culture, 3 credits
    000608 MCOM 1100.01, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000609 MCOM 1100.02, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits 
    000611 MCOM 1100.30, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 credits
    000836 POLS 1111.01, American Politics and Government, 3 credits
    000837 POLS 1111.30, American Politics and Government, 3 credits
    000838 POLS 1111.90, American Politics and Government, 3 credits 
    000848 POLS 2245.01, Political Ideas and Ideologies, 3 credits
    Goal Area 10: People and the Environment
    000007 ANTH 2251.01, Environmental Anthropology, 3 credits
    000008 ANTH 2251.30, Environmental Anthropology, 3 credits
    000424 GEOG 1108.01, Minnesota Geography, 3 credits
    000425 GEOG 1110.01, Introduction to Sustainability, 3 credits 
    000418 GEOG 1101.01, Geography of the United States, 3 credits 
    000842 POLS 1141.01, Environmental Politics, 3 credits
    000843 POLS 1141.30, Environmental Politics, 3 credits
    000997 ANTH1110.01, Introduction to Sustainability, 3 credits
    Career and Technical Courses
    000096 BUS 1101.01, Introduction to Business, 3 credits
    000101 BUS 1103.01, Human Relations in the Workplace, 3 credits 
    000612 MCOM 1109.00, Practical Experience in Journalism and Mass Communication, 0 credits
    000613 MCOM 1109.01, Practical Experience in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1 credit
    Life Fitness and Wellness 
    000464 HPER 1120.01, Wellness for Life, 4 credits
    000466 HPER 1120.30, Wellness for Life- Fitness Walking, 0 credits
    000467 HPER 1120.31, Wellness for Life- Fitness Walking, 0 credits 
    000478 HPER 1145.90, Yoga, 1 credit
    000479 HPER 1145.01, Yoga, 1 credit
    000487 HPER 1165.30, Fitness Walking, 2 credits
    000488 HPER 1165.30, Fitness Walking, 2 credits
    000489 HPER 1165.31, Fitness Walking, 2 credits 
    000490 HPER 1166.30, Jogging/Running, 2 credits 
    000491 HPER 1171.30, Bicycling, 1 credit 
    000494 HPER 1189.71, Topics: Wilderness Navigation, 1 credit
  • Any student may seek a Z-Degree. There is no special application process. Please see Academic Advising for more information.

  • Students simply register for Z-Degree classes as desired/available. See a complete list of Z-Degree courses available in fall semester 2020 in the Z-Degree Course List tab above. 

  • Yes. Z-Degree classes are regular classes that do not require students to purchase a textbook.

    • Materials can be viewed on the web at no cost.
    • Materials may be downloaded to a phone or other personal device.
    • Materials can be printed at our on-campus printshop, Central Services. Ask the instructor about their particular class. Please note that printing materials will be an additional cost to the student. The average cost of printing course materials is $15.
    • Materials can also be accessed through Read Speaker for students who prefer text-to-speech learning options.
    • Materials may also be accessed in our Cambridge or Coon Rapids Campus Libraries for reserve print copies.
  • Some Z-Degree courses may require a small (less than $40) materials fee for class supplies such as a notebook, clay, yoga mat or tools.

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