Degree Program Detail

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree rooted in the University’s Common Studies curriculum. Program completion qualifies a student for admission into a degree completion program of the University and meets the institution's Common Studies (general education) requirements. Like all Graduate and Adult Studies programs the Associate of Arts – Liberal Studies program is delivered in the cohort format. The schedule for each A.A. cohort includes all requirements for that degree.

A maximum of 30 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the Associate of Arts degree. Credits are accepted at full value provided that the transferring institution is accredited by an agency recognized by the USDE (U.S. Department of Education) and CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation). Courses that are comparable to William Woods University course offering are accepted in transfer. Courses accepted in transfer must have a final grade earned of ‘C’ or above.

Transfer courses meeting Common Studies objectives will be applied toward the degree.

Students may participate in placement testing for the English Composition and Mathematics classes. English Composition placement testing occurs before the start of the A.A. cohort. Mathematics placement testing occurs during the A.A. cohort, before the math sequence. Depending upon their initial placement, students will take Introduction to College Writing (ENG 099) or an elective; Introduction to Mathematics (MAT 098) or an elective; and/or Basic Algebra (MAT 099) or an elective.

Students who choose not to participate in the English placement testing will be enrolled in ENG 099, ENG 101 and ENG 102. Students who choose not to participate in the mathematics placement testing will be enrolled in MAT 098, MAT 099, and MAT 112.

Each A.A schedule begins with a sequence meeting the University’s 43 hour Common Studies requirement that includes preparatory courses in English (ENG099) and Mathematics (MAT098 and MAT099). The cohort schedule continues with elective courses that complete degree requirements.

  • Communication (course with ‘C’ designation in title) – 9 hrs
  • Creativity & Aesthetic Sensibility (course with ‘A’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Critical Thinking (course with ‘T’ designation in title) – 3hrs
  • Cultural Diversity (course with ‘D’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Historical Perspectives (course with ‘H’ designation in title) – 6 hrs
  • Mathematics (course with ‘M’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Meaning (course with ‘L’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Natural Science (course with ‘N’ designation in title) – 7 hrs (must complete at least one lab)
  • Social Science (course with ‘S’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Value (course with ‘E’ designation in title) – 3 hrs
  • Electives – 18 hrs (Any course with a ‘C’,’A’,’T’,’D’,’H’,’M’,’L’,’N’,’S’ or ‘E’ designation in the title.) *Enrollment in ENG099, MAT098 and MAT099 at WWU is based on performance in voluntary placement examinations (see above). Students with credit for ENG101 may not take ENG099 afterward and receive elective credit toward the A.A. degree. Students who have met the degree’s Mathematics requirement may not take MAT098 or MAT099 afterward and receive elective credit toward the A.A. degree.

    Courses may only meet one A.A. degree requirement.

Revised: 2/04/2011

Courses offered through the cohort program may include, but are not limited to the following:

Course # Course
ART120Art Appreciation
MAT098Introduction to Mathematics
PHL102World Religions
MUS103Music Appreciation
MAT099Basic Algebra
ENG099Introduction to College Writing
PHL101Introduction to the Bible
ENG101English Composition I
ENG102English Composition II
COM101Introduction to Speech
PSY101General Psychology I
PSY102General Psychology II
MAT112Survey of College Mathematics
BIO209Introduction to Environmental Science
HIS101Western Civilization I
HIS102Western Civilization II
SCI230Earth Science
SCA111Introduction to Sociology
SCA353Race and Ethnicity
ENG210Introduction to Film Studies
ENG280Introduction to Literature
COM220Logic and Persuasion
SCA207Understndng Family Dynmcs & Dysfnct
HUM116Introduction to Ethics
HIS210History of Missouri
MAT114Elementary Statistics
LGS105Politics & Government
GEO201Regions and Nations of the World I
SCI130Foundations of Science
SCI131Foundations of Science Lab