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.
Courses offered through the cohort program may include, but are not limited to the following:
|MAT098||Introduction to Mathematics|
|ENG099||Introduction to College Writing|
|PHL101||Introduction to the Bible|
|ENG101||English Composition I|
|ENG102||English Composition II|
|COM101||Introduction to Speech|
|PSY101||General Psychology I|
|PSY102||General Psychology II|
|MAT112||Survey of College Mathematics|
|BIO209||Introduction to Environmental Science|
|HIS101||Western Civilization I|
|HIS102||Western Civilization II|
|SCA111||Introduction to Sociology|
|SCA353||Race and Ethnicity|
|ENG210||Introduction to Film Studies|
|ENG280||Introduction to Literature|
|COM220||Logic and Persuasion|
|SCA207||Understndng Family Dynmcs & Dysfnct|
|HUM116||Introduction to Ethics|
|HIS210||History of Missouri|
|LGS105||Politics & Government|
|GEO201||Regions and Nations of the World I|
|SCI130||Foundations of Science|
|SCI131||Foundations of Science Lab|