Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides a solid foundation in mathematics, written and oral communication, the natural and social sciences, the humanities and fine arts. The AA degree prepares students for career advancement and baccalaureate programs and to better understand their world. The AA offers a General Studies emphasis and, for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree, emphases in Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.

Advising

AA students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree must take care in planning their curriculum. Students who know the program or major they are going to transfer into should consult the General Education Requirements (GERs) for their specific program or major; programs often require specific GER courses for their majors. The AA emphases in Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences are designed to prepare students to go on to baccalaureate work in related disciplines.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree.
  2. Complete requirements for one of the emphases listed below.

General Studies Emphasis

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication *
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Introduction to Composition
and 3 credits of the following:
Business Communications **
Academic Writing About Literature
Technical Writing
Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences
Persuasive Writing
Humanities and Fine Arts 9
Three courses from the Humanities and Fine Arts GER lists, with at least one course each from each list.
Mathematical and Natural Sciences9
Intermediate Algebra **
or
One course from the Quantitative Skills GER list
and
Two courses from the Natural Sciences GER list ***
Social Sciences 6
Two courses (from different disciplines) from the Social Sciences GER list
Electives27
Total Credits60
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Oral Communications course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly.

**

CIOS A260A and MATH A105 do not meet the General Education Requirements for baccalaureate degrees.

***

Students who have taken two Natural Science GERs as part of their AA program should be aware that a 1-credit science laboratory GER is required for the baccalaureate degree.

Fine Arts Emphasis

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication *
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Introduction to Composition
and one of the following:
Academic Writing About Literature
Technical Writing
Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences
Persuasive Writing
Quantitative Skills3
Intermediate Algebra **
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Fine Arts3
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions ***
Art Appreciation
History of Western Art I
History of Western Art II
Dance Appreciation
Music Appreciation ***
History of Jazz ***
History of Music I ***
History of Music II ***
Introduction to the Theatre
Languages/Humanities6-8
Complete any two-semester sequence in the following humanities courses or in a language other than English (including AKNS A101 - AKNS A102 with same letter suffix).
History of Western Art I
   and History of Western Art II
Masterpieces of World Literature I
   and Masterpieces of World Literature II
History of Music I
   and History of Music II ***
History of Philosophy I
   and History of Philosophy II
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Oral Communications course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly. 

**

MATH A105 does not satisfy the Quantitative Skills GER for baccalaureate degress. MATH A107, MATH A108 or MATH A109 are recommended for students planning to pursue baccalaureate studies in the natural or social sciences.

***

Students planning to major in Music should select courses outside the major.

Cultural Heritages and Social Sciences15
The Rise of Civilization
and one of the following:
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
and one of the following:
History of United States I
History of United States II
Introduction to American Government
and one of the following:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Media and Society
Introduction to Political Science
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning
Natural Sciences7
Complete two courses from the Natural Sciences GER list, including a laboratory course
Ways of Knowing3
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Fine Arts Electives12-14
An additional 12-14 credits from courses other than those used for degree requirements above. A minimum of 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the degree. Recommendations include any of the Fine Arts courses listed above as well as:
Beginning Drawing
Two-Dimensional Design
Three-Dimensional Design
Introduction to Art Education
Intermediate Drawing
Fundamentals of Ballet I
Fundamentals of Modern I
Fundamentals of Modern I
Dance for Musical Theatre I
Fundamentals of Music-Based Jazz I
Dances of the West African Diaspora I
Introduction to Alaska Native Dance
Popular American Social Dance
Fundamentals of Tap I
Dance Appreciation
Fundamentals of Ballet II
Fundamentals of Modern II
Dance for Musical Theatre II
Fundamentals of Music-Based Jazz II
Dances of the West African Diaspora II
Theory and Improvisation
Fundamentals of Music
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Aural Skills I
Aural Skills II
Functional Piano IV
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
History of Music I *
History of Music II *
Music Theory III
Music Theory IV
Aural Skills IV
Basic Conducting
Introduction to Acting
Theatrical Production Techniques
Stagecraft I
Movement for the Actor
Voice for the Actor
Scene Design
Costume Design
Theatre Practicum: Technical
Or other courses from the following disciplines: ART, DNCE, MUS, THR
*

Students planning to major in Music should select courses outside the major.

Humanities Emphasis

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication *
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Introduction to Composition
and one of the following:
Academic Writing About Literature
Technical Writing
Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences
Persuasive Writing
Quantitative Skills3
Intermediate Algebra **
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Fine Arts3
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions ***
Art Appreciation
History of Western Art I
History of Western Art II
Dance Appreciation
Music Appreciation ***
History of Jazz ***
History of Music I ***
History of Music II ***
Introduction to the Theatre
Languages/Humanities6-8
Complete any two-semester sequence in the following humanities courses or in a language other than English (including AKNS A101-AKNS A102 with same letter suffix).
History of Western Art I
   and History of Western Art II
Masterpieces of World Literature I
   and Masterpieces of World Literature II
History of Music I
   and History of Music II ***
History of Philosophy I
   and History of Philosophy I
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Oral Communications course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly. 

**

MATH A105 does not satisfy the Quantitative Skills GER for baccalaureate degrees. MATH A107, MATH A108 or MATH A109 are recommended for students planning to pursue baccalaureate studies in the natural or social sciences. 

***

Students planning to major in Music should select courses outside the major.

Cultural Heritages and Social Sciences15
The Rise of Civilization
and one of the following:
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
and one of the following:
History of United States I
History of United States II
Introduction to American Government
and one of the following:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Media and Society
Introduction to Political Science
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning
Natural Sciences7
Complete two courses from the Natural Sciences GER list, including a laboratory course.
Ways of Knowing3
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Humanities Electives12-14
An additional 12-14 credits from courses other than those used for degree requirements above. A minimum of 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the degree. Recommendations include courses from the following disciplines: AKNS, ASL, CHIN, COMM, CWLA, ENGL, FREN, GER, HIST, INTL, JPN, JPC, LING, PHIL, RUSS and SPAN.

Natural Science Emphasis

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication *
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Introduction to Composition
and one of the following:
Academic Writing About Literature
Technical Writing
Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences
Persuasive Writing
Quantitative Skills3
Intermediate Algebra **
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Fine Arts3
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions ***
Art Appreciation
History of Western Art I
History of Western Art II
Dance Appreciation
Music Appreciation ***
History of Jazz ***
History of Music I ***
History of Music II ***
Introduction to the Theatre
Languages/Humanities6-8
Complete any two-semester sequence in the following humanities courses or in a language other than English (including AKNS A101-AKNS A102 with same letter suffix).
History of Western Art I
   and History of Western Art II
Masterpieces of World Literature I
   and Masterpieces of World Literature II
History of Music I
   and History of Music II ***
History of Philosophy I
   and History of Philosophy II
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Oral Communications course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly.

**

MATH A105 does not satisfy the Quantitative Skills GER for baccalaureate degrees. MATH A107, MATH A108 or MATH A109are recommended for students planning to pursue baccalaureate studies in the natural or social sciences. 

***

Students planning to major in Music should select courses outside the major.

Computer Science3
Computer Programming (Languages Vary)
Java Programming
Visual Basic .NET Programming
Social Sciences6
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
The Rise of Civilization
Living on Earth: People and the Environment
Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography
Crime and Delinquency
Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Political Science
General Psychology
Statistics for Psychology
   and Statistics for Psychology Lab
Introduction to Sociology
Natural Sciences Electives *28-30
Complete 28-30 credits from courses other than those used for degree requirements above. A minimum of 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the degree. Recommended courses include:
Fundamentals of Cell Biology
Principles of Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
   and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
Or other courses from the following disciplines: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVI, GEOG, GEOL, LSIS and PHYS
*

Students planning to major in Biological Science, Geology or Natural Sciences must take CHEM A105 and CHEM A105L, CHEM A106 and CHEM A106L, PHYS A123 and PHYS A123L, and PHYS A124 and PHYS A124L. Therefore it is highly advisable that students consider taking these courses. In addition to those aforementioned courses, all Biological Science majors must take BIOL A115 and BIOL A116 and all Geological Science majors must take GEOL A111 and GEOL A221 prior to advancing on to higher-level courses. 

Social Science Emphasis 

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication *
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Introduction to Composition
and one of the following:
Academic Writing About Literature
Technical Writing
Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences
Persuasive Writing
Quantitative Skills3
Intermediate Algebra **
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Fine Arts3
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions ***
Art Appreciation
History of Western Art I
History of Western Art II
Dance Appreciation
Music Appreciation ***
History of Jazz ***
History of Music I ***
History of Music II ***
Introduction to the Theatre
Languages/Humanities6-8
Complete any two-semester sequence in the following humanities courses or in a language other than English (including AKNS A101-AKNS A102 with same letter suffix).
History of Western Art I
   and History of Western Art II
Masterpieces of World Literature I
   and Masterpieces of World Literature II
History of Music I
   and History of Music II ***
History of Philosophy I
   and History of Philosophy II
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Oral Communications course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly. 

**

MATH A105 does not satisfy the Quantitative Skills GER for baccalaureate degrees. MATH A107, MATH A108 or MATH A109 are recommended for students planning to pursue baccalaureate studies in the natural or social sciences. 

***

Students planning to major in Music should select courses outside the major.

Computer Science/Cultural Heritages3
Students planning to go on for a Bachelor of Science should take one of the following courses:
Computer Programming (Languages Vary)
Java Programming
Visual Basic .NET Programming
Students planning to go on for a Bachelor of Arts should take one of the following courses: *
The Rise of Civilization
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
History of United States I
History of United States II
Introduction to American Government
Natural Sciences7
Complete two courses, including a lab, from the following list:
Solar System Astronomy
   and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
   and Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
Survey of Chemistry
   and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
   and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
   and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Laboratory
Environmental Geology
   and Environmental Geology Laboratory
Historical Geology
Basic Physics I
   and Basic Physics I Laboratory
Basic Physics II
   and Basic Physics II Laboratory
Social Sciences Electives27-29
Complete 27-29 credits from courses other than those used for other degree requirements above. A minimum of 20 credits at the 200 level and above are required for the degree. Recommended courses include:
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Living on Earth: People and the Environment
Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography
Crime and Delinquency
Introduction to Political Science
General Psychology
Statistics for Psychology
   and Statistics for Psychology Lab
Introduction to Sociology
Or other courses from the following disciplines: ANTH, ENVI, GEOG, PS, PSY, SOC.
*

At least 20 credits at the 200 level or above are required for the AA degree. Taking a 200-level Cultural Heritage course will enable students to complete that requirement more quickly. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an AA degree from UAA will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences (individual, group, or public) using a variety of verbal and nonverbal communication strategies;
  • Respond effectively to writing assignments using appropriate genres and standard written English;
  • Use library and electronic research responsibly and appropriately;
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate the aesthetic, historical and philosophical aspects of material culture, including artistic expressions, language, and texts;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to identify the premises and conclusions of arguments, evaluate their soundness, and recognize common fallacies;
  • Use appropriate mathematical language and symbols to develop and communicate solutions and demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills and knowledge;
  • Articulate the fundamentals, developments, and impacts of one or more scientific disciplines and develop and analyze evidence-based conclusions about the natural and social world.