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Associate of Arts

Program Overview

The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies prepares students for further study or for an immediate edge in the job market. The strength of the General Studies program centers on developing knowledge and skills valued by employers and helping students progress toward bachelor’s degrees by fulfilling general education requirements.

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Associate of Arts

Degree Requirements

  • 60 credit hours
  • 2.0 GPA
Complete University Requirements (34 Credits)

Examples of GUR courses include oral and written communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, fine arts,
and social sciences.

General Electives (26 Credits)

General electives can be used to select courses to broaden your knowledge for specific job related fields such as human services, government, computer technology and business.

In addition, students who are considering pursuing bachelor’s degrees asa future goal can investigate courses of interest which can aid in declaring a major.

Review Important Requirements
  • Students must be admitted to the program and must complete the degree requirements listed in the Associate of Arts program description.
  • Students must complete at least 15 credits in residence. Additional residency credit requirements, to meet program accreditation standards, may be established.
  • Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at PWSC.
  • Controlling Catalog: Student may elect to graduate under the requirements of any catalog in effect during the five years of formal acceptance.
  • If the requirements for an associate degree, as specified in the entry-year catalog are not met within five years of formal acceptance into the program, admission expires and the student must reapply for admission and meet the admission and graduation requirements in effect at the time of formal acceptance.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at the 100 level or above for an A.A. degree.
  • See more at: UAA Catalog – Associate of Arts (AA) Degree
  • If a bachelor’s degree is the future goal, see an advisor regarding compatible course selections.

Associate of Arts

Education Outcomes

Prince William Sound College has identified the following Outcomes that encapsulate what all graduates will achieve in completing the required General Education courses. In addition, “Critical Thinking,” Outcome 1, is essential to higher order thinking of any type, and so it has been adopted as a central component for all courses meeting the General Education Requirements of the college and will be demonstrated as a Learning Outcome in all General Education courses.

All General Education Courses must include Outcome 1:

Outcome 1: Develop Critical Thinking Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically within a discipline.
  • Identify connections and relationships among disciplines.
  • Use an integrated approach to analyze new situations.

All General Education Courses must include at least one additional outcome, selected from Outcomes 2 through 7.

Outcome 2: Develop communications ability (effectively interpret, send, and respond to communications for varied audiences and purposes)

  • Demonstrate use of effective listening, interpersonal, small-group/collaborative, and public communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills that use awareness of audience; clear thesis development; ethical use of sources; and appropriate conventions of format, structure, and language for multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read critically and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate various forms of information including written texts and other media.

Outcome 3: Develop quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrate degree appropriate skills in applying the principles of mathematics or logic.
  • Apply the scientific method in a laboratory setting.

Outcome 4: Develop the ability to make value judgments and independent decisions

  • Identify own values.
  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of diverse values.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant ethical and responsible behavior.

Outcome 5: Develop multicultural understanding and global awareness

  • Describe relationships between self and the world.
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues related to global interdependence.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural issues such as race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

Outcome 6: Develop aesthetic responsiveness

  • Discuss selected arts in terms of their formal elements.
  • Relate artistic works to the contexts from which they emerge.
  • Defend judgments about the quality of selected artistic expressions.

Outcome 7: Develop the ability to use technology

  • Demonstrate effective use of technology for problem solving, communication, or information retrieval.

E-Commerce and Mobile Application Development

The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies prepares students for further study or for an immediate edge in the job market. By completing courses in either e-commerce or mobile application development, students will position themselves to enter the exciting world of professional computing as either an e-commerce or mobile application developer.

Emphasis Areas of Study

While pursuing your AA degree, choose from a variety of e-commerce and mobile application courses to develop the following skills.

  • Professional web page design using HTML5 and CSS3
  • Web database administration using MySQL
  • Client-side scripting using JavaScript
  • Server-side scripting using PHP
Mobile Application Development
  • XML
  • Web database administration using MySQL
  • Java Programming
  • Android Development


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