University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Associate of Arts (General Studies)

    Enrolling in our Associate of Arts program is a flexible choice for those pursuing or still deciding on a specific career path. Our A.A. degree is designed to transfer directly to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Associate of Arts (General Studies) Overview

Available fully online or via traditional classroom delivery.

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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Prince William Sound College (PWSC) students at the Worthington Glacier

Program Quick Facts

Cost Per Credit: $223 (for both in-state and out-of-state students) 

Location: Valdez, Alaska

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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 (A.A.) Degree
  • If a bachelor’s degree is the future goal, see an advisor regarding compatible course selections.

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) students at the Worthington Glacier at Thompson Pass, Alaska


Self Discovery

General Studies curriculum creates opportunities to explore interests and discover abilities to help identify compatible careers or future educational pathways.

Students in the Prince William Sound College computer lab in Valdez, Alaska



Competent writing skills are essential for most employment opportunities in order to write letters to customers, develop reports, and compose general business communications.

Students in the Sience Lab at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska


Critical Thinking

The study of arts, humanities, and social sciences requires review, evaluation, and critique of different points of view, all skills that employers value.

Educational Pathway Options:

Our A.A. degree is a flexible choice for those still deciding on a specific career path. This degree can be transferred to a bachelor's degree program. Students intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program should check the requirements for that program, as some special general education and lower-division courses are required.

Additional educational opportunities include:

  • Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)