Associate of Arts

  • 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: $234 (for both in-state and out-of-state students) 

Location: Valdez, Alaska

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Degree Requirements

  • 60 credit hours
  • 2.0 GPA

Requirements for the Associate of Arts degree

A total of 60 credits is required for the Associate of Arts (AA). Students who are interested in the AA alone have a wide range of choices to meet degree requirements. Requirements in basic skills and in disciplinary areas may be met by selecting any course in the appropriate category from the list of General Education courses (GERs). In addition, students complete 20 credits of electives.

AA students who wish to go on to a baccalaureate degree after completing the AA are advised to meet AA requirements with courses that can be applied flexibly either to the AA or to baccalaureate degree requirements. AA students who wish to prepare for a specific baccalaureate major should consult an advisor for recommended courses.

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: