Mission Statement

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides a strong foundation in quantitative reasoning, written and oral communication, natural and social sciences, humanities and fine arts. The AA prepares students for career advancement or transition to a baccalaureate program. Students may complete the AA as a stand-alone degree or as preparation for a subsequent baccalaureate degree. A student who graduates with the AA has completed all general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree except for an integrative capstone course (an upper-division course usually taken later in a student's baccalaureate program). Early completion of general education requirements provides opportunities for students to strengthen basic intellectual skills, increase their knowledge of traditional academic disciplines and meet prerequisites for upper-division courses. AA students can pursue general studies or, with the assistance of an academic adviser, tailor the AA program to prepare for a particular baccalaureate major.

AA Graduates 2011-2012

 For more information and advising please contact Barbara Brown at bebrown@alaska.edu or 907-486-1211.

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What will I learn?

GER Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the GERs, UAA students shall be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Reason mathematically and analyze quantitative and qualitative data competently to reach sound conclusions.
  • Relate knowledge to the historical context in which it developed and the human problems it addresses.
  • Interpret different systems of aesthetic representation and understand their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Investigate the complexity of human institutions and behavior to better understand interpersonal, group and cultural dynamics.
  • Identify ways in which science has advanced the understanding of important natural processes.
  • Locate and use relevant information to make appropriate personal and professional decisions.
  • Adopt critical perspectives for understanding the forces of globalization and diversity.
  • Integrate knowledge and employ skills gained to synthesize creative thinking, critical judgment and personal experience in a meaningful and coherent manner.

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What classes will I take?

To earn an Associate of Arts General Program degree students must earn 60 credits and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 (C).  The courses listed below are those commonly offered through Kodiak College.  Here is the full list of General Education Requirement (GER) courses that will meet the degree requirements.

Oral Communication Skills (3 credits)

COMM A241, COMM A237

Written Communication Skills (6 credits)

WRTG A111 and 
one of the following: WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213 or WRTG A214

Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

Three courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from the GER List.  At least one course each from the category. ENGL A121, ENGL A201, ENGL A202, MUS A121, PHIL A201, AKNS A101E, AKNS A102E or RUSS A101, RUSS A102, HIST A131, and HIST A132, HUMS A212, or THR A111

Mathematical and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

3 credits from quantitative skills:
MATH A115, MATH A107, or STAT A252

7 credits in natural sciences - one lab is required:
BIOL A111/L, A112/L, BIOL A108, GEOL A111/L, CHEM A103/L, CHEM A104/L, LSIS A102, ENVI A211/L, BIOL A178

Social Sciences (6 credits)

Two courses from different disciplines from GER List.

ANTH A200, ANTH A202, ANTH A250, SOC A101, SOC A201, PSY A111, PSY A150, BA A151, ECON A201, and ECON A202

Electives (26 credits)

Students may elect to graduate under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of formal acceptance to an associate’s degree program or the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.

If the requirements for an associate’s degree 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.

What can I do with this degree?

An associate degree in general studies is usually used as a stepping stone since it prepares students well for further study at a bachelor-degree granting college or university.

Skills

Students gain employable skills: employers consistently report valuing the ability to think critically, solve complex problems and communicate clearly more than a particular major.*

Earning Potential

In general, those with an associate's degree earn more than those with a high school diploma or GED.  In Alaska, that wage gap ranges from $10,000 to $14,000 annually.**

Job Outlook

The job market, even during recession and recovery, are growing for those with an education beyond a high school diploma.***

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For more information and advising please contact Barbara Brown at bebrown@alaska.edu or 907-486-1211.

*More Than a Major, 2013

**Difference in Median Earnings Between a High School Diploma and an Associate Degree

***The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm, 2012