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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides an academic foundation for student success in multiple pathways including continued study, career preparation, and engaged citizenship for Alaska's diverse peoples.

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 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?

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an AA degree from UAA will be able to do the following at the introductory level:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think critically
  • Evaluate analytically
  • Reason empirically.

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What classes will I take?

What classes will I take?

Graduation Requirements

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 26 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.

 

What can I do with this degree?

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