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Students can focus their skill set by selecting courses specifically designed to support their professional goals. The AA is ideal for working adults with a minimal number of academic credits who seek a milestone of achievement while working toward the bachelor’s degree.

The AA program is taught by practicing professionals, with a curriculum that integrates the liberal arts with knowledge of management principles, leadership strategies and organizational theory. Coursework emphasizes practical business applications, while providing a strong educational foundation for lifelong learning.

Students develop the capacity to think critically and creatively in preparation for a successful future in business or management.

GGU’s nationally recognized eLearning environment allows students to pursue a degree online, in person, or in combination.


Step Up to a Bachelor's Degree

In the process of completing the AA, students fulfill the general education and liberal studies requirements of GGU's bachelor's degrees, while also developing skills and knowledge outcomes in communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and quantitative fluency. A flexible course of study is designed to maximize the number of transfer credits counted toward degree completion.

TOTAL UNITS — 60

The degree requires completion of 60 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 6 units of foundation, 3 units of cap-stone, and 15 units of elective courses. Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted.

A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (“C” grade) or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University. Prerequisites to a course, if any, are listed in the course descriptions. All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics, and critical thinking basic proficiency requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University. Placement tests must be taken prior to enrolling in ENGL 10A, ENGL 10B, or ENGL 1A and MATH 10, MATH 20 or MATH 30 to ensure proper placement in the sequences.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 36 UNITS


LIFELONG LEARNING AND SELF DEVELOPMENT - 3 UNITS
UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)
COMMUNICATION AND CRITICAL THINKING - 9 UNITS
CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 60
Research Writing
Plus one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication
QUANTITATIVE REASONING - 3 UNITS

One of the following:

MATH 20
Applied Intermediate Algebra
MATH 50
From Numbers to Decisions
LIBERAL STUDIES — 21 UNITS
ARTS 50
Contemporary Arts and Culture (or any other ARTS course offered)
HIST 50
Contemporary American Economic History (or any other HIST course offered)
HUM 50
Examining the Humanities (or any other HUM course offered)
LIT 10
Foundations of Literary Study (or any other LIT course offered)
PHIL 50
Ethics in Personal and Professional Life (or any other PHIL course offered)
SCI 50
Science, Technology and Social Change (or any other SCI course offered)
SOSC 50
American Government in the 21st Century (or any other SOSC course offered)

Or:

PSYCH 10
Introduction to Psychology (or any other PSYCH course offered)

FOUNDATION COURSES — 6 UNITS

MATH 40
Statistics
ECON 1
Principles of Microeconomics

OR

ECON 2
Principles of Macroeconomics

CAPSTONE COURSE — 3 UNITS

UGP 80
Pathway to Success

ELECTIVE COURSES - 15 UNITS


Select five additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 15 units.

 


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who successfully complete the program will cultivate the following skills, attitudes, and knowledge:
  • Communication:
    Communicate effectively to general and specialized audiences through structured written, oral and visual presentations.
  • Critical Thinking:
    Identify, categorize, and analyze problems and issues, and draw warranted conclusions.
  • Quantitative Fluency:
    Perform accurate calculations using symbolic operations, and provide accurate interpretations and explanations of data.
  • Information Literacy:
    Correctly identify, categorize, evaluate, and cite multiple resources to create projects, papers, or performances.
  • Ethical Reasoning:
    Describe ethical issues and apply ethical principles or frameworks in judgment and decision-making.
  • Applied Learning:
    Describe and analyze relationships between academic learning and problems outside the classroom.
  • Broad Integrative Knowledge:
    Explore, connect, and apply concepts and methods across multiple fields of study.
  • Lifelong Learning:
    Examine connections between academic learning and professional goals and demonstrate attitudes such as curiosity, self-awareness, adaptability, and motivation.

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