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The Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge designed to prepare students for employability and/or further academic work. 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 a 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.


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

48 GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS


REQUIRED COURSES — 15 UNITS
UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)
CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 1A
Expository Writing
ENGL 1B
Research Writing
Plus one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication
LIBERAL STUDIES CORE — 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 50
Principles of Storytelling (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)
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS — 12 UNITS
MATH 20
Intermediate Algebra
MATH 40
Statistics
ECON 1
Principles of Microeconomics
OR
ECON 2
Principles of Macroeconomics
UGP 80
Pathway to Success

12 GENERAL ELECTIVE UNITS


Any course from a regionally accredited university or approved transfer credit source not used to fulfill the core requirements of the program; any GGU course at the lower or upper division not used to fulfill associate's degree requirements.

 


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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