The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) provides a framework for understanding the disciplines and skills of a liberal arts degree, a foundation for further study at the bachelor's degree level, and an initial academic credential required for career advancement. The degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent of two years of undergraduate study.
The courses completed for the degree count toward all Bachelor of Science degree programs in University College. Students preparing for a career in nursing are encouraged to apply for the Associate in Arts with a concentration in Health Science, and to meet with an advisor to select courses that meet admission requirements for Bachelor of Science nursing degree programs.
Program Requirements (60 units)
Basic Requirements (9-18 units)
- Principles of Writing (U11-101)
- Critical and Researched Writing (U11-203)
- One course in oral presentation
- One course in numerical applications
- One course in moral reasoning
- One course in non-Western culture
Additional basic requirements for Associate in Arts with concentrations in Business and Communication Studies or in Global Leadership and Management:
- Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
- One course in applied mathematics or statistics
- One course in information technology
Distribution Requirements (18 units)
18 units, 6 units in each distribution area noted below, including one course in moral reasoning, one course in numerical applications, (fulfilled in Basic Requirements for concentration in Business and Communication Studies), and one course in non-Western culture. Each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines.
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences
The Associate in Arts in Global Leadership and Management has different distribution requirements (see below).*
Concentration (18 units)
Students can select a concentration from one of these areas:
or select a divisional concentration in either Social Sciences or Humanities:
- Social Sciences: Select courses from Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Thought and Analysis, others with authorization.
- Humanities: Select courses from Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, others with authorization.
* A.A. in Global Leadership and Management Distribution Requirements: Social Sciences, 6 credit units including Introduction to International Politics; Humanities; 6 units including Business Ethics. Concentration in Global Leadership and Management requires 18 credit units, chosen from Global Leadership and Management's required major courses."
Electives (6 to 15 units)
We strongly recommend that all students seeking admission to University College meet with an academic advisor to discuss their educational interests and goals, transfer credit, distribution requirements, student services, and other issues.
Admission to the Associate in Arts Degree Program requires:
- at least 6 units of University College course work with minimum 2.7 GPA, or at least 6 units of acceptable transfer credit with minimum 2.7 GPA.
- Be a high school graduate.
The final 36 units must be completed at Washington University.
Transfer Credit Toward the Degree
No more than 24 units may be transferred to the degree.
At least half of the concentration must be taken at University College. Concentration courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor to ensure continuity with a B.S. degree in University College.
2.0 minimum overall GPA. A.A. graduates are eligible to apply for admission to a B.S. program in University College and transfer all A.A. courses to the B.S. program of study.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Associate in Arts degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Associate in Arts undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
- Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
- Download the Transcript Release Form.
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