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Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Serving as a stepping-stone into bachelor’s degrees at Azusa Pacific Online University, the 60-unit Associate of Arts (A.A.) offers students a broad foundation in the liberal arts. In fact, the Liberal Arts Core and several electives comprise the A.A. degree.

Integrating faith and knowledge, the curriculum lays the foundation for responsible citizenship, historical and cultural literacy, and respect for God-honoring diversity.

Program Highlights

  • Prepare for more advanced studies at the bachelor’s level
  • Gain a broad foundation in the liberal arts
  • Develop the biblical foundations for a Christian worldview
  • Establish habits and skills for lifelong learning

The 60-unit A.A. curriculum includes the following coursework:

Skills and University Requirements (18 units)

APOU 101 Momentum: Success in the University

MATH 110 College Algebra

ENGL 101 Expository Writing

ENGL 102 Composition: Argument and Analysis

COMM 111 Public Communication

CS 205 Basic Software Tools

Foreign Language Requirements (4-6 units)

Select one of the following:

One intensive language course:

SPAN 123 Intensive Beginning Spanish


Two 3-unit language sequence:

SPAN 121 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 122 Beginning Spanish II

Integrative Liberal Arts Core Requirements (31 units)

Heritage and Institutions Component (3 units)

HIST 201 U.S. History or  HIST 202 World Civilization

God’s Word and the Christian Response Component (12 units)

BIBL 100 Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

BIBL 230 Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

MIN 108 Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry

RELG 100 Introduction to Religious Global Studies

Philosophy/Critical Thinking Component (3 units)

PHIL 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Literature Component (3 units)

ENGL 111 Introduction to Literature

Aesthetics and Creative Arts Component (3 units)

ART 150 Introduction to Art

Identity and Relationships Component (3 units)

PSYC 110 General Psychology or  ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics

Nature/Science Component with Lab (4 units)

PHYC 140 Introduction to Astronomy

General Electives (5-7 units)

To complete the 60-unit General Studies Core requirement students may utilize any 100+ level college or university course. The elective requirement provides students an opportunity to pursue interests beyond program requirements.

*Must be taken at APOU

Note: This information is current for the 2014 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. To view 2014 program information, please refer to the catalog.

At a Glance

Program units
Total units to graduate
Average completion time
1–2 years

All stated financial information is subject to change.

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