Associate of Arts

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The following General Education requirements apply to all Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees except:

The Associate of Arts in General Education (formerly the Associate of Arts), and the Associate of Science in General Education have specific General Education requirements. Please see these programs for more information.

The General Education program for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees promotes the intellectual growth of all students in National University’s Associate level undergraduate degree programs. The general education curriculum assumes that undergraduates will not concentrate on a major field of study until they have completed a general education program that provides instruction in writing and mathematical skills as well as introducing the student to subject matter in the Humanities, Information Literacy and Science and Social Science disciplines. Students will also address the cultural diversity of contemporary society.

Students in the general education program are advised to focus on writing and speech communication first. Students are then counseled to explore mathematical and other formal systems to develop abstract reasoning abilities and are encouraged to take a course in informational literacy. Finally, all students are required to have exposure to the natural sciences, the humanities, fine arts, language, and the social and behavioral sciences. Many of these courses include an examination of the human condition in a multicultural society.

The general education curriculum emphasizes communications, mathematics and sciences, humanities, arts, language, and social/behavioral sciences. Thus, the curriculum provides coherence to Associate level undergraduate education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills for self-development that contribute to lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate literacy in written and oral communication.
  • Apply information literacy skills in developing research projects and presentations.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for responsible citizenship in a diverse society.
  • Demonstrate awareness of past and present human and cultural diversity.
  • Identify ethical issues raised in different disciplines.
  • Demonstrate scientific and quantitative literacy skills in appraising information and solving problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the elements of critical thinking to analyze issues, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work successfully in a team.


The General Education curriculum furnishes students with the basic knowledge necessary to pursue any Associate level degree program. Students who fulfill the curriculum gain an interdisciplinary liberal arts framework geared toward problem solving. This emphasis promotes self-directed research in many academic areas that have traditionally been kept separate. Diversity Requirement The diversity component serves the general education program goal of increasing respect for, and awareness of, diverse peoples and cultures. A plus [+] after any course on the list of approved general education courses signifies a diversity-enriched course. Students must complete at least one diversity-enriched course in the general education program. General Education Program Requirements The general education program consists of a minimum of 34.5 quarter units. Of the 34.5 quarter units students must complete at least 4.5 units in diversity enriched coursework.
AREA A: ENGLISH COMMUNICATION (Minimum 10.5 quarter units)
AREA C: INFORMATION LITERACY (Minimum 4.5 quarter units)
AREA D: ARTS AND HUMANITIES, AND LANGUAGE (Minimum 4.5 quarter units)
AREA E: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (Minimum 4.5 quarter units)
AREA F: PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Minimum 6 quarter units [Note: one science lab is required])
Strongly recommended: complete the BIO 201 - 203A series in numerical sequence BIO 201 + 201A, 202 + 202A, 203 + 203A.