The Associate of Arts degree offers students an opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines, focus on specific interests, or take specialized courses required in their anticipated baccalaureate programs. The program incorporates the history, values, traditions and knowledge systems of the Iñupiat to enhance student learning.
The AA degree is usually considered a transfer degree and can serve as the freshman and sophomore years at four-year colleges and universities. Students wishing to transfer are strongly urged to meet with their academic advisors early in their freshman year. The AA degree is also an excellent preparation for many career fields.
The general education portion of the Associate of Arts degree consists of core courses providing a base of knowledge in several domains.
Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts degree, graduates will be able to:
- SCIENTIFIC INFERENCE, INTERPRETATION, AND INNOVATION
Identify and ask focused questions; apply scientific methodology including observation, hypothesis formulation and testing, and evaluation of evidence in laboratory, academic, and practical situations.
- COMPUTATIONAL THEORY, TECHNIQUES, AND APPLICATION
Perform mathematical calculations involving arithmetical operations, algebra, and the evaluation of functions. Analyze graphs and tables, and translate one form to another.
- CRITICAL THINKING AND DISCOURSE
Critically evaluate, analyze, and interpret literary, social, cultural, and/or scientific documents.
- EXPRESSION OF IDEAS
Communicate complex ideas clearly both in written and spoken English. Apply the principles of rhetoric and discourse.
- IÑUPIAQ AND NATIVE AWARENESS
Demonstrate an understanding of Iñupiaq and/or Native ways of knowing in all disciplines. Integrate and practice Iñupiaq knowledge, culture, and values in courses.
- EXPLORATION AND APPRECIATION OF WORLD CULTURES
Demonstrate an understanding of the history, values, arts, traditions, and knowledge systems of different cultures and societies, including indigenous peoples.
- RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, EVALUATION, AND SYNTHESIS
Retrieve, analyze, and synthesize information using electronic and traditional methods. Evaluate the validity of research sources, and execute a written or oral research project, demonstrating the appropriate documentation process.
Program Entry and Timing
The AA program is designed to accommodate full and part-time students. Students may begin at any point and may take classes for which they meet the prerequisites.