Program Overview

Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado offers an Associate of Arts degree. The program is 60 credits—38 credits are for general education courses and 22 credits are for electives. 

The associate degree curriculum is designed to build students’ foundations in oral and written communication, human behavior, history, culture, arts, literature, and quantitative thinking & science foundations and issues. Additionally, ASU requires students to obtain certain levels of proficiency, ensuring strong communication and technological skills. This degree is ideal for those who want more of a liberal arts focus, rather than a quantitative, math and science focus. 

Students seeking an Associate of Arts are required to meet technology proficiency; this can be completed by taking BUS120, CSCI100, or an equivalent transfer course.  Students must submit a writing portfolio to the Assistant Provost by the seventh week of the penultimate semester prior to graduation, in order to demonstrate the students’ writing proficiency. 

All students at ASU are required to meet the residency requirement. Students must complete at least 15 semester credits of ASU courses at an off-campus site or by completing online courses, which are approved, and in the distance-learning catalog. Credits that are earned in online courses have the same distinction as campus based courses, in order to meet residency requirements or other requirements for other degree programs at ASU.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    "Great Stories Begin Here" is not simply a slogan at Adams State University. Student success is the result of a caring campus culture and a highly qualified faculty focused on teaching and excellence within their disciplines. An intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life await Adams State students. 

    Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases. ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need. 


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