Program Overview

The Associate of Science in Liberal Arts Degree at Austin Peay State University is the only distance-based Associate Degree offered by the institution. The program may be completed entirely online and is designed to aid students in transferring to a Bachelor Degree program at APSU or another accredited college or university. Graduates may also strengthen their potential to obtain entry-level positions in a variety of fields.

This interdisciplinary program focuses on a range of topics to give students an encompassing general education that may serve as a foundation for continuing education. Students are able to specialize their degrees to their own interests and goals by selecting classes from a list of electives in order to complete the total credit requirement.

Students in the program are required to take courses in English composition, public speaking, and American history. Proper oral and written communication are important to many careers, so the faculty at APSU seeks to instill its students with such properties. Additional courses that fill general education requirements come from the areas of the humanities and fine arts, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. Each discipline allows for a range of course possibilities that allow for students to narrow the scope of their degree if they so choose.

To complete this program, a student must earn a total of 60 credits, 41 of which come from courses that fulfill general education requirements. The remaining 19 come from electives of the student's choice. Degree candidates are encouraged to meet with an advisor to select the most appropriate courses to their futures. Possible electives include any of the courses not selected to satisfy individual disciplines in the general education requirement.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.

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