Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies is designed to reinforce academic achievement and to serve as a stepping-stone to a bachelor’s degree. This associate’s degree provides graduates with a means of professional advancement within their workplace.

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) is a 60-hour degree that students can either obtain by itself or on the way to completing a bachelor’s degree. We recommend that students complete the AAGS as a stepping-stone because it may lead to career advancement while they complete their bachelor’s degree. It also ensures that the student earns a credential just in case they are unable to or decide not to finish the bachelor’s degree.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

After admission to UA Little Rock, any student may be admitted to the program. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.

Graduation Requirements

Must have 2.0 GPA and at least 15 hours completed at UA Little Rock.

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UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.916.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.916.3143. The Disability Support Services website, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

Cost per credit hour: $280

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium (3 credit hours)

Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours)
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours)
RHET 1320 Honors Composition (3 credit hours)

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Required Courses (25 hours)

Program Electives (Choose 15 hours)

Program electives can be any 1000-level or 2000-level course selected from any General Education UA Little Rock Core curriculum category.

Electives (Choose 10 hours)

Any course at the 1000-level or above can be chosen. It is recommended students select electives based upon their intended baccalaureate degree. The First Year Experience course can be included.