Online Associate
Degree Programs

For many students, University of Arkansas Grantham online associate's degree programs offer an ideal entry point to higher education. An associate's degree can open up new opportunities and serve as a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree—and beyond! Our associate degree programs are designed to be completed in two years, and you must have a high school diploma or equivalent to begin.

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General Information About Earning Your Associate's Degree Online

An associate's degree is an entry-level undergraduate degree that introduces learners to the college environment and set them on track for higher degree levels in the future. At UA Grantham, an associate's degree requires students to complete 60 credit hours, representing a combination of general education requirements and courses in a specific field of study. For many students, an associate's degree is an ideal way to start their journey through higher education. It allows students to get accustomed to college-level learning and to test out different academic interests before committing to a four-year bachelor's program in a specific field.

In some cases, an associate's degree can help graduates qualify for an entry-level position in a chosen field. More often, an associate's degree is a stepping stone to a bachelor's. Students in associate's programs complete general education credits that are also required by bachelor's programs—so that when the time comes to enroll in a bachelor's program, they can transfer in their completed credits and get a head start.

University of Arkansas Grantham currently offers associate's degree programs in several areas of study carefully chosen to reflect some of the most exciting and in-demand sectors in the economy—such as business, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, general and multidisciplinary studies, and medical coding and billing.

Our flexible, low cost online learning program makes it possible for students of all backgrounds and circumstances to start taking classes—all you need is a computer and internet access. If you think one of these fields might be a great fit for you and you're looking for a flexible, low-cost way to start your professional journey, consider enrolling in an online associate's degree program at UA Grantham

Core Classes to Expect Earning Your Associate's Degree

In order to give students a broad educational foundation, UA Grantham's associate degree programs require students to take general education classes in a variety of areas including communication, math, computer science, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, as well as social and behavioral sciences. Here are examples of some of the courses you might take to satisfy your general education requirements:

Introduction to Public Speaking: This course prepares students to feel confident and comfortable speaking in public. Students learn to analyze their audience, generate and develop engaging ideas, and structure their presentation so their message gets through with maximum style and impact. Specific topics include outlining speeches, crafting effective introductions and conclusions, using powerful language, and controlling nervousness. Students also practice using technology to record and share their speeches.

Introduction to Computer Applications: In this course, students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for navigating and manipulating the systems that many businesses use to store and share information. Students build confidence and competency in commonly-used office productivity software like word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.

Introduction to Pharmacotherapy: In this course, students explore the role of medical substances in everyday life. Students learn about how different drugs affect human bodies and the role medication can play in treating disorders and diseases. Students also explore the risks that arise from the widespread availability of medications in contemporary society, including risks of overdose and addiction. Throughout the course, students reflect on how drugs and drug policy can be safely administered to maximize health benefits while minimizing the risk of harm.

Introduction to Modern Art: This course introduces students to major movements in the arts from the 1700s to today. The course focuses on painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design. Students learn how to examine and analyze works of art, and they learn the language of art criticism so they can describe what they see. Using these techniques, students will develop a deeper understanding of some of the most beautiful and revolutionary creations ever conceived.

Fundamentals of Psychology: Looking to gain a better understanding of human behavior and mental processes? This course covers a range of topics including nature versus nurture, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and motivation. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and what makes people tick.