The curriculum information listed here is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advisement through the ACCESS Center in order to plan their curriculum and ensure that their coursework will have the greatest applicability for their future academic goals. Students transferring courses into the program may be able to fulfill some University of Delaware requirements with previous college coursework.

To view course descriptions, note the course number as given below (i.e., ENGL 110, HDFS 202, etc.), and search for the course using UD’s electronic course search—

University Requirements

  • ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing [minimum grade of C-] (3 credits)
  • First Year Experience* (FYE) (0-4 credits)

* Details about First Year Experience, Language requirements

The First Year Experience (FYE) and Foreign Language degree requirements are not currently offered online through the University of Delaware. These requirements may be fulfilled through campus coursework, transfer credit from another accredited institution, or through proficiency/waiver. Please consult with an ACCESS Center advisor to discuss options for completing these requirements.

  • University Breadth Requirements (12 credits)—Up to 3 credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course to meet this requirement. Students must take breadth courses from 4 different subject areas. Students may not use a course that is cross-listed with a subject area that has already been used to satisfy a University Breadth Requirement. Please contact an ACCESS advisor for questions regarding applicable courses.
  • Multicultural Course (3 credits) Choose from these courses:
    ANTH 101 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
    ARTH 237 Art of Tibet (3 credits)
    BAMS 304/HIST 325 African American History to the Civil War (3 credits)
    HDFS 202 Foundations of Family Studies (3 credits)
    NTDT 301 Cultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 credits)
    PHIL 204 World Religions (3 credits)

Skill Requirements

  • Foreign Language* (0-4 credits)
    Elementary Level OR Proficiency Test (0 credits)
  • Mathematics (0-4 credits) Choose from:
    MATH 114 College Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
    MATH 221 Calculus (3 credits)
    Proficiency Test (0 credits)

College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements

Courses in each of the groups must be taken in at least two departments. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that department or program will not satisfy the requirement. For those admitted Fall 2010 or after, a minimum grade of C- is required in these courses.

Group A Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
ART 180 Photographic Approaches (3 credits)
ARTH 237 Art of Tibet (3 credits)
ENGL 280 Approaches to Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 208 Introduction to Drama (3 credits)
ENGL 210 Introduction to Short Story (3 credits)
MUSC 101 Appreciation of Music (3 credits)
MUSC 105 Fundamentals of Music I (3 credits)
PHIL 100 Philosophies of Life (3 credits)
PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 105 Critical Thinking (3 credits)
PHIL 202 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 credits)
PHIL 203 Ethics (3 credits)
PHIL 204 World Religions (3 credits)
PLSC 232 Basic Landscape Design (3 credits)
THEA 200 Introduction to Theatre Production (3 credits)
THEA 202 Introduction to Theatre Design (3 credits)
THEA 302 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting (3 credits)

Group B Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
ANTH 101 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
BAMS 220/HIST 220 The Civil Rights Movement (3 credits)
BAMS 304/HIST 325 African American History to the Civil War (3 credits)
CRJU 324/HIST 324 American Constitutional History (3 credits)
ENGL 204 American Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 205 British Literature to 1660 (3 credits)
ENGL 206 British Literature 1660-Present (3 credits)
FASH 213 Twentieth Century Design: Ethnic Influences (3 credits)
HIST 205 U.S. History to 1865 (3 credits)
HIST 206 U.S. History Since 1865 (3 credits)
HIST 210 Introduction to Military History (3 credits)
HIST 221 Film and American Society (3 credits)
HIST 337 Topics in American History: American Sports History (3 credits)
MUSC 107 History of Rock (3 credits)
PHIL 101 Great Western Philosophers (3 credits)
PLSC 202 History of Landscape Design (3 credits)

Group C Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
BAMS 205 Contemporary African American Issues: Black Women in Popular Culture (3 credits)
BUAD 301 Introduction to Marketing (3 credits)
BUAD 309 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
COMM 206 Sex, Violence and the Media (3 credits)
COMM 245 Media and Society (3 credits)
COMM 330 Communication and Interpersonal Behavior (3 credits)
CRJU 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
CRJU 302/SOCI 302 Social Deviance (3 credits)
ECON 100 Economic Issues and Policies (3 credits)
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
ECON 103 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
HDFS 201 Life Span Development (3 credits)
HDFS 202 Foundations of Family Studies (3 credits)
HDFS 329 Adolescent Development (3 credits)
NTDT 301 Cultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 credits)
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOCI 209 Social Problems (3 credits)
SOCI 213/WOMS 213 Men and Women in American Society (3 credits)

Group D Requirements (10 credits total). Choose from:
ANFS 101 Animals, Science and Society (3 credits)
ANFS 305 Food Science (3 credits)
BISC 104 Principles of Biology with lab (4 credits)
BISC 105 Human Heredity and Development (3 credits)
BISC 106 Elementary Human Physiology (3 credits)
BISC 152 Biology of Human Sexuality (3 credits)
BISC 171 Microbiology in Modern Society (3 credits)
BREG 103 Land and Water Management (3 credits)
MATH 201 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 credits)
MATH 221 Calculus I (3 credits)
MEDT 200 The Language of Medicine (3 credits)
NTDT 200 Nutrition Concepts (3 credits)
PLSC 204 Introduction to Soil Science (3 credits)
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice (3 credits)


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree. Students may opt to take one free elective course per semester pass/fail, but the total number of credits taken on a pass/fail basis may not exceed 12, excluding courses that are graded pass/fail only. Courses numbered below 100-level do not count toward a degree. For a listing of UD Online courses from which you may select electives—

Total Credits Required for Degree is at Minimum 60 Credits

A minimum of 60 credits is required for completion of the Associate in Arts Online, some of which may be approved transfer credits from other colleges.

To be eligible for the Associate in Arts, students must also

  • Complete more than half of the required credits through the University of Delaware, and
  • Apply to the University of Delaware prior to completing 75 credit hours (including transferable credit) and earn at least 12 credits after formal admission to the University.

All prospective students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advisement, free of charge, prior to beginning Associate in Arts coursework. Visit the ACCESS Center online to find out how to make an appointment with an academic advisor, or call 302-831-8843, or write to