Professional & Continuing Studies

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 availability by term, as well as course descriptions, consult the University of Delaware course search [select “UD Online (SA-VIRTUAL)” in the Location field].

University Requirements

  • ENGL110 Critical Reading and Writing [minimum grade of C-] (3 credits)
  • First Year Experience* (FYE) (0-4 credits)

* Details about First Year Experience, foreign language and mathematics degree requirements:

The First Year Experience (FYE), foreign language and mathematics degree requirements are not currently offered online through the University of Delaware. These requirements may be fulfilled by other means such as 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:
    ANTH101 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
    AFRA205 Contemporary African American Issues (3 credits)
    AFRA220/HIST220 The Civil Rights Movement (3 credits)
    AFRA221 Race and Sports in American Society (3 credits)
    AFRA321 Black Women and Popular Culture (3 credits)
    ARTH237 Art of Tibet (3 credits)
    FASH213 Twentieth Century Design: Ethnic Influences (3 credits)
    HDFS202 Diversity and Families (3 credits)
    HIST135 Introduction to Latin American History (3 credits)
    HIST300/WOMS300 Women in American History (3 credits)
    HOSP214 Issues in Tourism Management (3 credits)
    NTDT301 Cultural Perspectives on Food & Nutrition (3 credits)
    SOCI213/WOMS213 Men and Women in American Society (3 credits)
    WOMS201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)

Skill Requirements

  • Foreign Language* (0-4 credits)
    Elementary Level OR Proficiency Test (0 credits)
  • Mathematics* (0-4 credits) Choose from:
    MATH113 Contemporary Mathematics (3 credits)
    MATH114 College Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    MATH115 Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
    MATH221 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. A minimum grade of C- is required in these courses.

Group A Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
ART180 Photographic Approaches (3 credits)
ARTH237 Art of Tibet (3 credits)
ENGL280 Approaches to Literature (3 credits)
MUSC101 Appreciation of Music (3 credits)
PHIL100 Philosophies of Life (3 credits)
PHIL102 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL105 Critical Thinking (3 credits)
PHIL202 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 credits)
THEA200 Introduction to Theatre Production (3 credits)
THEA309 Fundamentals of Stage Management (3 credits)

Group B Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
ANTH101 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
AFRA220/HIST220 The Civil Rights Movement (3 credits)
CRJU324/HIST324 American Constitutional History (3 credits)
FASH213 Twentieth Century Design: Ethnic Influences (3 credits)
HIST105 U.S. History to 1865 (3 credits)
HIST106 U.S. History Since 1865 (3 credits)
HIST135 Introduction to Latin American History (3 credits)
HIST210 Introduction to Military History (3 credits)
HIST221 Film and American Society (3 credits)
HIST300/WOMS300 Women in American History (3 credits)
HIST337 Topics in American History: American Sports History (3 credits)
HIST343 Medieval Europe 1050-1350 (3 credits)
MUSC107 History of Rock (3 credits)
PHIL101 Great Western Philosophers (3 credits)

Group C Requirements (9 credits total). Choose from:
AFRA205 Contemporary African American Issues (3 credits)
BUAD301 Introduction to Marketing (3 credits)
BUAD309 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
COMM206/WOMS217 Sex, Violence and the Media (3 credits)
COMM245 Media and Society (3 credits)
COMM330 Communication and Interpersonal Behavior (3 credits)
CRJU110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
CRJU302/SOCI302 Social Deviance (3 credits)
CRJU303/SOCI303 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
ECON100 Economic Issues and Policies (3 credits)
ECON101 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
ECON103 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
HDFS201 Life Span Development (3 credits)
HDFS202 Foundations of Family Studies (3 credits)
HDFS270 Families and Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
HDFS331 Positive Youth Development (3 credits)
LEAD200 The Leadership Challenge (3 credits)
NTDT301 Cultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 credits)
SOCI201 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOCI213/WOMS213 Men and Women in American Society (3 credits)
SOCI311 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 credits)
WOMS201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)

Group D Requirements (10 credits total). Choose from:
ANFS261 Pet Nutrition (3 credits)
BISC104 Principles of Biology with lab (4 credits)
BISC105 Human Heredity and Development (3 credits)
BISC106 Elementary Human Physiology (3 credits)
BISC152 Biology of Human Sexuality (3 credits)
BISC171 Microbiology in Modern Society (3 credits)
ENWC201 Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (3 credits)
GEOL105 Geological Hazards and Their Human Impact (3 credits)
GEOL108 Volcanoes and Earthquakes (3 credits)
MMSC200 The Language of Medicine (3 credits)
NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts (3 credits)
PLSC204 Introduction to Soil Science (3 credits)
STAT200 Basic Statistical Practice (3 credits)

Electives

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.

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 prior to beginning Associate in Arts coursework. Schedule an appointment with an ACCESS Center advisor by calling 302-831-8843.