The Associate in Arts (AA) program is a 60-unit liberal arts program at the undergraduate level. It qualifies individuals to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, whether in the sciences or the arts.

Objectives

The program aims to:

  • Broaden the students’ intellectual and cultural horizons;
  • Foster a commitment of nationalism balanced by a sense of internationalism;
  • Cultivate a capacity for independent, critical, and creative thinking;
  • Infuse a passion for learning with a high sense of moral and intellectual integrity;
  • Develop self-motivated learners with independent learning skills that will enable them to successfully complete their undergraduate education via the distance mode; and
  • Provide a generalist type of basic tertiary education that will also develop competencies in communication and computer use.

Mode of Instruction

All courses are taught online following the principles of guided independent study and collaborative inquiry.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or must have passed the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).
  2. Have passed the Undergraduate Assessment Test (UgAT). The UgAT is designed to assess both the applicant’s scholastic aptitude and capability to undertake independent learning. Those who had previously passed the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) need not take the UgAT.

(Also, applicants may or may not have earned college credits.)

Curriculum

AA revised curriculum (approved by the BOR as of June 2011)

The minimum academic load per semester is three units; the maximum load is 12 units.

Credits for the required 60 units can be earned from the following courses. Students must take the required minimum number of units from each cluster of courses.

General Education courses (45 units)

There are three domains of GE courses and students must take a total of 15 units from each domain, of which 6 units are prescribed within the domain and the remaining 9 units can be chosen from the rest of the courses listed under each domain. Each course listed is equivalent to 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Arts and Humanities domain (15 units)
COMM 1

Communication Skills 1

The development of advanced communicative competence in English, with emphasis on effective reading and writing skills

3 units (prescribed)
COMM 2

Communication Skills 2

The development of more advanced language skills in critical thinking and effective reading and writing

PREREQUISITES

COMM 1 (prescribed)

3 units
KOM 1

Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 1

Paglinang sa kakayahang magpahayag sa wikang Filipino, na nakatuon sa mabisa at mapanuring pagbasa at pagsulat

3 units
KOM 2

Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 2

Paglinang sa kasanayan sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa higit na mapanuring pag-iisip at masinop na pananaliksik

3 units
COMM 3

Speech Communication

The development of communicative competence in listening and speaking in various communication situations

PREREQUISITES

COMM 1

3 units
HUM 1

Literature, Society, and the Individual

Literary discourse as an expression of individual experience and social values

PREREQUISITES

COMM 1

3 units
HUM 2

Art, Man, and Society

A study of the visual arts and music as products of the creative imagination in dynamic interaction with society

PREREQUISITES

COMM 1

3 units
HUMA 1

Panitikan, Tao at Lipunan

Ang pag-aaral ng iba’t ibang anyong pampanitikan bilang malikhaing pahayag ng mga indibidwal na karanasan at mga pagpapahalaga at mithiin ng lipunan

3 units
ENG 157

English for the Professions

Theory and practice of writing in the professions

PREREQUISITES

COMM 1

3 units
Social Sciences and Philosophy domain (15 units)
HIST 1/KAS 1

Philippine History/Kasaysayan at mga Institusyong Pilipino

The political, economic, social, and cultural development of the Philippines

3 units (prescribed)
HIST 2/KAS 2

Asia and the World/Ang Asya at ang Mundo

A study of Asian cultural heritage in relation to world civilization (prescribed)

3 units
SOC SCI 1

Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences

A survey of basic concepts, principles, theories, and methods of the behavioral sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, demography, and geography) and the dynamics of social change

3 units
SOC SCI 2

Social, Economic, and Political Thought

A survey of social, economic, and political thought from classical to contemporary times

3 units
SOC SCI 13

Gender and Society

PHILO 1

Philosophical Analysis

Application of basic concepts, skills, and principles drawn from the Philosophy of Language, Symbolic Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, and Ethics

3 units
Mathematics, Science and Technology domain (15 units)
MATH 1

Fundamental Concepts and Applications of Mathematics

3 units (presribed)
STS

Science, Technology, and Society

3 units
NATSCI 1

Foundations of Natural Science 1

Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of physics and chemistry

3 units
NATSCI 2

Foundations of Natural Science 2

Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of earth and life sciences

3 units
MS 1

Oceans and Us

3 units
STS 10

Exploring Biotechnology

3 units
MATH 2

Practical Mathematics

3 units
Mandated course
PI 100

Philippine Institutions 100

The Life and Works of Jose Rizal and other Philippine Institutions

3 units
Other required courses (12 units)
COMP ED 1

Computer Education 1

Introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentations, and the Internet

3 units
COMP ED 2

Introduction to Web Design and Publishing

An introductory course on web design and publishing that allows students to explore the World Wide Web and take part in its development by creating and publishing their own web pages, and discussing the issues related to becoming part of a virtual community

PREREQUISITES

COMP ED 1

3 units
PHILO 173

Practical Ethics

Moral issues in practical situations and the application of ethical theories

3 units
MATH 11

College Algebra

Linear equations; algebraic and graphical solutions of the quadratic equations; exponents and radical; complex numbers; binomial expansion; determinants; progressions; theory of equations

3 units
Physical Education courses (8 units)
PE1

Foundation of Physical Fitness

2 units
PE 2

Walking for Fitness

Physiological concepts, proper practice, and techniques of walking for fitness

2 units
PE 2

Hatha Yoga

The principles and practice of hatha yoga

2 units
PE 2

Chess

AA students can also take PE course in another UP campus or a non-UP school through cross-registration, subject to UPOU approval. Students may also opt to take the Proficiency Examination for Physical Education (PEPE) in another UP campus to gain advanced credits in PE

2 units
National Service Training Program (6 units)
CWTS 1

Civic Welfare Training Service 1

Citizenship and community service course 1

3 units
CWTS 2

Civic Welfare Training Service 2

Citizenship and community service course 2

3 units

The NSTP program has three components: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), and Literacy Training Service (LTS). Students can opt to complete the ROTC course in another UP unit or a non-UP campus, in which case they will not need to take UPOU’s CWTS courses.