With the UP system-wide revision of the General Education (GE) program and UPOU’s adoption of the 30-unit GE curriculum (based on the Framework for General Education in the University of the Philippines in the 21st Century), the Associate in Arts program has been restructured and expanded to contain the new GE curriculum at its core, and to provide a strong foundation in the Arts and Humanities. These domains of knowledge develop an “appreciation of human complexity”[1] and the interconnections between fields of human endeavor; the ability “to engage with ideas critically and independently”[2] and other lifelong learning skills such as “clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity”;[3] and the capacity for empathy, ethical action, and responsible citizenship[4] — all of which are essential for any career, including careers in business, law, medicine, politics, science, and technology.


The program aims to:

  •  Cultivate appreciation of the Arts and Humanities as a field of study and practice;
  • Hone skills in humanistic inquiry, including critical thinking, scholarship, effective communication, collaboration, and creativity; and
  • Develop competencies in the study of the Arts and Humanities in a rapidly changing digital world.

Mode of Instruction

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

Admission Requirements

Refer to the admission requirements posted by OUR in this link


The new curriculum of AA program consists of 72 units of academic courses, (8) units of PE and (6) units of NSTP:

  • New General Education (GE) courses – 30 units
  • Common courses – 12 units
  • Mandated course – 3 units
  • Concentration courses – 27 units
  • PE courses – (8) units
  • NSTP courses – (6) units
Core GE Courses (21) units
KAS 1 Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas 3 units (prescribed)
WIKA 1 Wika, Kultura at Lipunan 3 units
ETHICS 1 Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life 3 units
ARTS 1 Critical Perspectives in the Arts 3 units
SCIENCE 11 Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics 3 units
STS 1 Science, Technology and Society 3 units
MATH 10 Mathematics, Culture and Society 3 units
Elective GE courses (choose 3 courses only)
SAS 1 Self and Society 3 units
COMM 10 Critical Perspectives in Communication 3 units
PHILARTS 1 Philippine Arts and Culture 3 units
SOC SCI 2 Social, Political, and Economic Thought 3 units
ENG 11 Literature and Society 3 units
Common Courses (12 units)
COMM 2 Communication Skills 2 3 units
ENG 157 English for the Professions 3 units
COMP ED 10 Critical Digital Literacies 3 units
COMP ED 20 Introduction to Analytics 3 units
Mandated course
PI 100 Philippine Institutions 100

The Life and Works of Jose Rizal and other Philippine Institutions

3 units


Concentration Courses (27 units)
ENG 12 World Literatures 3 units
CL 50 Survey of Philippine Literature in English or PAN PIL 12 – TextMo/TextKo: Panimulang Pag-aaral ng Panitikang Pilipino 3 units
THEATRE 10 Onstage, Offstage 3 units
FILM 10 Sining Sine 3 units
MuL 13 World Music Cultures 3 units
MuD 1 Reading Dance 3 units
ART STUD 141 Photography as Art 3 units
ART STUD 195 Curatorship 3 units
HUM 40 Tools and Methods in Digital Humanities 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