Associate of Arts, A.A.

Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, e-Learning*

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree administered by the School of Arts and Sciences, provides a solid foundation in mathematics, written and oral communication, the natural and social sciences, the humanities and fine arts. The A.A. degree prepares students for career advancements, for transfer to baccalaureate programs and for a better understanding of their world.

The A.A. degree with an emphasis in Northwest Coast Indigenous Arts provides a solid foundation in the art of the Northwest Coast and prepares students for work as a professional artist or scholar. Students with this degree may work towards a B.L.A. or B.A. degree in Alaska Native or Indigenous Studies, transfer to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) based on a partnership between UAS and IAIA, or may work towards a degree in Education in order to teach Northwest Coast arts. 

*The A.A. degree with an emphasis in Northwest Coast Arts is not available via e-learning at this time.

  • Admissions to the A.A. degree program
  • Completion of 60 credits at 100-level or above, including:
  1. At least 20 credits at the 200-level or higher
  2. At least 15 credits completed in residence at UAS
  3. All General Education Requirements (minimum 34 credits)1
  4. 26-27 elective credits, with at least 18 credits from the School of Arts & Sciences (no more than 6 credits from ODS/PE)2
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at UAS

Students in the Northwest Coast Indigenous Arts emphasis are required to take specific GERs.


Does not apply to students in the Northwest Coast Indigenous Arts emphasis.

Northwest Coast Indigenous Arts Emphasis 

General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements, which must include the following:
ANS S101*Introduction to Alaska Native Studies3
ART S260*Indigenous Performing Arts3
One of the following courses:4
*Beginning Tlingit I
*Beginning Haida I
*Beginning Tsimshian I
Program Requirements
ART S181*Beginning Northwest Coast Indigenous Design3
ART S263*Northwest Coast Native Art History & Culture3
ART S295Career Development for the Artist3
ART S350Northwest Coast Art Theory and Practice3
Choose 14 credits from the following courses 114
Fiber Arts-Spinning
Natural Dye
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Harvest and Preparation of Basket Materials
Northwest Coast Tool Making
Artists Studio, Beginning
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Intermediate Northwest Coast Indigenous Design
Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry
Northwest Coast Basket Design
Beginning Northwest Coast Carving
Beginning Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Artists Studio, Intermediate
Advanced Northwest Coast Indigenous Design
Intermediate Northwest Coast Basketry
Intermediate Northwest Coast Carving
Intermediate Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Artists Studio, Advanced
Advanced Northwest Coast Basketry
Advanced Northwest Coast Carving
Advanced Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Advisor-approved ART internships, practica, or independent studies

400-level courses may be repeated for credit.

1. The Associate of Arts degree provides students with a broad general education. It is also designed to be a transfer degree to bachelor degree programs.

a. This is accomplished by providing students with learning opportunities in the core academic areas of mathematics, natural and social sciences, humanities, fine arts and communication. It is worth observing that this description is almost identical to that of the AS degree.