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The Associate of Arts (AA) is an undergraduate degree program designed for students who want a rigorous and diverse general curriculum. You will take courses in a broad range of disciplines, studying the Humanities, Social Sciences, Math, Natural Sciences, Language, Culture, and Fine Arts. Additionally, you can customize your academic plan with electives catered to your professional and personal interests.

This post-secondary academic credential positions you for career advancement, and may be a first step towards earning your Bachelor's degree. An Associate's degree is also an appropriate pursuit for students who may be undecided on a major and still exploring their interests and career options.  

The AA degree requires students to complete 20 courses and a minimum of 60 credits, 30 of which must be taken at Villanova University. Up to 30 credits can be transferred from an accredited institution.

You can complete your Associate's degree in-person on Villanova's campus, online, or as a hybrid program. 

Most courses within the degree are also offered as accelerated FastForward courses, which run for seven weeks and enable students to finish at a faster pace.



Humanities in Augustinian Tradition - 12 Credits

  • ACS 1000 Ancients
  • ACS 1001 Moderns
  • PHI 1000 Knowledge, Reality, Self
  • THL 1000 Faith, Reason, and Culture

Civic and Ethical Leadership - 3 Credits

  • ETH 2050 Ethical Tradition and Contemporary Life

Core Literature and Writing Seminar - 3 Credits  

  • ENG 1975

History ‐ 3 Credits

  • Course designated as Core History

Fine Arts ‐ 3 Credits

  • Art History, Studio Art (Drawing, Painting, Calligraphy, Printmaking, Photography), Theater

Social Science - 3 Credits

  • Economics, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography & the Environment, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, or Sociology

Math - 3 Credits

  • Elementary Statistics or similar

Foreign Language ‐ 6 Credits

  • Approved Culture Courses        

Natural Science ‐ 6 Credits

  • Mendel Science Experience Courses, Astronomy, Meteorology  

Free Electives - 18 Credits

Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements. Once you have reviewed the process and requirements, you may apply to your program of interest.

Many students who complete their Associate's degree ultimately decide they want to move into a Bachelor's degree program to further their professional advancement and personal satisfaction.

Students who complete their Associate of Arts (AA) degree at Villanova in the College of Professional Studies and maintain a required minimum GPA are granted automatic acceptance into a CPS bachelor's degree program. The Associate's degree curriculum maps into the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Majors include:

  • General Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Development and Management
  • Public Service and Administration


Summer I and III Deadline May 24
Summer II Deadline June 24
Fall I Deadline — August 16
Fall II Deadline — October 11

College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.