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2016-17 Academic Catalog 
2016-17 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Without Walls - UWWL.AA

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The University Without Walls is an adult bachelor’s degree program of the University of Massachusetts in which students design an individualized degree in a field of their choice, and have the option of converting learning from life experience into academic credit.

The University Without Walls transfer option (UWWL.AA) of the General Studies associate degree provides adult learners with the opportunity to complete UMass general education requirements; develop critical reading, writing and thinking skills; and make connections between a liberal arts education and life experience. This option is ideal for adults who have career and life experiences and who are interested in a four-year degree, but have few or no college credits. This program is under the Commonwealth Transfer Compact. Students who graduate from this General Studies Option with a grade point average of 2.0 or better will be accepted into the University Without Walls, or into any state institution of higher learning.

Students enrolled in this option become part of the larger Springfield Center University Without Walls student body, and are invited to participate in UWW social events and workshops, receive periodic mailings and newsletters from UWW, and maintain contact with the UWW advisors at STCC. For more information please see the Handbook of Liberal Arts Transfer and General Studies Programs 2013-14 .


Minimum of 60 credits for the associate degree program in General Studies.

Because most students in the UWWL.AA option will be part time, the required courses are not listed in semester sequence. It is recommended, however, that students complete ENG-101 - English Composition 1 , as early as possible in their program.

The remaining credits may be earned through elective courses. Students may pursue coursework in a particular field of interest or continue with a liberal arts program.

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.

(UWWL.AA) Curriculum

Total (UWWL.AA) Curriculum Program Credits: 60


  1. Art , Music , College Theater-including ENG-250  Introduction to the Theatre, Foreign Language  or Philosophy .
  2. Diversity- In addition to SOC-101  students must take one of the following courses that involves studies of diverse cultures outside of the United States. Must include one of the following Diversity courses: ANT-101 , SOC-200 , SOC-205 , ENG-245 , or HIS-103 .

Graduation Requirements-minimum of 60 credits with a 2.0 GPA (which must include 2 diversity courses).

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