UP Open University

Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts (Curr for Batch 2005-2010)

Associate in Arts (New Curriculum)

Associate in Arts

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.


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:
  • Be a high school graduate or must have passed the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT)
  • 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.)


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 (3 units) (prescribed)

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

COMM 2 Communication Skills 2 (3 units)
  The development of more advanced language skills in critical thinking and effective reading and writing (Prerequisite: COMM 1) (prescribed)
KOM 1     Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 1 (3 units)
  Paglinang sa kakayahang magpahayag sa wikang Filipino, na nakatuon sa mabisa at mapanuring pagbasa at pagsulat
KOM 2  Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 2 (3 units)
  Paglinang sa kasanayan sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa higit na mapanuring pag-iisip at masinop na pananaliksik
COMM 3     Speech Communication (3 units)
  The development of communicative competence in listening and speaking in various communication situations (Prerequisite: COMM 1)
HUM 1     Literature, Society, and the Individual (3 units)
  Literary discourse as an expression of individual experience and social values (Prerequisite: COMM 1)
HUM 2     Art, Man, and Society (3 units)
  A study of the visual arts and music as products of the creative imagination in dynamic interaction with society (Prerequisite: COMM 1
HUMA 1   Panitikan, Tao at Lipunan (3 units)
  Ang pag-aaral ng iba’t ibang anyong pampanitikan bilang malikhaing pahayag ng mga indibidwal na karanasan at mga pagpapahalaga at mithiin ng lipunan
ENG 157 English for the Professions (3 units)
  Theory and practice of writing in the professions  (Prerequisite: COMM 1)
Social Sciences and Philosophy domain (15 units)
HIST 1/KAS 1 Philippine History/Kasaysayan at mga Institusyong Pilipino (3 units)
  The political, economic, social, and cultural development of the Philippines  (prescribed)
HIST 2/KAS 2     Asia and the World/Ang Asya at ang Mundo  (3 units)
  A study of Asian cultural heritage in relation to world civilization (prescribed)
SOC SCI 1 Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences (3 units)
  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
SOC SCI 2  Social, Economic, and Political Thought (3 units)
  A survey of social, economic, and political thought from classical to contemporary times
SOC SCI 13  Gender and Society  
PHILO 1 Philosophical Analysis (3 units)
  Application of basic concepts, skills, and principles drawn from the Philosophy of Language, Symbolic Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, and Ethics
Mathematics, Science and Technology domain (15 units)
MATH 1 Fundamental Concepts and Applications of Mathematics (3 units) (prescribed)
STS Science, Technology, and Society (3 units) (prescribed)
NATSCI 1  Foundations of Natural Science 1 (3 units)
  Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of physics and chemistry
NATSCI 2  Foundations of Natural Science 2 (3 units)
  Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of earth and life sciences
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  (3 units)
  The Life and Works of Jose Rizal and other Philippine Institutions  
Other required courses (12 units)
COMP ED 1    Computer Education 1 (3 units)
    Introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentations, and the Internet
COMP ED 2 Introduction to Web Design and Publishing (3 units)
  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 (Prerequisite: COMP ED 1)
PHILO 173  Practical Ethics (3 units)
  Moral issues in practical situations and the application of ethical theories
MATH 11 College Algebra (3 units)
  Linear equations; algebraic and graphical solutions of the quadratic equations; exponents and radical; complex numbers; binomial expansion; determinants; progressions; theory of equations
Physical Education courses (8 units)
PE 1 Foundation of Physical Fitness (2 units)
PE 2 Walking for Fitness (2 units)
  Physiological concepts, proper practice, and techniques of walking for fitness
PE 2    Hatha Yoga (2 units)
  The principles and practice of hatha yoga  
PE 2 Chess (2 units)
  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.
National Service Training Program (6 units)
CWTS 1    Civic Welfare Training Service 1 (3 units)
  Citizenship and community service course 1  
CWTS 2   Civic Welfare Training Service 2 (3 units)
  Citizenship and community service course 2  

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.





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