Associate of Arts Degree Offered in Columbia

William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue an associate of arts in liberal studies (AA) without quitting work. The program will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Columbia site, 3100 Falling Leaf Court, Columbia.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Professional Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at


The AA consists of a 64-hour, 21-course program of general education. Completion will qualify a student for admission into a degree-completion program of the university.


Courses are facilitated by practicing professionals. Classes meet one night a week for four hours and courses normally run six weeks. The program makes it possible for a person with a full-time job to complete a degree while remaining employed.


 “William Woods University is a leader when it comes to designing quality programs for nontraditional adult students.  Everything we do is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Michael Westerfield, vice president of Graduate and Professional Studies.


Non-traditional students reflect a growing national trend as more full-time working adults realize the value of maintaining a sustained involvement in higher education. Many adult students recognize that they need additional education either to advance in their current positions or to change careers.


In addition to the AA, William Woods offers several other Graduate and Professional Studies programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis and a B.S. in paralegal studies.


Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA), MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (Ed.S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership.


William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods web site at