Associate of Arts Degree Program Offered in Jefferson City

William Woods University is offering Jefferson City 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. Feb. 17 at the William Woods facility in Jefferson City, 3405 West Truman Blvd.

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

Lynn Quick is pursuing an AA through William Woods. She recommends WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies program because, “The classes at William Woods are small and we’ve become like a family—we help each other.”

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.

Currently, the AA program is offered in Fulton/Mexico, Columbia and Jefferson City. 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 here at WWU in our Graduate and Adult Studies program is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Betty R. Tutt, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

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 Adult Studies programs, including ACCESS (general education), a bachelor of science degree in management, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration, an MBA with an accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis, an MBA with human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in both administration and in curriculum/instruction and a specialist of education in school administration.

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