Associate of Arts Degree Program Offered in Mid-Missouri

William Woods University is offering mid-Missouri area residents the opportunity to pursue an associate of arts in liberal studies (AA) without quitting work. The program will be offered in both Fulton and Columbia.

An orientation will be held for Fulton at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Burton Business Building on the William Woods campus. A Columbia orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the William Wood facility in Columbia, located at 3100 Falling Leaf Ct.

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 the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a bachelor of science in marketing, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with 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