Liberal Arts AA
The Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts degree is a 60-credit, undergraduate degree offered in-person at both FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck and Florham Campus in Madison, as well as entirely online. The AA degree is ideally suited to students, including adult learners, with little or no previous college credit. The program offers a timely and cost-effective way to earn an associate’s degree as either a terminal degree or as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree.
- Offered fully online, as well as on-campus
- Tuition for the AA program is 50 percent less than standard FDU tuition, with additional aid available from the Office of Veterans Services to eligible students
- Rolling admissions and convenient year-round scheduling with classes that are 8-10 week sessions
- Up to 30 credits of the 60 credit AA degree can come from sources such as transfer credits from other institutions, standardized exams (e.g. CLEP, TECEP, DANTES), military/professional training evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE), and FDU’s assessment of prior learning that was attained outside the traditional classroom
- Seamless transition to FDU’s bachelor of arts degree completion program
- One-on-one support is available in the form of in-person and online tutoring
- There is no fee to apply
- Proof of a high school diploma (official transcript) or GED
- Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities (if applicable)
- No SAT or ACT scores required
The AA is designed for those with few (up to 30) or no transfer credits and can eventually roll directly into the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program.
The minimum requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree are:
- Completion of 60 credits of acceptable college work; up to 64 credits can be earned in the AA program prior to transferring to an upper-division program.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
- Completion of 30 credits (normally the last 30) taken at FDU.
Online AA Enrollment
The online AA option consists of registration forms and processes that are particular to this modality. The following links contain forms to assist students with enrollment in online courses.
- Course registration form
- Course add/drop form
- Application for readmission
- AA Checksheet
- Online programs reference guide
- Billing and payment FAQs
- Corporate reimbursement deferred payment plan
Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills (12 credits)
The ability to use the English language, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the program.
- ENGL 1111 Literature & Composition I (3 credits)
- ENGL1112 Literature & Composition II (3 credits)
- MATH1131 College Mathematics I or MATH 1141 Mathematical Methods (3 credits)
- MIS1135 Intro to Computers (3 credits)
Liberal Arts and Sciences (27 credits)
Students are exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas.
Humanities (18 credits)
Courses in four areas such as:
- Cultural Arts or Film
- Fine Arts
Social Sciences (6 credits )
Courses in two areas such as:
Natural Sciences (3 credits)
A course in one of the following areas:
- Life Sciences
- Earth and Planetary Sciences
University Core (6 credits)
Free Electives (15-18 credits)
Students should consult with their advisor for help in selecting from the many varied course offerings. Electives can be chosen to form a specialization in business or public service administration. Certain courses may be important in the development of an upper-division major. Students at Petrocelli College are permitted to take select electives as part of the AA undergraduate program from varied course offerings including: cybersecurity, health and human resources, general science, data analytics, digital media, business, public administration, applied technology and more.
Program Learning Outcomes
Each college program has identified outcome measures that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the program. The following are outcome measures that will be assessed for the AA program:
- Communication: An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form using technology as a tool to enhance presentations when appropriate.
- Critical Thinking: An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking skills to understand and solve problems from a variety of perspectives and in a global context.
- Analytic Understanding: An understanding of basic mathematical tools and principles.
AA For High School Graduates
FDU is New Jersey’s only private university to offer a comprehensive, full-time associate degree program for recent high school graduates.
- Leading to the Associate of Arts degree, this full-time program of study offers the personal support and attention of a smaller college environment.
- As an AA student, you can take full advantage of University resources and activities — academic, social, cultural and recreational — that are available to FDU undergraduates.
- Upon successful completion of the program, you can transfer seamlessly into many of the nearly 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations offered at the University’s Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck, NJ) or Florham Campus (Madison, NJ).
- As a graduate of the program, you’ll automatically receive an annually renewable $4,000 Alumni Award to continue your studies at FDU.
CORE1001 The purpose of this course is to stimulate personal reflection by carefully examining situations in which individuals struggle to come to grips with some very important features of self--integrity, purity of heart, the ability to make choices. Individuals seek to find meaning in their consciousness of their own mortality and to forge understandings of themselves through consciousness of their relation to nature. The effects of genetics, internal conflict, the totalitarian state and social prejudice pose challenges to the very survival of the individual self, but the challenges show individuals' courage to grow and to survive. Readings include Plato's Apology and Crito, Gilgamesh, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Wiesel's Night and Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
CORE3004 This capstone course of The University Core sequence examines three topics- global economics, the environment, and world governance/ citizenship. Critical thinking skills are brought to bear on values at issue in each of these areas.
ENGL1111 Principles of grammar, rhetoric and style; expository writing; introduction to literary forms, especially short fiction. Prerequisite to all other English courses. Fall, Spring
ENGL1112 Expository writing; literary criticism; introduction to literary forms, especially drama, poetry and the novel; research techniques. Fall, Spring
MATH1131 Set theory, number sets, coordinate geometry, matrices, number theory. Fall, Spring
MATH1141 Linear and nonlinear equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, simple and compound interest, annuities, matrices and simultaneous equations, sets, introduction to calculus. Fall, Spring
MIS1135 An overview of computers. Topics include hardware, software components,word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and the Internet.