Associate of Arts

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NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers the Associate in Arts degree for those students who wish to complete the first two years of their higher education goals in a high quality, cost-effective way before transferring to a four-year university. This degree encompasses a liberal arts core, such as Language Arts, Performing and Visual Arts, Communication and Design.  An A.A. does not focus on a particular vocational skill; instead, the aim is to give students a breadth of knowledge, basic analysis, and communication skills necessary to succeed in a variety of situations.
The difference between an A.A. and an A.S. is the elective courses you take. An A.A. focuses on elective courses that emphasize Arts and Humanities.

Arts and Humanities

Courses in this domain explore the aesthetic qualities that define us as humans and concepts such as beauty, love, hate, truth, hope, and despair. The arts are essential to what it means to be human. This exploration provides a deeper and richer perception of ourselves and the world around us. Arts & Humanities emphasizes our interconnectedness, broadens our cultural perspective, and serves to liberate and awaken one's own creativity.
Our instructors take advantage of the many cultural offerings throughout northwest Arkansas such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Arts Center by offering off-site meetings, sponsoring special performances, and hosting educational opportunities at these attractions. We are also proud to have our own performance and exhibition venues on campus for seasonal art, music concerts, and theater productions, giving our students the opportunity to spotlight their work throughout the year.
With a full calendar of student and faculty art exhibitions, music concerts, and theater productions, the visual and performing arts community is thriving at NWACC.
Why start your education at NWACC:
  • Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios.
  • Courses are taught by highly-qualified instructors, some of whom are published writers and composers, award winning musicians, and playwrights.
  • Courses are delivered to suit your schedule and situation – online, in-person, day, evening, and even weekend classes are available!
  • You can significantly reduce the cost of your higher education by utilizing a transfer degree from NWACC.

Formats and Locations:

Courses required for the Associate of Arts degree program are available 100% online, providing you the convenience of learning when and where you want. Courses are also available at the main campus in Bentonville and in Washington County.


For more information on the Associate of Arts program, contact Juanita Ferguson at 479.619.4157 or