Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree provides a framework for understanding the disciplines and skills of a liberal arts degree, a foundation for further study at the bachelor's degree level, and an initial academic credential required for career advancement. The degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent of two years of undergraduate study.

The courses completed for the degree count toward all Bachelor of Science degree programs at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Students preparing for a career in nursing are encouraged to meet with an advisor to select courses that meet admission requirements for Bachelor of Science nursing degree programs.

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies offers the Associate in Arts degree with concentrations in the following areas:

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences; and others with authorization
  • Social Sciences (online option available): Anthropology; Economics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and others with authorization
  • Humanities (online option available): Classics; History; Literature; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Art History; and others with authorization
  • Professional Studies (online option available): Business; Communications; Journalism; Health Care; Clinical Research Management; Sustainability; and others with authorization

Fully Online Option

At the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, we understand adult students may need more flexibility to work around busy schedules. Available 100% online or in-person, our Associate in Arts degree was designed to be a flexible option for busy professionals.

Students who decide to complete the Associate in Arts program online will select a concentration in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Professional Studies. Courses are selected from multiple departments within those areas rather than in a single department. Students interested in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics concentration will need to take some courses on campus.

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