Associate Degree Philosophy

AA/AS Degree Philosophy Statements

A program of study leading to an associate degree has two primary components: (1) a focus of study in some field of knowledge (the major) and (2) a broad exposure to additional subject areas that are designed to prepare the student to acquire a greater understanding of the self, the physical and the social world (general education requirements). The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is the most common degree granted. The Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) has fewer general education units and is established to facilitate program completion in high-unit majors or in occupational majors that prepare their graduates to fill a need in the workforce. The two degree options allow faculty to design an appropriate program in the best interest of the students.

Adopted by the Academic/Faculty Senate
April 5, 2007