Why the Associate of Arts and Science Degree? Discover the Benefits.

  1. The Associate of Arts and Science degree serves as the foundation for many college majors and bachelor's degrees. In fact, many universities consider students with an Associate of Arts and Science degree to have satisfied university-wide general education breadth requirements.
  2. The Associate of Arts and Science degree allows you to work toward your higher education right away – without requiring that you determine a major.
  3. The Associate of Arts and Science degree shows employers that you’ve built advanced skills in communication and critical thinking, which are vital for success in today’s workplace.
  4. Completing an emphasis allows you to expand your knowledge and skills in areas of personal, professional and academic interest, while often completing pre-major course requirements.
  5. The Associate of Arts and Science degree can typically be completed in two years, a relatively short time commitment.
  6. Earning your Associate of Arts and Science degree gives you a sense of accomplishment and an educational highlight on your résumé, even if you plan to continue toward your bachelor's degree.
  7. Those with Associate of Arts and Science degrees make more money annually than those with less education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 the median weekly salary for all workers holding an associate degree was $777. That amounts to $126 more per week than those who had only earned a high school diploma and $305 more per week than those who had not graduated from high school.
  8. Associate of Arts and Science degree holders have a lower unemployment rate than the national average. In 2013 the median unemployment rate for all workers holding an Associate of Arts and Science degree in the U.S. was 5.4%, which is .7% below the national average and is 2.1% lower than those who had earned only a high school diploma.


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