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Types of associate's degrees


Thursday, October 20, 2011
When you enroll in a community college, you will typically be working towards an associate's degree. However, this credential can vary depending on your college major, as some degrees are designed to help you transfer to a bachelor's degree program, while others prepare you for a career.

If you are pursuing a degree in the liberal arts or social sciences, including college majors such as English, history, political science or psychology, you will typically earn an Associate of Arts. An Associate of Science can be earned in subjects such as biology and mathematics.

An associate’s degree typically is awarded after the completion of 60 to 64 credits. The credits you receive in either Associate of Arts or Associate of Science programs are designed to transfer into a four-year college or university, where you can complete a bachelor's degree in your chosen field.

If you plan to enter the workforce directly after the completion of your community college studies, you should consider earning an occupational associate's degree to expedite your entry into the job market. Degrees in business administration, nursing or industrial technology often lead to employment opportunities straight from college. Over the course of these two-year programs, you acquire skills that will serve you in entry-level positions. The education you receive is also more focused on your desired career field, so you often take fewer general education courses.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800623570-ADNFCR

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