Selecting an Associate's Degree
Earning an associate's, then working on your bachelor's, is a great way to start college
Types of Associate's Degrees
The three most common types of associate degrees are the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science.
Associate of Arts (AA)
An AA degree normally requires a minimum of 60 hours in lower level studies, with a large percentage in traditional arts and sciences, such as math, English, social science, history, and often a foreign language. The AA can be more time consuming due to the greater requirements for traditional academic courses, but it can be your best option if you are considering a career in education or communications-related fields.
Associate of Science (AS)
An AS degree normally requires less arts and science courses and has no foreign language requirement, and allows a greater number of credits from free electives. An AS is often the fastest and most flexible route to a degree due to the decreased number of elective credits.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
AAS degrees are normally professional in nature, such as in the areas of technology, mechanics, etc. AAS degrees are often the easiest to earn, but they can be limiting when it comes to applying those credit towards a bachelor's later. When you select an AAS degree program, make sure that it aligns with your career goals.