Associate in Arts

Students can boost their job prospects and prepare for further study at a university with an Associate in Arts degree. An Associate of Arts provides students a general liberal arts education that prepares them for a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Studies may include coursework in humanities, social sciences, history and mathematics, among other subjects. While the Associate of Arts degree helps students gain useful career skills, they are typically designed as a stepping stone into a bachelor’s degree program.

This program is a great start for those who are unsure which major or program interests them. Explore what interests you and find your best fit.

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Associate in Arts

This degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. It is selected by students planning to pursue a career in such fields as the arts, business, creative writing, criminal justice, economics, education, history, interdisciplinary humanities, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, speech communication and world languages.

Sample Courses

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences, influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction will be studied.

Associate Degree Details


  • Teacher, $40,500 starting, $61,000 average annual salary  
  • Paralegal, $32,00 starting, $51,000 average annual salary  
  • Account executive, $71,000 starting, $136,000 average annual salary  
  • Customer service representative, $11.05/hour starting, $16.69/hour average  


Career outlook varies depending on one’s career choice.

Associate in Arts

Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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