The Associate of Arts Degree is a two-year undergraduate degree offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
Students within the Associate of Arts Degree program will gain multi-disciplinary knowledge in the faculties of arts, humanities, and social sciences, and develop their critical thinking and research skills. The program provides a comprehensive learning experience that also allows students to customize their coursework in order to focus on an area of personal interest.
The Associate of Arts Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. Program requirements include a minimum of 36 credits in arts, including 18 credits in arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas, such as psychology, economics, Asian studies, philosophy, history, and sociology.
Upon completion of the Associate of Arts Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or to continue their undergraduate studies. An Associate of Arts Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university. Some BC universities also admit Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Some BC universities also admit Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
International students completing the Associate of Arts Degree program at Alexander College are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
The Associate of Arts degree program develops academic skills in the following areas:
Written and oral communication
Mathematical and scientific reasoning
Computer and technological literacy
Research and evaluative skills
Analysis, synthesis, and integration of knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Application of theoretical understanding to practice
Collaborative and team-based experience
In addition, the Associate of Arts degree program provides experience and aptitudes in the following areas:
Natural curiosity about the world
Understanding of the global context
Appreciation of intellectual thought and human creativity
Openness to a variety of different viewpoints
Capacity for and interest in self-directed life-long learning
Social consciousness and responsibility.
The Associate of Arts degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
3 credits in mathematics, computer science or statistics (statistics courses taught in subject areas of commerce and psychology may also be used)
3 credits in a laboratory science
III. 36 credits in arts which shall include:
6 credits in the social sciences
6 credits in humanities other than English
24 additional credits in arts, 18 of which must be taken at the second-year level in two or more subject areas
IV. 9 credits in arts, science, or other areas
Arts education provides students with the flexibility to explore a range of academic interests, and makes possible a variety of career opportunities.
The degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
With an Associate of Arts Degree, students can seek entry-level employment in business, education, not-for-profit, or government services.
Examples of positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Assistant Retail Manager
Customer Service Representative
Customer Support Representative
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