Degree Descriptions

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Associate degrees typically require between 60-64 credits and can be completed in two years, if attending college full-time. Four types of associate degrees are offered at Clinton Community College.

  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.): An A.A.S. degree prepares graduates for immediate employment in their field of study. While the A.A.S. degree is designed primarily to make you marketable for a job upon graduation, many four-year institutions will accept these credits toward a bachelor's degree, should you decide to pursue further education.

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.): An A.A. degree prepares graduates to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. It typically includes a liberal arts and science background, with greater importance placed on the humanities. Students who complete this degree will have received a comprehensive general education comprising a number of subject areas including the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social sciences.

  • Associate of Science (A.S.): An A.S. degree prepares graduates to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. It typically includes a liberal arts and science background, with greater emphasis placed on the fields of math and science. Students who complete this degree will have received a comprehensive general education comprising a number of subject areas including the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social sciences.

  • Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.): An A.O.S. degree prepares graduates for a specific career path. The curriculum is based primarily on vocational-level training and does not require any liberal arts courses outside the field.

CERTIFICATE

Certificates are typically completed in one year or less, if attending college full-time. Certificate programs are appropriate for those who seek a credential for entry-level work in a specialized field or for individuals with previous college degrees or credits who wish to increase their career skills. Credits earned through a certificate program can be applied toward an associate degree in the same area.

 

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