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Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is a broad degree emphasizing general education. Students may satisfy many basic requirements traditionally associated with freshman and sophomore years, enabling them a smooth transition into a baccalaureate program. The Associate in Arts degree is a 60-credit program.

Scott Pennington

“People are often surprised to learn that, although I am an attorney, I am also a high school dropout… It took me approximately two years to complete my degree at Thomas Edison. In addition to utilizing CLEP tests, and portfolio assessment, I was able to apply credits from my military training and from course work completed at various colleges.”

Scott Pennington, AA ’86

Associate in Arts Credit Distribution

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education 40-42
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-6
II. Electives 18-20
Total Credits 60

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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