The Associate in Arts degree is designed to satisfy the lower division requirements of Bachelor in Arts degrees, thereby, preparing students to transfer to upper division baccalaureate program. The studies required in this degree embody the characteristics of an educated person and generally place emphasis upon the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields within these disciplines.

Graduation from an associates program assures that students have been provided a foundation in general education that enables them to appreciate their culture and environment as well as different cultures of the world: the development of a system of personal values based on accepted ethics that lead to civic and social responsibility: and the attainment of communication skills necessary for growth as a lifelong learner. It also assures the employer that graduates have satisfactorily completed at least 60 credit hours.