Associate of Arts

Arts Fundamentals

The Associate of Arts degree cultivates in students the habit of life-long learning through a diverse curriculum and teaches students to think critically and creatively about their perceptions of ideas, events and people. This degree is designed to position the student for successful employment, career advancement or more focused study at the baccalaureate level.

  • Core curriculum includes English, history, science, mathematics and social studies, and learning fundamental skills in research, composition and reading comprehension
  • Students learn how to:
    • listen carefully
      • analyze information
      • formulate solutions
      • communicate in a clear, concise and authentic manner
    • Programs can be used as the basis to continue your education and obtain a bachelor’s degree

    Our Faculty

    • are innovative and interactive
    • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

    Akron Advantage

    Real-world Experience

    Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program or an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

    Learning Outcomes


    Sample Curriculum


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    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees pave the way to careers in a wide range of fields, including:

    • communication
    • government
    • education
    • business
    • social sciences

    Career Outlook

    In an age of globalization and an increasingly competitive marketplace, employers put a greater value on education now than at any other time in our history.

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.