Is associate in applied arts the same asassociate of arts degree?
==Answers== Whenever so see the word "Applied" within a degree
title, you know there is going to be a difference. The "Applied"
degrees are what we call "Career Oriented," meaning they very
particular to the field, and usually designed in such a way as to
give the student much of the basics for entry level positions
within that field. While this may be good for individuals who have
an urgency to get out into the work force quickly, it may or may
not be good in terms of transfer to a four year institution. Still,
there are some applied degrees that are fully transferable
especially when the community college has special articulations
with other four year colleges and universities. An individual who
may be interested in an "Applied" degree should contact the
Transfer Counselor at the school they are attending for more
insight into the pros and cons of such a degree. One of the
differences between an Arts, Science, and Applied Science/Arts
degree is the amount of general education requirements needed to
complete the degree for graduation purposes. The Arts degree is
really meant for transfer to a four year institution where the
student has the opportunity to complete a Bachelor's degree.
Therefore, much of the course work is designed to fulfill the
general education cluster (first two years of study) of the four
year institution with some courses that will serve as prerequisites
for the higher level courses within the Junior and Senior years.
The Associates in Science will have less general educational
requirements, and the Applied area even less. Viper1