What is a college degree?

A college degree is certification...

A college degree is certification of completion of state and/or federal educational requirements.
The degree informs the public that you have satisfied the necessary requirements to be considered a graduate of one of the various levels, or "degrees", of educational attainment.
An Associate's Degree marks the completion of two years of college, a Bachelor's marks four years, and a Master's Degree or Ph.D marks a continued level of education beyond a Bachelor's.

*An academic title...

...given by a college or university to a student who has completed a course of study.
Or,... a similar title conferred as an honorary distinction".*
  • American Heritage Dictionary

In military terms
Consider High School graduates as (Private).
An Associate's Degree (Corporal) usually takes two years to complete.
Earning a Bachelor's (Sergeant) takes four,although some finish the curriculum in three and a half years.
A Master's (Lieutenant & Captain) usually takes two years or so.
Doctorates (Major, Colonel & General) vary in lengths of time.

4-year college graduate

Most of the time, the term "college degree" means a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree from a 4-year college or univerity.
Of course "college degree" can refer to higher and lower levels of education that are also marked by "degrees".

List of Academic degrees

This was found on Wikipedia...
Academic degrees
  • Associate's degrees (U.S.) AA, ABS, AS
  • Foundation degrees (U.K.) FdA, FdEd, FdEng, FdMus, FdBus, FdSc, FdTech
  • Bachelor's degrees AB or BA, BSc or SB, BBus, BCom or BComm, BCS, BEc, BEng or BE, BS or BSc, BFA, BD, BHE, BJ, BPharm, BPE, BHK, BCL, LL.B., MB ChB or MB BS or BM BS or MB BChir or MB BCh BAO, BMus, B.Math, BBA, BAdm, MA (Oxon.), MA (Cantab.), MA (Dubl.), MA (Hons)
  • Master's degrees MA, MS or MSc, MSt, MALD, MApol, MPhil, MRes, MFA, MTh, MTS, M.Div., MBA, MPA, MJ, MSW, MPAff, MLIS, MLitt, MPH, MPM, MPP, MPT, MRE, MTheol, LLM, MEng, MSci, MBio, MChem, MPhys, MMath, MMus, MESci, MGeol, MTCM, MSSc, BCL (Oxon), BPhil (Oxon), ThM
  • Specialist degrees Ed.S., SSP, B.Acc., C.A.S.
  • Engineer's degrees Ch.E., B.E., C.E., C.E., E.E., E.A.A., E.C.S., Env.E., Mat.E., Mech.E., Nav.E., Nucl.E., Ocean E., Sys.E.
  • Doctoral degrees PhD, EdD, EngD, DNursSci, DBA, DC, DD, DSc, DLitt, DA, MD, DDS, DMD, DMA, DMus, DCL, ThD, JD, OD, DO, PharmD, DrPH, DPT, DPhil, DOM, OMD, DPM, PsyD, DSW, LL.D., J.S.D., S.J.D.
  • Law degrees B.A. Law, J.D., D.Jur., LL.B., B.C.L., LL.L., LL.M., LL.D., J.S.D., S.J.D., Ph.D.

I have an Associates of Arts, and my pay scale in comparison to the military pay scale puts my earnings in equivelance of a LT COLONEL rank with at least 5 years of service. The ENLISTED ranks to include all pay grades don't even touch what I made last year in pay. I also make more per year than any WARRANT officer ranks until they have hit the 20 year mark or so in pay seniority. So, my friend with the rank structure analogy above. NOT ALL IS WHAT IT SEEMS my friend. NOT ALL IS WHAT IT SEEMS ALL THE TIME.

I'd suggest you do a little research on the Internet of what degrees really are. Consider earning a degree in a technical field. Maybe computer science or healthcare? These are currently in-demand and should help you find a job in the current economy. I'd suggest you read reviews discussing accreditation, student services, financial aid help etc.