The Associate of Arts Degree is a two-year undergraduate degree offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
For full program description, requirements, and policies, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science concentrations:
The Associate of Arts Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. Program requirements include a minimum of 36 credits in arts, including 18 credits in arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas, such as psychology, economics, Asian studies, philosophy, history, and sociology.
Upon completion of the Associate of Arts Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or to continue their undergraduate studies.
Transfer to 3rd/4th Year at a University
An Associate of Arts Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university.
Some BC universities also admit Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Enter the Workforce
International students completing the Associate of Arts Degree program at Alexander College are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Our Associate of Arts Degree Program will enhance skills as well as provide experiences and aptitudes in the following areas:
Natural curiosity about the world
Understanding of the global context
Appreciation of intellectual thought and human creativity
Openness to a variety of different viewpoints
Capacity for and interest in self-directed life-long learning
Social consciousness and responsibility
The Associate of Arts degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
III. 36 credits in arts which shall include:
IV. 9 credits in arts, science, or other areas
Arts education provides students with the flexibility to explore a range of academic interests, and makes possible a variety of career opportunities. The degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
What jobs can you get with an Associate of Arts Degree? With an Associate of Arts Degree, students can seek entry-level employment in business, education, not-for-profit, or government services.
Examples of positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Customer Support or Service Representative
Assistant Retail Manager
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In our newest Alumni spotlight, we reconnect with Augustpreet who has been featured in several of our AC Original videos! Ever since Graduating, August has become a vlogger on YouTube and has traveled to the Philippines and the US!
He's now passionate about wanting to become a motivational speaker and hopes new students at AC seize all the opportunities they've been given.Watch Video
As one of our student workers, Mana loves interacting with her fellow peers and making new friends at clubs such as the Spanish Club.
She is hoping to one day own her own company and also enjoys playing the violin and ice skating when taking a break from her studies.Watch Video
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She is also hoping to one day work in a legal office and believes that new students should try volunteering or becoming a student worker to better know the local culture and lifestyle.Watch Video
We meet Elisa who came to Canada as his first time living abroad. When not studying, he loves playing soccer and is currently part of a local team.
He hopes new students embrace facing new adventures and have confidence when trying out new experiences!Watch Video
We feature Huyen Trang who also goes by Jessie! As a current member of ACSA, Jessie enjoys connecting with people both in person and through social media.
She hopes her role in the student association as well as her studies in marketing and humanities help inspire her fellow peers and international students looking at studying abroad.Watch Video
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