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Associate in Arts Degrees


Associate in Arts (AA) Degree

The Associate in Arts degree (AA) is a general studies degree. It can stand alone, giving you the skills to enter the workforce. Or, it can be the first steps towards earning a bachelor degree at a four-year university.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA) Requirements

An Associate degree is granted upon successful completion of a program of study with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) and a minimum of 60-degree applicable semester units, including:

  • Completion of the area of emphasis with a grade of C or higher in each course, or with a P if the course was taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, and the P is equal to a C or higher; 
  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: SMC GE, CSU GE, or IGETC;
  • Completion of the SMC Global Citizenship graduation requirement.

Associate in Arts Degree Options