Associate of General Education: Degree Overview

Associate of General Education (AGE) degree programs are designed for students who wish to broaden their overall knowledge in a variety of subjects, such as English, history and science. See program requirements and continuing education options.

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Essential Information

The Associate of General Education degree program allows students to broaden their general knowledge while pursuing their own academic goals and interests. Students are expected to stay within a college's guidelines when selecting courses and the courses chosen may need to be approved by the registrar's office early in the degree program. Internships may be required. Applicants to these 2-year programs need a high school diploma or GED. Graduates may pursue bachelor's, master's and/or doctorate degrees.

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Associate's Degree in General Education

AGE coursework is a fairly a broad approach to education and allows students to explore a wide variety of subjects. Most programs have course requirements to be met, especially in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Common courses include:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • English composition
  • History
  • Life science
  • Mathematics

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Students who complete Associate of General Education degree programs may do so with the goal of continuing on to four-year degree programs. Students who finish associate's programs but do not continue their educations elsewhere may progress in many fields. In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) showed that associate's-degree holders of working age have salaries about $10,000 higher than those of high school graduates (

Continuing Education Information

Students with plans to attend four-year degree granting institutions may choose to begin their college careers at two-year institutions and later transfer. It might be important for these students to note that not all AGE degrees are designed to transfer to other programs, although specific course-credits may transfer. For this reason, students expecting to transfer should discuss their plans with the registrars of the school they are attending and any schools to which they hope to transfer. An AGE degree program allows students to design their own curricula to fulfill general education requirements for a four-year program.

Students who are not sure exactly what they want to study or would like a broad education can pursue an associate's degree in general education. Most graduates transfer to earn advanced degrees.

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