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The Arts and Culture associates degree exposes students to a broad overview of history, literature, the arts, and culture. The degree program includes courses in the liberal arts subjects and prepares critical thinkers for cultural conversations and employment in various fields. Students also receive a strong foundation and technical skills for further education in a bachelor's program.

The associate of arts degree is designed for working professionals to complete in 12-24 months, 100 percent online. You will work through 33 credits at the cost of $299 per credit. To earn your associate degree, a further 28 credits is needed, for a total of 60 credits

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Program Details

Standard Completion Time

Full-time | 12 months | Two 8-week classes at a time | Online Only

Part-time | 24 months | One 8-week class at a time | Online Only

Program Credits: 33
(60 total credits needed for an Associates)

Cost Per Credit: $299

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Start Terms

  • January 2, 2023
    Online only
  • February 27, 2023
    Online only
  • May 1, 2023
    Online only

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Program Highlights

  • Start the associate of arts program with no college credit or finish off your associates degree or bachelor's degree here. Start by trying one course!
  • Complete each 8-week course 100% online.
  • Begin at any of the six-start times offered every two months throughout the year.
  • The Arts and Culture, A.S. satisfies all liberal arts requirements needed to complete a many of the bachelor’s degree programs at Roberts.
  • Most books, videos, homework assignments, and other resources are all available online.
  • Earn credit for life and work experiences through prior learning assessments like, Life Learning Papers (LLPs), DSST/CLEP exams, military transcripts, and other approved training, and more.
  • Faculty to student ratios are low for the Associate of Arts degree program.Students receive personalized attention and support throughout the program.

What to Expect Upon Enrollment in the A.S. in Arts & Culture Degree Program

Entry to the A.S. degree program is straightforward with a high school diploma. The A.S. degree program will grant an associates degree on an undergraduate basis, and will create a course schedule to fulfill the 33 credits needed to complete the program. To finish an associates degree and continue to a bachelor’s degree program, you will need 60 total credits. The curriculum consists of the following core courses, plus electives.


You can expect to take courses in English Composition and the Fundamentals of Oral Communication to complete the AS degree program.


You’ll need to take a course in College Math. While this seems to have little to do with a liberal arts degree, it is helpful for improving critical thinking skills, which are needed for a variety of vocations such as business administration, nursing, social work, and teacher education

Core Requirements

The core courses include:

  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Oral Communication
  • Principles of Political Science
  • Introduction to Literature
  • The Art of Film
  • Reforming Art
  • Media, Religion, and Faith
  • Music History and Literature
  • Western History in Context
  • Art elective
  • Music elective


  • Additional credits as needed to reach the degree requirement of 60 credits for graduation. Electives may also include courses needed to satisfy prerequisites in a bachelor’s degree program.

Financial Aid for Associate Degree Programs

There are several financial aid programs for the AS degree program. These include:

  • Federal low-interest student loans
  • PELL grants for low-income students
  • The Robert's Alumni Discount of 10% for students who previously graduated from Roberts

Career Options and Bachelor’s Degree Programs for AS AA Degree Graduates

Associate degrees holders may choose from a wide range of fields after their AS program. You will carefully assess which courses to take and the future education you will need depending on your career path.

AS degrees provide an excellent foundation for a diverse range of careers. These range from administrative, managerial, retail, and customer service in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, business, law, education, social work, and healthcare.

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