What You’ll Learn in the Associate of Arts and Sciences Program

When you invest in your education, you’re investing in your future success. Earning an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County will put you on the path to further education and give you a competitive edge in the job market with local and regional employers. 

The Arts and Sciences program offers a strong foundation towards earning a bachelor’s degree in any field of study you choose, through a combination of general education courses and electives, including courses on college writing, oral communication for professionals, mathematics, fine arts, and science.

Earning an associate degree will also help you break into the professional world. In this program, you will gain skills and knowledge employers seek in new hires, including communications, critical thinking, analysis, collaboration, and teamwork skills. Obtaining a degree can also enhance your future earning potential.

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet.

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Convenient, Flexible Education

At UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, you can customize your education to fit your schedule and your academic and professional goals. You can choose to earn your degree on campus or online.

Successful completion of this degree meets the general education requirements for most colleges and universities; therefore, you will be prepared to continue your education at a four-year institution, within the University of Wisconsin system or elsewhere. 

At UW-Platteville, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transition to our Platteville campus, offering ease of access and powerful benefits compared to transferring elsewhere. Learn more about how to continue your education at UW-Platteville.

If you’re interested in taking university classes without pursuing a degree program, we offer plenty of options. Whether you aim to learn new skills or feed your intellectual curiosity, you can customize your educational experience to meet your goals. Check out the academic catalog to learn more about available courses.

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Why Earn an Associate Degree?

Your associate degree will open doors for you. An associate degree offers you several benefits, including: 

  • Higher earning potential
  • Faster entrance into the workforce
  • Increased job security
  • Broader job opportunities
  • More potential for career advancement
  • Seamless transition to a four-year degree

At UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, you will also have exciting opportunities to learn inside and outside of the classroom. You can access career preparation services and career counseling, and you can do an internship or co-op with a local employer to gain work experience in your chosen career field. Additionally, you will have access to student support services designed to help you succeed, such as academic advising, health and mental health services, mentoring, tutoring, and related resources.

Enhanced Career Opportunities

Whether you want to gain a strong start to your career or you’re looking to take your career to the next level, the Associate of Arts and Sciences program is a smart investment.

The program will prepare you for jobs in the corporate, nonprofit, or government sectors. You will learn skills suitable for working in diverse career fields that include banking and finance, criminal justice, education, health services, travel and tourism, public administration, business, technology, and more. Earning your degree is just the beginning of what the future holds.

Potential career opportunities can include: 

  • Paralegal
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Executive assistant
  • Administrative assistant
  • Web developer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Geological and hydrologic technician
  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Computer network support specialist 
  • Customer service representative 
  • Substitute teacher