As long as we're looking at degrees, what about A.
both associate degree and associate's degree are defined,
whereas neither associate of art nor associate of science is to be found. Associate degree in... is present.
Leo only lists associate of science.
Wik returned no title hit ofr associate of arts degree, but does have an entry called Associate's degree, which includes the following:
An associate's degree is a degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities in Canada and the United States upon completion of a course of study equivalent to the first two years in a four-year college or university. It is the lowest in the hierarchy of academic degrees offered in these countries. Common abbreviations are AA (Associate of Arts), AS (Associate of Science) and AAS (Associate of Applied Science).
Names of Associate's Degrees
Wittstruck (1975) notes that the associate degree goes by several different names formally:
Associate of/in (name of specialty)
Associate of Applied (name of specialty)
Associate of/in Arts
Associate of Arts and Sciences
Associate of/in Applied Arts
Associate of/in Applied Science
Associate in General Education
Associate of/in General Studies
Associate of Individualized Study
Associate in Nursing
Associate of/in Occupational Studies
Associate of/in Science
Associate of Science in Nursing
Associate in Specialized Business
Associate in Specialized Technology
Associate in Technical Arts
Associate of/in Technical Studies
Associate of/in Technology
In 2000, Hong Kong introduced associate's degrees, as an equivalence to higher diplomas. These programmes are provided through affiliated colleges at universities.
In 2004, Australia added "associate degree" to the Australian Qualifications Framework. This title was given to more academically focused advanced diploma courses. However, very few courses yet use the new title.