The Associate of Arts in General Studies offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that provide a solid foundation for academic achievement and are readily applicable to your educational, personal, or professional interests. In this online degree program, you’ll combine required core courses in English, history, math, and science with elective courses of your choice, enabling you to create your own concentration. Successful achievement of this associate degree shows employers in all fields that you are capable of college-level studies and can persist in completing a degree program. Knowledge from this online associate program can also serve as a springboard to a baccalaureate degree.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in General Studies also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:

  • Use knowledge across a wide diversity of subjects, views, works, and authors, from which they will have a general academic foundation.
  • Identify their personal, academic, and professional/career goals and strategies that are integrated within a meaningful approach to life.
  • Read, write, and analyze effectively across a number of disciplines.
  • Identify issues and problems, then formulate and frame solutions to these problems.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Elective Requirements30
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

 All literature courses require successful completion of  ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or  ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Elective Requirements (30 semester hours)

Students must complete 30 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.