The Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies combines general education and elective courses, offering a solid foundation for a faith-based liberal arts education. The AA coursework is offered in evening and online formats. This accelerated program allows for greater freedom in choosing courses that meet the unique scheduling needs of working adults. It also provides students the general education requirements necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree, with the exception of education and nursing/health care programs, and the Psychology and Biblical Studies majors. Please refer to specific program catalog pages for General Education and Liberal Arts requirements for these programs.
The AA requires a total of 60 credit hours for graduation, which includes 45 credit hours of general education and 15 semester hours of elective credit. Prior college, military, and technical credits can be used toward the AA degree. Students may transfer in a maximum of 45 credit hours (75% of the AA degree requirements). Students may take a maximum of 15 credit hours of 300 and 400 level courses in the AA degree program.
Depending upon how many hours are taken each semester, it is possible for a student with no previous college courses to complete an AA in as little as 18 months. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
This academic program has been updated from the 2015-2016 Academic Catalog, effective November 30, 2015. Students who began their academic program before November 30, 2015 will adhere to the requirements listed in the 2015-2016 Catalog as long as there is no break in enrollment. Students who began their academic program on November 30, 2015 through the end of the spring 2016 term are under the requirements of the 2015-2016 Addended Catalog, listed below.
The Associate of Arts in General Studies requires completion of the following:
General Education (45 hours)
Electives (15 hours)