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 many CAGS bachelor’s degrees. 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 42 credit hours of general education and 18 semester hours of elective credit. Prior college, military, technical credits and prior learning credit 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.
The Associate of Arts in General Studies requires completion of the following:
General Education (42 hours)
Electives (18 hours)
Choose one Science course. While open to all CAGS students, the Biology Lab is not required for the AA General Studies degree, nor for Business/Technology majors. Labs cannot be taken as stand alone courses to fulfill this requirement.