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An associate degree is an option for students seeking to earn a degree within a short period of time. This undergraduate degree follows two years of study and prepares students for entry-level positions in a field of choice, as well as a possible future bachelor's degree.

What is an associate degree in general studies? For students who plan to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the future but have yet to decide on a major, this degree offers a foundation to later build on. Courses are basic and cover a wide range of subjects: Mathematics, history, biology, economics, literature and more are possible. The curriculum is designed to encourage basic competency across multiple fields and help students explore potential interests.

While taking an associate degree in general studies, students typically develop an all-around portfolio of fundamental life and career skills that can be applied in most fields. Among many other possible skills, students may build on their proficiency with communication, analysis, problem-solving and ethics.

As a two-year undergraduate program, an associate degree in general studies is relatively inexpensive compared to other degrees, with tuition costs reflecting this duration. Students can consult with their school of choice to find more specific information on the program.

An associate degree in general studies is typically a transitory stage in one’s higher education rather than a goal or endpoint in itself; typically, the intent is to complete the earlier, more fundamental courses and use that time to decide on a more concrete major, then proceed into a bachelor’s degree. That said, most employers are more willing to hire applicants who have at least an associate degree over with only a high school diploma, for positions ranging from sales associate to manager or administrative assistant.

Numerous programs for general studies can be found in schools worldwide as an introduction into further education, including online learning options as applicable. To find out more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in General Studies

Youth for Understanding USA

The Community College Program matches you with the Life Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in the area of Life Stu ... [+]

The Community College Program matches you with the Life Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in the area of Life Studies while learning about life in the U.S. and your immediate community. Students have the opportunity to take courses in a variety of subjects in order to explore interests, expand knowledge, and participate in traditional American past-times and student activities.

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USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Youth for Understanding USA

The Community College Program matches you with the General Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in the area of Gener ... [+]

The Community College Program matches you with the General Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in the area of General Studies while learning about life in the U.S. and your immediate community. Students have the opportunity to take courses in a variety of subjects in order to explore interests, expand knowledge, and participate in traditional American past-times and student activities.

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USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
North Central Missouri College

The Associate in General Studies degree is for students who wish to further their education, but who choose not to meet the requirements of either the AA degree or the AA ... [+]

The Associate in General Studies degree is for students who wish to further their education, but who choose not to meet the requirements of either the AA degree or the AAS degree. Courses required for this degree may transfer, but will not necessarily fulfill the general education requirements at a four-year college or university.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate in General Studies degree, graduates will be able to: - appreciate the diversity of cultures in the United States and in the world, - communicate effectively, both written and orally, - recognize moral conflicts and adjust their behavior accordingly, and - demonstrate the value of life-long learning and personal growth. COMMUNICATIONS 6 hours A. EN101 English I 3 hrs B. SP175 Speech Communications 3 hrs SOCIAL SCIENCE 6 hours A. HI103 American History to 1877 or PL216 National Government 3 hrs B. PY121 General Psychology 3 hrs MATHEMATICS 3 hours Intermediate Algebra or above is recommended. HUMANITIES 3 hours ELECTIVES 42 hours TOTAL A.G.S. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS60 hours NOTES: A minimum final cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum of 60 credit hours are required for graduation. Developmental Studies classes do not apply toward any degree requirements in any program. A maximum of six hours in religion courses will be applied toward a degree. A maximum of two hours in physical education activity credit will be applied toward a degree.... [-]

USA Trenton
August 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
College of the Rockies

All College of the Rockies associate degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in Arts or in Science. Students should plan carefully to ensure ... [+]

Overview

All College of the Rockies associate degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in Arts or in Science. Students should plan carefully to ensure that all degree requirements are met. Education Advisors are available to assist students in planning their course selections for associate degrees.

General Requirements Sixty-semester credits of first- and second-year courses. An average overall grade of C+ or better calculated on all courses counting towards an associate degree, with a minimum grade of C in any one course. Definitions A first-year course is defined as a course which has assigned transfer credit at the 100 level at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC. A second-year course is defined as a course which has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200 level or higher at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC. An Arts course is a course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts degree at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC. These institutions are responsible for determining the Humanities (including Creative and Performing Arts) and Social Science course requirements. A Science course is a course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science degree at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC. ... [-]
Canada Cranbrook
September 2019
2 years
Campus
California Intercontinental University

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) program is the first step toward gaining the knowledge and skills needed to achieve professional goals and increase market ... [+]

Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) program is the first step toward gaining the knowledge and skills needed to achieve professional goals and increase marketability. The general studies online degree prepares learners for entry in a bachelor’s degree program.

The Associate of Arts in General Studies program provides a foundation of skills in a variety of general education and liberal arts that are applicable in various fields. The attainment of an Associate’s Degree meets the needs of adult students to prepare them for professional opportunities or higher degree levels. The AAGS is also an important milestone for students’ educational goals.

Program Competencies and Learning Objectives Demonstrate proficiency in English and Communication Skills Display positive attitudes in human relationship in a multicultural and diverse environment Demonstrate an understanding of theory and application of general education concepts Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of professional ethics that apply to personal and business decisions Possess basic skills and knowledge of computers and apply the tools with confidence Demonstrate their role in business and society General Studies Courses BUS 215 Business Communications BUS 225 Fundamentals of Business Ethics ECO 215 Survey of Economics Course Schedule ... [-]
USA Irvine
September 2019
2 years
Online
Wallace State Community College

Complete an associate degree, college certificate, or up to 60 hours of transfer credit before high school graduation! ... [+]

Complete an associate degree, college certificate, or up to 60 hours of transfer credit before high school graduation!

Fast Track is a joint partnership between Wallace State and a local school system which allows high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to complete up to two years of college coursework before high school graduation. All coursework is taken on Wallace State’s campus but students are still able to return to their local high school to participate in extracurricular activities.

To be eligible, students must:

Have completed the 10th grade Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to enroll in Academic courses and 2.5 to enroll in Technical and Health courses Submit written recommendation from the local high school including approval of principal and superintendent Meet WSCC entrance requirements Complete placement exams ... [-]
USA Hanceville
September 2019
Campus
Wallace State Community College

Wallace State offers an education that prepares students for seamless transfer to any number of public and private colleges and universities. ... [+]

About the Program

Wallace State offers an education that prepares students for seamless transfer to any number of public and private colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a course of study in a liberal arts area.

The Associate in Science degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a career of study in a general field or specialized professional field.

More than a hundred degree, career, and transfer options are offered through Wallace State. Some popular transfer programs include agriculture, dentistry, education, engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, pharmacy, social work, and veterinary medicine.... [-]

USA Hanceville
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus