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27 Associate Degree Programs in General Studies 2024

    Associate Degree Programs in General Studies

    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.