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The Associate of Arts in General Studies will provide the student with a preparation for a professional career and/or for further baccalaureate study. It also provides a solid foundation in arts and sciences based in composition, mathematics, sciences, humanities, social science, and technology. Through its general studies commitment and elective offerings, the department’s faculty contribute to the broadening of the knowledge and experience of all graduates of CSU by promoting basic competence in communication skills, by fostering an appreciation and understanding of our cultural heritage and current world affairs, and by developing problem solving techniques. Students will be able to access resources, evaluate them for credibility and relevance, and use the sources to present a wide range of alternatives.

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

  1. Students will analyze and articulate the individual’s role in different communities, including local, national, and global communities.
  2. Students will apply the methods of specific quantitative and qualitative disciplines to the analysis of problems, information, and interpretation.
  3. Students will communicate persuasively in a genre appropriate to purpose and audience.
  4. Students will evaluate, synthesize and apply evidence to construct creative and well-reasoned arguments or problem-solving strategies.

Note: This program is not eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 3 years.

AccreditationDistance Education and Training Council
RequirementsMust have a high school diploma or GED
On Campus RequirementThere are no on campus requirements.
Delivery FormatEntirely Online
Education LevelAssociate
Cost Per CreditUndergraduate: $200 per credit hour, Graduate: $265 per credit hour, Doctorate: $300 per credit hour. Textbooks included.
Credits Required61
Credits to Complete61
Course Length10