Degree Overview

Regardless of what industry or role a worker is in, an associate’s degree in general studies will help develop personal, foundational, and business skills by strengthening critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and more.

Our associate’s degree was designed using insights from workforce and industry leaders about what skills today’s frontline workers must possess. The project-focused degree will help working adults develop an array of skills, including:

Affordable, Accessible, Applicable

  • $3,000 per year—all inclusive
  • Focused on developing foundational, interpersonal, and business skills
  • Based on labor market needs and input from employers and subject matter experts
  • Eligible for federal financial aid and financing
  • Earned by mastering 120 competencies through projects, not credit hours and grade points
  • Designed specifically to work for working adults by offering extensive flexibility and support

Thrive In A Variety Of Positions, Including

  • Customer service representative
  • Office assistant
  • Sales associate
  • Administrator
  • Maintenance staff
  • Tradesperson

Develop skills, including

  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Communication and active listening
  • Understanding popular psychology
  • Using math to develop a budget and make decisions.
Associate of Arts in General Studies

Tammy Kruger

Training Manager

BA Student

I think having [my boss] know that I’m actually going to earn a degree has further reinforced that I’m serious about my career

Associate of Arts in General Studies

Kris Simmons

Administrative Assistant

AA, September 2013

I got a job at our main office as an administrative assistant, which required an associate’s degree. I got a raise and more hours per week, so my income has gone up quite a bit.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

Darby Conley

Enterprise Benefit Administration Director

AA, September 2014

I used to wait for people to come to me for new promotion opportunities. But now I have a better sense of my potential and have started taking the initiative.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

Matthew Mahler

Production Supervisor—promoted from Sanitation Lead

BA Student

Now I know how to obtain information, determine the quality of data, and create a way to manage and then communicate that information.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

Kristopher Perez

General Manager

AA Student

I wanted to continue to increase my earning potential and I knew a degree would be the key.

Online Projects

Students work toward a degree by mastering 120 competencies and completing interesting online projects at their own pace.

See Sample Project