Associate in General Studies

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Why Choose General Studies? 

Our flexible and forward-thinking program rewards your focus and independence with a degree you tailor to your long-term career goals. Choose subjects and courses that interest you most to fast-track your path to a variety of professions. A general studies degree equips you with advanced self-discipline and organizational skills valued in many industries, from education to hospitality to business.  

What You'll Learn 

We believe in the freedom and flexibility to create your future on your terms. To plan this customizable two-year degree, you’ll collaborate with advisors to choose courses from across the nine goal areas: ethical reasoning, civic engagement, creative thinking and experience, global awareness, environmental stewardship, human experience, communications competence, reasoning in natural science and reasoning in mathematical science.

Program Details

An Associate’s degree gives you a forward-looking education in classical liberal arts and sciences, while introducing you to the creative and critical thinking skills you need to advance professionally and personally. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn an Associate of General Studies from Columbia College.

Associate degree programs offer a focused exploration of general education subjects and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either shape their path in the workforce or advance to a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide transformative study in a specific subject area to prepare you for new and leading-edge career opportunities.

  • Effective communication strategies 
  • Ethical decision making 
  • Environmental Stewardship 
  • Mathematical and scientific thinking

Careers & Outcomes 

An Associate in General Studies degree demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the 21st century – and that you have the self-discipline and organizational abilities to succeed in the workplace. Because you have determined the focus of your studies, you can tailor your education to your long-term career goals.

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.