General Studies
College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning

General Studies

  • Associate of Arts
  • Adult Undergraduate

60 credits

required for program
  • Available online

$455 per credit


28-32 months

Advance your education and career with an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Explore foundational coursework in communication, history, art, literature, mathematics, science, and the Bible.

Our online Associate of Arts in General Studies may be the right fit if you…

  • Ready to take the first step towards a college degree
  • Desire to transfer coursework that you have already completed
  • Value faith-infused curriculum
  • Appreciate an online degree format that fits your busy life
  • Crave an interactive and supportive virtual community

Why pursue an Associate of Arts in General Studies at Northwestern?

Our online Associate of Arts in General Studies is intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable.

Discover an online general studies degree that provides a solid foundation across subjects and explores knowledge with application to careers or baccalaureate study. Coursework includes requirements in the following subject areas:

  • Biblical Thinking & Living (6-8 credits)
  • Creative Expression (3-4 credits)
  • Critical Thinking & Information Literacy (2 credits)
  • Cultural & Global Engagement (4 credits)
  • Effective Communication (7 credits)
  • Leadership & Professionalism (2 credits)
  • Scientific & Quantitative Literacy (8 credits)
  • Electives (25-28 credits)

Experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.

Program Features
  • Foundational degree that blends coursework from diverse disciplines
  • Expert faculty who are active in their fields
  • Customizable program with elective course selections
  • Faith-infused curriculum that interlocks faith and purpose
  • Courses optimized for quality and user experience

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general education requirements for Northwestern’s bachelor’s degrees

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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our online general studies program faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your knowledge, skills, and faith while you earn your degree.