Liberal Studies
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Studies

  • Associate of Arts
  • Dual Enrollment
  • PSEO & Early College
  • Undergraduate

60 credits

required for program
  • Available online
  • PSEO/Early college online classes

22–28 months

Get a head start on your collegiate general education requirements while exploring a variety of academic fields. An associate’s degree prepares students looking to transition into a 4-year degree program and is customizable with online and face-to-face options to fit your needs.

Our Liberal Studies degree may be the right fit if you…

  • Are seeking an introduction to collegiate studies
  • Value flexibility with both online and face-to-face course options
  • Desire to transition into a 4-year program in the future
  • Appreciate the opportunity to pursue employment that requires completion of a 2-year degree
  • Crave the option to complete a collegiate degree while in high school

Why pursue an Liberal Studies at Northwestern?

Our associate’s degree serves students with a variety of goals, including those seeking employment after completion of a 2-year degree and those looking to transition into a future 4-year degree. Flexible course options allow students to choose between online, face-to-face, or a combination of courses. Students explore a variety of subjects taught in a Christian faith-based environment.

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PSEO Pathway to an Associates

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies is a flexible program for our PSEO and Early College Students. Once accepted into the PSEO or Early College programs, students interested in an Associate’s degree will be assisted by the Admissions office in creating an application for a future term, usually after high school graduation. Admissions and advising will work together to ensure students either:

  1. Graduate from high school with the A.A. degree completed, or
  2. Prepare to enter the program after completing PSEO.

Admitted PSEO students who express interest in the Associate’s degree will be referred to an advisor. Each semester, the advisor helps create a personalized academic plan and tracks the student’s progress.

What Will You Learn?

Students pursuing an associate’s degree will complete coursework in popular general education areas, along with Biblical Studies coursework to develop their worldview. Students develop healthy study habits and critical thinking skills applicable to the workforce or future collegiate studies. Two available concentrations (a General Concentration or an Intercultural Studies Concentration) allow for additional customizability.

Coursework includes:

  • Biblical Thinking & Living (8 credits)
  • Effective Communication (7 credits)
  • Critical Thinking & Information Literacy (2 credits)
  • Cultural & Global Engagement (6 credits)
  • Creative Expression (4 credits)
  • Science & Quantitative Literacy (8 credits)
  • Concentration (15 credits)
  • General Electives (10 credits)
of an associate’s degree may be completed either online or face-to-face
elective credits incorporated into the associate of arts in liberal studies general concentration
of an associate’s degree that can be completed for free by a PSEO student

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