General Studies

If you are just beginning your college journey, the Associate of Arts in General Studies offers foundational coursework in communication, history, art, literature, mathematics, science and Bible. Explore each subject in the context of a Christian worldview and integrate faith and learning into every class.


Getting your degree

Just starting out

For those who have never attended college, you can earn your associate's degree in about 32 months by attending class just one night a week or taking available courses online.

Finishing what you started

If you have previous college or technical training you may be able to transfer in prior credits and complete the program sooner.

After General Studies

After completing your Associate of Arts in General Studies, you may choose to continue and move directly into a Focus Adult Undergraduate bachelor's degree program. The Associate of Arts in General Studies coursework meets Northwestern's general studies requirements for these subject areas:

  • Written Communication (6 credits)

  • Oral Communication (3 credits)

  • Humanities (6 credits)

  • Science & Mathematics (8 credits)

  • Social Science (8 credits)

  • Bible (14 credits)

  • Electives (15)

Get the details

Download the General Studies program preview for a list of courses, highlights and potential job opportunities. 


Is a General Studies degree for you?

If you have zero or few college credits, taking the first step toward your college degree is a great move. An associate's degree in General Studies will provide a broad base of knowledge and excellent preparation for you to continue in a specific major that interests you.


Information Sessions

Information Sessions provide a insider's view of graduate education. Join us for an upcoming session. All events begin at 6 p.m. and are held on campus.

  • December 4, 2017