Associate of Arts in General Studies

Next Start Date January 10, 2022


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Degree Awarded: Associate of Arts in General Studies

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WVU Potomac State College’s online Associate of Arts in General Studies allows you to achieve the goal of earning a degree, whether that degree alone allows you to advance professionally or is a milestone on the way to a bachelor’s and possibly a master’s degree. While pursuing this degree you will acquire in-demand skills in writing, critical thinking and communication. You can tailor the elective courses within the degree to match your personal and professional interests. Now, more than ever, employers are looking to distinguish between job applicants. An associate’s degree in General Studies will give you the foundation for many career paths and can speed up your professional advancement in many fields.

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  • Online Asynchronous
Start Date
  • January 10, 2022

The online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree offered by Potomac State College of WVU is an affordable pathway to your first 60 credits – or all your general education (GEF) requirements – and it can lead to any career you want.

The degree encourages you to explore, discover and develop your special aptitudes and interests and to reach beyond your own perceived limitations.

You will acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamworkand social skills needed to support your immediate educational goals and life-long learning and are ever important in a world characterized by quick change and ever-evolving technology and ideas. These are valuable skills for professional advancement whether you are already in the workplace, or if you are just starting your educational journey.

You may also choose to obtain the Associate of Arts in General Studies to help you advance professionally in your career. You can use it as a starting point before you declare another major or move into a four-year program after completing the two-year degree.

The Associate of Arts degree is specifically designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at WVU, but the undergraduate course work could also transfer to degree programs at other four-year institutions.

The degree can be the foundation for a four-year degree in a specific major or for the WVU Multidisciplinary Studies degree, which enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree by following an individualized course of study based on their own academic interests and goals.

Students in the Associate of Arts degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective courses. You may use credits earned at other institutions and the 12 hours of electives can also be used toward a minor of your choice.

More information on the recommended sequence of courses may be found in the Advisement Sheet.

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