Associate of Arts in General Studies

Starts August 19, 2020

Learn more about this program

Complete the form, and we’ll send you program information. If you want, give us your phone number, and we’ll call and answer any questions you have.

We don’t share, or sell, your information with anyone.


Courses Required


cost per credit hour


Total Credit Hours

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Choose Any Career You Want

The online Associate of Arts in General Studies allows you to achieve the milestone of a degree from West Virginia University, whether that degree alone allows you to advance professionally or is a milestone on the way to a bachelor’s and possibly 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. A WVU associates degree in General Studies will give you the foundation for many career paths and can speed up your professional advancement in many fields.

  • Online Courses
Degree Awarded
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
Next Start Date
  • August 19, 2020

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.

Higher Learning Commission Logo

Interested in talking with someone about WVU Online?    Contact Us