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General Studies, A.A.

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Majoring in general studies provides the theory and practice for establishing foundational knowledge and skills that are applicable in most workplaces and prepares adult learners for advanced studies in various disciplines. General studies introduces key concepts in the natural and social sciences, humanities, ethics, other cultures, and the arts and enables students to explore their academic interests.

At A Glance

Program: Associate of Arts
Audience: Undergraduate adult learners
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: January 16, 2024
Cost: $250 per credit
Time to Completion Approximately two years

“After I had my daughter, I wanted to find my purpose. Getting a college education—this is something I was meant to do. Immaculata definitely watered that seed that was planted in me. Sometimes it’s hard, being a mom and being a student. And my advisor empathized with me, and she really tried to help. I’ve had times where I felt defeated, intimidated and overwhelmed. But my professors stuck it out with me—they were real troopers. Life’s responsibilities have taught me that being patient and persistent in working toward your goals can make them achievable."

Sara Bagner

Opportunities and Outcomes

Explore different educational and career paths during your academic journey as you gain marketable skills that immediately apply to the workplace. After completing this degree in general studies, you will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, using a wide variety of modalities.
  • Read, write, speak, and listen analytically and with logical judgment.
  • Understand, respect, and promote cultural diversity in the world.
  • Utilize technology effectively and efficiently to find, analyze, store, and communicate information.
  • Utilize sound, ethics-based decision-making skills.

Students earning an Associate of Arts in General Studies are positioned for exciting careers within various industries.

Where Can I Work?

Graduates with an associate degree in general studies can apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of positions and industries.

Program Highlights

Program Delivery and Structure

The Associate of Arts in General Studies degree requires 63 credits that can be completed in approximately two years. Courses are offered in various formats, including face-to-face, hybrid and online.

Program Cost

Tuition per credit is $250 and students can transfer in previous college credits and earn credit for equivalent work experience.

Various types of financing options are available to assist students. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 484-323-3028, or emaifinaid@immaculata.edu.

Degree Options

If you choose to continue your studies, you can easily move into IU’s bachelor’s degree in liberal studies or numerous other programs.

Course Overview


Major Courses – 24 credits

  • Information Systems, Computer Science or Interactive Digital Media Requirement
  • Humanities Requirement
  • Social Science Requirement
  • Additional Social Science Requirement
  • Effective Communication in the Digital Age
  • Adult Development and Life Assessment OR Lifespan Development
  • Ethics Requirement
  • Cultural Modes of Expression  

Liberal Arts Core – 27 credits

  • Composition (English/Writing) 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World/Quantitative Reasoning (Lab Science/Math) 3 credits
  • Community 9 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology) 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) 3 credits

ELECTIVES – 12 credits

TOTAL – 63 credits 

Admissions Requirements

You can apply to Immaculata’s adult professional programs in four simple steps. If you have questions, please contact us via admiss@immaculata.edu or by phone at 484-323-3060.

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