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General Studies Associates Degree

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The Value of a CALUNIVERSITY Online Associate of Arts Program

Earning your Associate of Arts in General Studies is the first step toward gaining the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your professional goals and increase your marketability. The general studies online degree also prepares learners for entry into bachelor’s degree programs.

The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies requires completion of 60 semester units of coursework which includes 51 units of General Education or Elective courses and 9 units of General Studies courses.

Credits required for degree completion: 60
Maximum transfer credits accepted: 45
Program length: 2 years
Cost per credit: $345
Payment options: Click to view interest-free payment options

Program Competencies and Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyze and defend principles for organizational and leadership decision making
  • Students will be able to identify theories of law and ethics professionally and personally
  • Students will be able to demonstrate practical skills in computer Information Systems to resolve issues in an organizational setting
  • Students will be able to apply fundamental college-level writing skills in the workplace
  • Students will be able to demonstrate problem solving skills using various quantitative methods
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their role within business and society
Degree Plan Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS)
Course Number Course Name Credits Foundation/ Core General Education or Elective
Semester 1
ACE 100 Accelerate, Connect, Equip 3 3
GEN 101 English Composition I 3 3
Social Science Elective (100/200) 3 3
Semester 2
GEN 201 English Composition II 3 3
BUS 225 Fundamentals of Business Ethics 3 3
GEN 102 United States History 3 3
Semester 3
GEN 103 United States Government 3 3
GEN 104 Mathematics 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Semester 4
BUS 215 Business Communications 3 3
ECO 215 Survey of Economics 3 3
IST 221 Fundamentals of Computing 3 3
Semester 5
GEN 105 Algebra 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Semester 6
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Semester 7
Elective (100/200) 3 3
Elective (100/200) 3 3
60 6 54

General Studies Courses

  • BUS 215 Business Communications
  • BUS 225 Fundamentals of Business Ethics
  • ECO 215 Survey of Economics

Course Schedule

The Associate of Arts in Business Administration program requires the completion of 60 units of coursework that include:

General Education Courses: 51 Units / 17 Courses

California Intercontinental University uses elements of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) to determine the breadth of requirements for general education courses. In making this determination, courses that are recognized by IGETC that are not offered by California Intercontinental University may be considered for waiver of certain General Education courses.

General Studies Courses: 9 Units / 3 Courses

In alignment with the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) program, students can demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge through transfer of courses or students may also elect to fulfill the unit mandate by taking the general studies courses or any other undergraduate courses offered by California Intercontinental University.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the preliminary admissions requirements, an applicant for the Associate’s degree program must submit and meet the following admission prerequisites:

  1. Official transcript showing the completion of a high school diploma or GED, (with no college-level work). DD 214 documents showing High School completion may be accepted as proof for military students.
  2. If the applicant has completed some approved postsecondary college work, a sealed copy of his/her official transcripts will be required (no verification of HS completion will be needed in this case)
  3. The applicant’s college academic record must show a minimal grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Arts Degree is conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete the GE, Required, and Emphasis courses of the appropriate curriculum (or their equivalent) and have fulfilled the minimal required Learning Time for each course and program
  2. Met the study time residency requirement for degree completion and award
  3. Achieve at least 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for all courses taken at California Intercontinental University
  4. Be cleared of all indebtedness and other obligations to California Intercontinental University prior to degree award
  5. Be recommended for graduation by the Faculty and Academic Department

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