Program Overview

Arkansas State University offers an Associate of General Studies degree for students who are interested in utilizing the time they spend earning an Associate's Degree to learn about a wide variety of core subjects before they focus their degree into any one field. The benefit of a general studies degree is that they are typically universally accepted as the basis for future bachelor education in a variety of subjects in liberal arts, science, math, business, and other fields. Students can choose a general education program focusing in general studies and military studies to help guide their educational path.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include business statistics, concepts of ecology, environmental science, lifetime fitness and wellness,   introduction to economics, principles of macroeconomics, principles of microeconomics, government of the united states, state and local government, cultural anthropology, and more.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in general education areas that are the foundation to life skills and further education, to demonstrate basic knowledge in topics of general education which will provide the basis for further study, to demonstrate a basic knowledge in several areas of liberal studies, science, and math, and to develop a broad foundation for advanced studies.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Local businessmen gathered for coffee each day at the Mayflower Café in Great Bend, Kansas, and that is where the idea for a community college surfaced. As support spread throughout the community and studies were completed, the Barton County Community College was established in 1965. 

    At Barton Community College, students can pursue Associate’s degrees and enroll in the college transfer program, or choose to complete career technical programs and earn certificates. Certificates vary by career program. Numerous options exist, and programs of study are organized into eighteen different divisions. 

    Students can also enroll in the distance learning program through Barton’s virtual campus. BARTON Line gives students the necessary flexibility to complete online degrees and coursework. FAsynchronous courses are formatted in 9-week and 17-week sessions. Students can choose from multiple Associate’s degree tracks that prepare students for transfer into four-year programs.

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