Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in General Curriculum for individuals who are interested in utilizing the time they spend earning an Associate's Degree to learn about a wide variety of core subjects before students focus their effort 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.  

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 speech communication, introduction to computer science, introduction to art and visual culture, US history since reconstruction, U.S. history of 20th century since World War II, American literature, world literature, European literature, introduction to poetry, introduction to philosophy, contemporary mathematics, statistics, general biology, the human body, introduction to chemistry, and world geography.

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

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.

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