Columbia Southern University

21982 University Lane, Orange Beach, AL 36561-9000

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It’s a fact that some people can go a part of their lives not knowing what it is they want to do with themselves. These people are in the position after leaving high school or after deciding that they want to advance their careers, they are not ready to make a choice for their field of study. Thankfully though, this is not the end of their dreams for a better life for higher education. Most accredited schools have a certain amount of general education that a student must complete before seeking a degree. Students will have to attain an education in the precursors of professional education.

Columbia Southern University offers an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree for those seeking growth as professionals and as students. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Associate of Arts in General Studies program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

A degree in General Studies will be the basis for a future college education by allowing students to complete their general education requirements without choosing a curriculum path for a particular branch of study. Students will study the arts and sciences, based on composition, mathematics, sciences, humanities, social studies and technology. With this program, students have 3 years to expose themselves to college level education in a variety of topics which gives the student time and exposure to different fields of study in order to make a career decision.

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    Program Overview

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    • Delivery Format:
      100% Online
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      Per Semester Credit
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    • Fees Overview :

      CSU Online Library fee (one-time): $35 (waived for military); Petition to Graduate fee: $100.

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    High school diploma or equivalent.

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

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