Program Overview

Northwest Arkansas Community College offers an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies as part of a transfer program for students interested in transferring to a four-year bachelor program. Through the program, students who are interested in general studies may utilize learn about a wide variety of subjects before they focus their degree into any one field.

Students should develop a general education through the program which consists of 64 credit hours of classes, focusing on liberal arts, natural and applied sciences, technology, and mathematics. The curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of classes which include required courses and electives in English and speech, mathematics and laboratory sciences, history and cultures, social and political sciences, the humanities, and computer literacy.  

In order to increase individuals advanced but general knowledge, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to understand of complex written texts, utilize understanding of subtext, metaphor, and the nuances of the English language, and to demonstrate the ability to complete research questions, utilize library databases and resources, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.

In addition, students will need to display an understanding of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.

Lastly, students will be expected to portray scientific literacy, consisting of understanding of natural, physical, and human behavior. In addition, students will have developed a broad general education as part of the liberal arts education program.

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    Program Details

    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

    Northwest Arkansas Community College, a two year, public institution of higher learning, can trace its origins to the 1970s, when it operated as a branch campus of what was then known as North Arkansas Community College. Then in 1989, the citizens of Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas voted to establish the branch as an independent school, and it adopted its Northwest Arkansas Community College title. The core mission of NWACC is to “serve and strengthen the community through learning for living.” 


    Students at NWACC can complete a variety of programs leading to associate’s degrees or career and technical certificates, which can transfer to four-year institutions or straight into the workforce, respectively. In addition to traditional, face-to-face classes, Northwest Arkansas Community College offers online classes through the distance learning program. Online and hybrid degrees are also available.​


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