Program Overview

The Associate of General Studies is a foundational degree program designed for students seeking a liberal arts education through an online learning format.  The broad interdisciplinary curriculum gives students the foundation for many areas of study applicable for entry into a professional environment.  Students may also use the General Studies degree to narrow future educational pursuits at a four-year college or university.  It is the student's responsibility to speak with advisors for transferability of certain course credits.     

Students must complete the required minimum of 90 credit hours for completion of the program, and may choose courses from the fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, history, literature, mathematics, and computer science.  A liberal arts education can be used as the foundation for all higher educational pursuits and has the potential to satisfy many college or universities' general education core.  Students who successfully complete the AS in General Studies should have an understanding of professionalism that is a valuable asset in the competitive job market.     

The goal of the liberal arts studies is to produce a virtuous, knowledgeable and articulate person.  A liberal arts degree should be interpreted as a course of study that refers to matters relating to the humanistic relationship between societies and continuing education.  Language, economics, communication, theater, art, psychology, and political science are all areas where students of a liberal arts education can flourish.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Initially founded in 1961 as an adult education program, Portland Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education. Since its opening, Portland has expanded to include four campuses and eight academic centers that offer job training, specialized programs and a variety of transfer courses. Portland Community College operates with the mission to “advance the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional and personal development of the diverse students and communities it serves.”

    Portland Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees. Students desiring to participate in virtual coursework at PCC have a variety of options, including online degree programs, telecourses, teleweb (hybrid of telecourses and web-based courses), and interactive television classes. Online classes offer working adult students the necessary flexibility to complete assignments and learn in a manner that fits their busy schedules.


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