Program Overview

Utah State University offers students the opportunity to enroll in the Associate's Degree in General Studies program. This can be an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree, depending on the students' goals and chosen courses. This program may be ideal for students who are unsure of their specific career goals as well as those seeking a general degree with which to pursue entry-level employment or continuing education at the baccalaureate level. This degree may be completed in approximately an average of two years, though students who concurrently enroll in classes and take articulated classes may finish in less time.

Unlike most other associate degrees, the curriculum of the General Studies program is primarily up to the student. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with an advisor to complete their plans of study, in order to ensure basic education and degree requirements are met.

To complete this interdisciplinary program, those enrolled must fulfill a total of 60 hours of coursework. This sum is divided into 27 to 31 credits of University Studies classes, nine to ten hours in the area of Competency, eighteen credits in Breadth, and twenty nine to thirty one credits in the Emphasis. The Emphasis area is one where students select a major with which to focus the degree. Remaining credits come from electives, as needed, to fulfill the sixty credit total.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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