Associate of Arts
in General Education
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A well-rounded education is vital for living a more rewarding life, and in preparing you for further study in a major field of specialization. National University’s Associate of Arts in General Education program provides the building blocks for your intellectual growth with instruction on English and mathematical skills, as well as the humanities, information literacy, science, and social science disciplines.
Your general education curriculum will begin with a focus on writing and speech, then expand to develop your abstract reasoning capabilities through courses in mathematics and informational literacy. Finally, you’ll explore the natural sciences, humanities, fine arts, language, and the social and behavioral sciences. Throughout many of these courses, the instruction will include an examination of the human condition in a multicultural society.
Pursuing an associate in general education is an opportunity for discovery and self-improvement on its own, but it also serves as an introduction to and foundation for areas of study you may want to explore further. It prepares you for a more insightful, rewarding life, whether you aspire to additional education or not.
Why National University’s Online General Education Program?
- Hands-On Learning in the Essentials of Education. With new writing and speech skills and a better understanding of mathematics, the sciences, and multicultural environments, you’ll have a firm foundation for communicating, learning, and decision-making in all aspects of life and work.
- Designed for Working Professionals. Our program offers asynchronous and online course formats that fit the busy schedules of adult learners with convenient four-week courses, monthly starts, and year-round enrollment.
- Tools for Life and More Advanced Studies. The focus on communication fundamentals combined with a broad range of math, science, humanities, and cultural subjects prepares you for a lifetime of personal growth, self-development, and greater possibilities for further education.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
With an emphasis on literacy, math, business, and the sciences, National University’s Associate of Arts in General Studies degree prepares you for a lifetime of personal development, greater possibilities for more advanced education, and jobs that require a solid foundation in communication, math, and business fundamentals.
Career Opportunities in the General Education Field
- Bookkeeping and accounting
- Computer support specialists
- Preschool teachers and teaching assistants
- Paralegals and legal assistants
Employers of General Education Graduates
- Business, government, and non-profit accounting departments
- Computer support centers
- Public and private education providers
- Law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies
National University has always been dedicated to meeting the needs of working adult learners. While earning your degree is important to your future, you don’t need to put your life on hold to do so.
The Associate of Arts in General Education can be completed 100% online, so you can study when and where it’s most convenient for you. You will engage with faculty weekly and participate in discussions with faculty and classmates on threaded online discussion boards. Quizzes and exams are completed online, and you can submit your papers or homework directly to your professors through the online portal.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, you’ll be able to demonstrate:
- A capacity for responsible citizenship in a diverse society
- Skills for self-development that contribute to lifelong learning
- Literacy in written and oral communication
- Information literacy skills in developing research projects and presentations
- Awareness of past and present human and cultural diversity
- Ability to identify ethical issues raised in different disciplines
- Scientific and quantitative literacy skills in appraising information and solving problems
- Ability to use the elements of critical thinking to analyze issues, solve problems, and make decisions
- Ability to work successfully in a team
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Frequently Asked Questions
The growing business and education sectors are always in need of team members with foundational training in communications and business. Your career path could include a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, or computer support opportunities, as well as teaching assistant and paralegal professions.
General education studies provide essential self-development skills in literacy, math, business, and sciences that form a foundation for lifelong learning. They also help prepare students with the fundamentals necessary for more advanced education.
In honor of our students, and in celebration of our 50th anniversary, National University is investing $30 million in new student scholarships. To learn more about the Opportunity Scholarship, how you can apply, and how much you can save, inquire today.
Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.
NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.
All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.
*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program–specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.