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General Studies

Trevecca’s associate degree in general studies provides a strong and balanced foundation on which to build a career or further your education. For students with no prior college experience, this program can be completed in as little as 28 months and gives you a well-rounded education, helping you understand a broad range of topics so you can keep your future career and education options flexible.

Upcoming Start Dates:

May 21, 2024
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Program Benefits

  • Graduate in as little as 28 months with a relevant and versatile base of knowledge.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Gain a degree which allows you to continue your studies in any program.


What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s general studies program, you’ll gain a well-rounded education in a variety of topics. This associate degree gives you a solid foundation on which to build your career or continue your studies in any four-year degree program.

The general studies degree equips you to:

  1. Understand oral and written communication theory and to demonstrate effective communication skills.
  2. Understand global civilization, human behavior and religion through historical, literary and aesthetic texts and records. 
  3. Understand and demonstrate various intellectual modes of critical thinking.
  4. Understand cultural diversity and to hone and display a capacity for positively engaging with others.
  5. Articulate the foundational themes of the Bible and use intellectual strategies to study scripture.

This associate degree is perfect if you are hoping to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. Instead of attending a two-year school and then transferring to Trevecca, this program allows you to complete your associate degree and then to transition seamlessly into a four-year degree so you can continue your studies and complete your degree at Trevecca.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

2024 #2 Online College in Tennessee, intelligent.comRecognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your general studies degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.

Career Opportunities

With a general studies degree, you’ll gain a broad and versatile foundation for your future goals. You can keep your options open for moving into a career, or prepare to pursue a four-year degree in any number of programs at Trevecca.


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Admissions Policy

To be admitted to the AA and AS degree programs offered through the The Office of Graduate and Adult Education, students must:

  1. Complete online application.
  2. Complete FAFSA or appropriate reimbursement or payment plan agreements.
  3. Provide proof of high school graduation or the completion of high school equivalency through GED certification, the HiSET exam, or the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion).
  4. All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology. Reliable access to technology will be required through the program.
  5. Submit confidential Medical Health History and Immunization Forms to Trevecca's Student Health Clinic prior to registration (see Immunization Information entry at the end of this section). Applies only for students enrolled in face-to-face courses.
  6. Provide photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification.
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College Study Skills
ITD 1060

This course empowers adult learners to make the transition back into education in the college environment. Learners will be introduced to communication, self-motivation, and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Communication and Technology for College
ITD 1300

This course encourages adult learners to use technology as an effective communication avenue to research and present information for life and learning. Learners will gain experience with technology tools, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, that can be used throughout the student's coursework to create documents and presentations and communicate those appropriately to academic and professional audiences.

English Composition I
EGL 1100
EGL 1100 emphasizes the tasks and skills associated with formal essay writing. The course splits the essay-writing process into achievable milestones in order to increase students’ writing proficiency. Additionally, students complete grammar exercises in order to improve their familiarity with the rules of standard English prose. Finally, students read canonical essays as examples of good writing, engage in peer-review exercises, and complete a number of devotional discussion assignments.
English Composition 2
EGL 2100

Builds upon existing knowledge of basic constructs and research skills for academic writing. Intellectual and analytical reasoning will be emphasized in continual research practices and writing throughout this course. Grammar mechanics will be consistently practiced through peer review methods. The course will conclude with strategies for research and reasoning applied to the Bible.

Fundamentals of Mathematics
MTH 1240
The purpose of this course is to instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematical procedures for the student with limited mathematical background. In this course, we will learn the rules that govern natural numbers, integers and rational numbers. We will implement the mathematical tools needed in algebra and statistics to manipulate equations, inequalities, algebraic expressions and graphs. Additionally, the course will explore how math is viewed in a biblical worldview.
Christian Worldview
RLG 2100
Examines a Christ-centered biblical worldview as the basis for living a distinctly Christian life. Students will focus on evaluating ideas, values, and processes in personal and professional situations and developing the belief structure to orient themselves within their time and place in history and eternity.
Introduction to Psychology
PSC 2300

This course serves as a general overview of some of the fundamental concepts in the field of psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply psychological principles to everyday life, including personal, social, and organizational issues.
  2. Identify the theoretical foundations of the major areas of psychology, including human behavior, cognition (thought, memory, perception), learning, personality, social and environmental influences, development, and physiology of behavior.
  3. Explain the major theories and concepts of development throughout one’s lifespan.
  4. Recognize the significance and importance of psychological research.
World Literature
EGL 2200
EGL 2200 is designed to engage students in dialogue with a variety of Western and Non-Western world literature, past and present. The course samples literature from around the world and splits the essay-writing process into achievable milestones to increase students’ writing proficiency. Additionally, students engage in discussion exercises and complete a number of devotional discussion assignments. Finally, students will complete a final exam in order to demonstrate their mastery of texts and their ideas.
Leadership and Service
ITD 3010

Examines principles of leadership and service as a basis for living a meaningful life. Students will focus on evaluating their opportunities and responsibilities to influence and serve in personal, professional, and community situations and developing the foundational skills to enact change for good within their sphere of life.

Life Science
SCN 1600

This course is designed to convey methods of study in the biological sciences. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience to some of the concepts discussed during lecture (NSES A, B, C, E, F).

Personal Finance
MHR 2800

An introductory course to basic personal financial principles. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following: budgeting, managing personal debt, insurance, taxes, and investments.

*This program also requires 27 Elective credits in various areas of study (or 9 courses of Elective credits in various areas of study).

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.