General Studies

The Associate of Arts in general studies degree gives students a flexible, well-rounded foundation that includes a diverse and broad understanding of fundamental subjects. In addition to completing core liberal arts courses, students choose two 12-hour themed bundles of coursework from the following disciplines: business, leadership, psychology, health care, criminal justice, ministry and general studies. Graduates with this degree can seamlessly transition to one of Trevecca’s degree-completion programs or any four-year degree program.

Deciding on a degree program or a career path right out of high school can be daunting. Fortunately, there’s an option that gives you extra time to choose a major as you pursue a degree.

Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in general studies is ideal for students who need a flexible program that will prepare them to pursue a variety of four-year degrees. You can even take advantage of state and federal aid offered specifically for two-year degrees on the way to earning a bachelor’s degree. 

The Associate of Arts in general studies includes 30 hours of liberal arts courses; six hours of religion courses; and two 12-hour course bundles in your discipline of choice: business, leadership, psychology, health care, criminal justice, ministry or general studies.

The themed course bundles offer a perfect on-ramp into one of Trevecca’s degree-completion programs, including a six-hour head start toward a bachelor’s degree. You’ll have the opportunity to explore at least two separate career fields while you build a solid background of knowledge and experience.

Courses are fully transferable to most four-year institutions.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree in general studies will be prepared for entry-level positions in the fields represented by the themed coursework bundles. Associate of general studies degree-holders will also be prepared to pursue a four-year degree and can transition seamlessly into one of Trevecca’s degree-completion programs, having already earned six credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to retake so many high school-type courses?
The Associate of Arts in general studies degree provides students with a broad, well-rounded liberal arts education. Some courses may be similar to those you took in high school. The more subject-specific courses are offered in the themed bundles: business, leadership, psychology, health care, criminal justice, ministry and general studies. You’ll choose two bundles to study, earning 12 credit hours each.
Do I have to choose one of the themed bundles?
No, you can select a general studies bundle that allows you to pick and choose available courses from any of the other bundles.
Can I apply the Tennessee Promise scholarship toward this program?
Yes, Trevecca is an eligible institution for this scholarship. Tennessee Promise provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the Tennessee HOPE scholarship or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award.
Is an associate’s degree worth it?
Yes! There are many benefits to earning an Associate of Arts degree. For some students, an associate’s degree prepares them for entry-level positions in the workforce. For the majority of students, however, it’s the first step in earning a four-year degree.

Students appreciate the flexibility of the Associate of Arts in general studies degree because it gives them the opportunity to explore two different disciplines for 12 credit hours each, which may then be transitioned seamlessly into one of Trevecca’s degree-completion programs.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship also applies to the Associate of Arts in general studies program, drastically reducing the student’s financial burden.
Can I transition into a bachelor’s degree after I complete my associate’s degree?
Yes, classes completed as part of a student’s associate’s degree in general studies can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the associate’s degree, students can discuss their course plan with an academic advisor and formulate a continued, seamless path of study.