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Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies

Develop the key foundational skills needed in the workplace. This degree draws upon insights from workforce and industry leaders about the best practices and knowledge most essential to professional success.

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Earn more

Many employment settings consider an AA in General Studies as the first step to unlocking upward mobility.

Be in demand

17,000 new business management job openings in 2021

Source: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics

What you’ll learn

This degree prepares students to be effective contributors in most professional settings, teaching fundamental skills for the workplace.

career outlook

Thrive in a variety of careers

Sales associate

$30,300 (30K median)

Office assistant

$38,260 (38K median)

Customer service representative

$45,240 (45K median)

what you'll learn


Learn to Problem Solve and Use Critical Thinking Skills


Apply various problem solving methods to determine innovative solutions

Teamwork and Collaboration


Analyze group interactions from social science perspectives and analyze the relationship between cultural artifacts and societal norms

Convey Technical Information


Select relevant and authoritative information to fulfill an information need and present information in a variety of professional formats

Evaluate Time Management


Goal-setting, and planning approaches for independent and collaborative work

Advertise a Product or Service


Analyze and create advertisements in various media, applying both historical and contemporary perspectives on advertising methods and design

Use Math to Solve Problems


Use creative problem-solving techniques together with algebra, geometry, and statistics to address real-world challenges

Market a Product or Service


Focus on the key phases of the marketing process: pre-marketing analysis and research, creation of a marketing plan, and development of a marketing brief

Lead a Team


Work closely with others, serving both as team leaders and team members to solve complex problems

Demonstrate Cultural Competence


Improve the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings by analyzing how culture shapes interpersonal relations and first-person perspectives

Contribute to Society


Focus on both the content knowledge and active participation needed for meaningful community and civic engagement, both globally and in the US

Support every step of the way

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Personal coach

From tutoring to time management. Your dedicated coach will help you achieve your goals.

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Financial aid

Expert support to help you access financial aid — plus financing options you’ll only find at Gateway U.

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Community of peers

Join a community of learners at Gateway U. Build relationships with other students in your neighborhood.

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Tools for school

Access our comfortable coworking spaces for you to get work done. Laptop, software, tech support...We’ve got you.

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Your pace

Our program works around your schedule, whether you want to take your time or finish as soon as possible.

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Career planning

Access hands-on career coaching and resources to help you find and get the job you want.


Tuition +fees before aid


per year

3 years

avg. time to completion for supported B.A. degrees

financial aid

Many Gateway U students are eligible for financial aid.

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