May 17, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies (AA)

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Federal CIP: 24.0102 General Studies

The Southern Wesleyan University Online and Graduate Programs provides a structured Associate of Arts in General Studies degree program. Southern Wesleyan University provides this high-quality undergraduate program guided by a Christian worldview and designed for adult learners. The program allows a working adult to advance his or her professional and personal educational goals while maintaining a career. Students may earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree by completing a total of 60 semester hours listed below. Completion of this degree would also provide the courses necessary to move into the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) or Bachelor of Science in Human Services (BSHS) programs at Southern Wesleyan University.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies will are expected to:

  • assemble evidence relevant to an issue or problem, explain its significance, and use it in critical analysis of alternative approaches or viewpoints using appropriate citations where needed;
  • drawing from their knowledge of the human experience gleaned from history, literature, social science and Scripture, reflect on their own actions, dispositions, and ideas when placed in socially diverse settings, diagnosing areas for ethical, spiritual, intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal growth;
  • present substantially error-free communication (oral, written, and visual) in both argumentative and narrative forms to general and specialized audiences;
  • utilize accurate calculations and symbolic operations using appropriate technology to answer questions, test suppositions, and/or interpret social and economic trends; and
  • describe the ways in which at least two disciplines define, address, and justify the importance of a contemporary challenge or problem.1


1 Some of this language is indebted to The Degree Qualifications Profile (2011) just published by the Lumina Foundation.


In addition to major course requirements, students must complete 20 credit hours of electives. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that will best prepare them for future educational pursuits. 


General Studies Requirements 40 hrs.

Electives 20 hrs.

Total: 60 hrs.

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