AA in General Education

In this general education degree, you'll be introduced to a broad range of subjects, including written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences. 

General Education Degree Overview

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Education Degree provides you with a foundation for further undergraduate study at the bachelor’s level. You will graduate with a general understanding of written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences.

As a general education degree student, you will:

  • Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
  • Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
  • Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format or product.
  • Evaluate and cite various information resources necessary to complete an academic research essay.
  • Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
  • Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
  • Explain how knowledge from diverse cultural perspectives affects one’s interpretation of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations.

Next Session

Summer I (Apr 29, 2024)

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


What I admired the most were the professors. They are very structured; they are very disciplined. Their communication was on point, and their leadership style. They never criticized me. They worked with me.

Rojelio Morales
BA, Organizational Leadership

When you take those things that you learn in school and apply it, it makes so much sense how you're able to lead; and then you become a better leader. Within two years after going back to school I was recognized and received a 2018 non-commission officer of the year award. And that was all, I feel, because of my education.

Jorge H.
BA, Applied Studies
I would have never been able to quit my job to enroll in school. That was not an option because I’m a breadwinner in my household. Having the opportunity to keep my job and continue to work, and to work around my schedule as a full-time employee and a mother of a toddler was really the icing on top.
Monica Tinajero

AA in General Education Program Curriculum

  • Basic Skills


    ENGU 103  Written Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric


    ENGU 104  Written Communication II: Writing About Literature


    MATU 103  Quantitative Fluency: Applied Mathematics 3
    COMU 101  Oral Communication: Public Speaking I 3
    Breadth Requirements


    Humanities Select 9 credits from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies


    Natural Sciences  


    Social Sciences Select 9 credits from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology 9
    Liberal Education Foundations 6
    LBSU 100  Student Success Strategies


    LBSU 105  Academic Foundations




    Select 18 credits for electives
    Total Credits



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