Associate of Science in General Studies

Get the foundation for future career opportunities while gaining a solid general education and the flexibility to explore other interests. CTU's Associate degree in General Studies is designed to help prepare students to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, ethical decision-making and communication skills that can be valuable for a range of employment and educational advancement possibilities.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

  • Classes start in 6 Weeks

  • Calendar icon Program Length  36 Months

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  93

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online:1 Online, Colorado Springs & Denver

Program Details

Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Career Paths

    Associate of General Studies graduates work across a variety of industries and serve in many different roles throughout business, government and non-profit organizations where having a college degree is increasingly in demand. Students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate a broad-range of skills that employers typically require, such as communication, decision-making, critical thinking and basic business skills. Using these skills, graduates may find opportunities to build their career in roles that use the best of their strengths.

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  • Concentrations

    CTU offers focused concentrations for the Associate of Science in General Studies degree to better prepare you to excel your chosen field. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Curriculum

    Coursework in this liberal arts degree focuses on the areas relevant to the development of professional knowledge, skills and the high degree of professionalism expected from today’s workers. Core courses include:

    • The Human Body and Wellness
    • Lab - Human Body
    • Composition and Critical Thinking
    • Composition: Writing and Research
    • Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century OR American Government and Public Affairs
    • Literature: A Reflection of Life OR Introduction to World Literature
    • Introduction to College Math
    • Algebra for Business
    • Ethics for Professionals
    • Psychology: Understanding Individuals
    • Introduction to the Sciences
    • Lab - Science and Technology
    • Academic and Career Success OR Humanities Elective
    • Career Planning and Management

    Choose a minimum of 32 elective credit hours2

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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.3

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    My education has helped me advance my career
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    Communicate effectively with my manager

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.4,5

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization6
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    Take direction well
    Work effectively in a team environment
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    Manage conflicts effectively
    Provide input on planning for business
    Take initiative to lead projects6
    Think about how their projects will impact the business6

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

2This degree program may not fulfill the prerequisite requirements to fully matriculate into all of CTU's bachelor's degree programs. Please contact your admissions representative for additional information.

3Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

5Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

6Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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