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You can do anything with a General Studies degree! College degrees are required for some jobs and career paths but who says you have to focus on one single study area when there are so many exciting worlds to explore?
It’s the 21st century and no one is expected to hold one particular job, or work for one company for decades like our parents (or grandparents) did. As startups come and go, old corporations get acquired, and consulting services grow in demand, it makes a lot more sense for professionals to maintain multiple interests and agile skills.
You may be just out of high school, at the start of your career.
You may need a degree in order to secure a promotion at your current job.
You may be somewhere in between and ready for something new.
No matter where you are in life, a degree of any kind shows employers that you are disciplined, able to set a goal, and follow it through to completion. As long as a pay increase or dream job isn’t contingent on a specialized education, a General Studies program could be something that will work for you.
Some schools refer to general studies programs as “interdisciplinary studies” because you don’t have to choose courses only from one discipline. When your focus is “interdisciplinary,” your focus is every discipline–from math to marketing to English. If you fall in love with an area of study, you can study it more. If you don’t, you can leave it behind.
In addition, when your studies interest you, you learn more. When you learn more, you’re more likely find success. Success can build confidence and confidence makes you more desirable to potential employers.
Ashworth College offers an Associate of Arts in General Studies, an Undergraduate Certificate in General Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. In addition to plenty of elective courses, each program level includes some required general education courses to try to increase your development of foundational post-secondary-level skills.
At every program level, you can develop skills that aren’t included in any curriculum. Similar to some traditional college students, you may find that continuing education can help you grow in:
A focus on a General Studies education is a focus on exploration. Being uncertain about a career focus for your entire life is not a weakness. It takes real honesty and personal awareness to know you’re not ready to decide. Use your General Studies education as an opportunity to determine your interests and remember, you may not ever have to choose just one. A broad skill set can be valuable to employers and to the self-employed.
The bottom line: You don’t have to limit yourself to a particular course of study to get the benefits of a degree.
Our team is happy to answer all your questions about our General Studies programs, including the transfer of existing credits. Reach out to an Academic Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or jump right in. You can enroll online today and start your first class online today!