Hundreds of Classes
To earn this degree, you pick classes from these subject areas:
- Communication and English (3 credits)
- Fine Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
- Mathematics and Natural Science (6 credits)
- American Government (3 credits)
- Social Science (3 credits)
- Physical Education (1 credit)
- Written Communication (3 credits)
In addition to these 25 credits, you take 35 additional credits of electives—anything
you like—to get the 60 credits you need to graduate.
Explore our catalog to see the many, many classes we offer.
In-Person or Online
You can take classes in person or completely online. It’s up to you. Either way, you
have the support you need—whether it be financial aid opportunities or counseling.
We’re here to help you graduate and be a success story.
The research is in: Employers want college graduates. They admire the hard work—and
dedication—required to earn a college degree, and they love the skills that graduates
bring to the table.
Throughout your Associate in General Studies program, you build priceless abilities,
learning to communicate, listen, reason, and lead others. These skills demonstrate
your emotional intelligence—a valuable commodity for any employer.
Of course, earning this degree lets you boast about your numerous other skills, including
your ability to manage your time, research, make informed decisions, and so on. Through
this program, you build essential new competencies—and you reinforce the best parts
An associate degree is incredibly valuable. Don’t believe us? Well, consider these
facts about associate degree holders:
- $1.7 million: That’s the amount they earn during their careers. That’s $400,000 more than individuals
with just a high school diploma.
- Up to 50%: They earn a lot more than someone with just a high school diploma.
Change Your Life in Four Semesters
Full-time students can earn the Associate in General Studies in just four semesters
Associate degree holders have access to more jobs. Their unemployment rate is 3.8%
(compared to a rate of 5.4% for those with just a high school diploma).
Get Started Begin your studies with these steps:
- Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application.
- On the application, select “Associate in General Studies” or “Associate in General
Studies (100% Online).”
- Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form