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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

General Studies (AA)

Explore your options, find your interests

If you want to explore a wide variety of topics before determining your major, or are unsure of your career path, our associate of arts degree is for you.

Challenge your critical and creative thinking. Gain knowledge in the fine arts and sciences. Understand fundamentals of computers and programming. Work with the most innovative technology. Sharpen writing and speaking skills. Focus on the subjects that matter most to you. 

Our program, on-campus and online, is built to serve as an entry program for those seeking admission into higher education programs, but need more credentials. Complete 60 credit hours, with 30 being general education requirements. Choose your additional credits and electives, from any discipline.

Benefits of studying general studies at DSU

With a general degree, you can pursue a career in fields like business, technology, communications, and more.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AA degree in General Studies, students will:

  • Be knowledgeable and competent in computer programming.
  • Be knowledgeable and appreciative of the Fine Arts.
  • Be knowledgeable and appreciative of the Social Sciences.
  • Continue their education in baccalaureate or professional programs.


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