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Create the Path You Want and Achieve Your Goals

The Associate of Science in General Studies degree program at City University of Seattle sets the foundation for a variety of career trajectories or educational paths. However you use your degree, you will learn to think critically, analyze data, and solve problems creatively.

The associate in general studies curriculum is designed to provide maximum flexibility. The degree offers a unique opportunity to develop a multi-disciplinary and carefully focused course of study, which fulfills traditional university requirements while meeting your specific goals for a college degree.

The Associate of Science in General Studies is a flexible, two-year program that introduces students to a field of their choice and prepares them for entry-level positions or seamless continuation to a bachelor’s degree program. No prior post-secondary study is necessary to enroll in the program, and it is wholly compatible with, and transferable to, further undergraduate study at City University of Seattle and elsewhere.

Students with prior college credits or formal non-collegiate training can transfer up to 65 lower-division credits. Students in the military can transfer up to 85 credits and use military education and training credits to pay for school.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Associate of Science in General Studies program, you’ll learn a wide range of disciplines, such as:

  • Arts
  • Math
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • College-level writing
  • Economics
  • Public speaking
  • Philosophy

Required Credits (90 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

General Education (30 credits)

College Composition: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Humanities: 5
Social Sciences: 5
Natural Sciences, Mathematics: 5
General Education Elective: 5

General Studies Core (20 credits)

SSC 107 Introduction to Internation Studies: 5
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology: 5
HUM 105 Introduction to Critical Thinking: 5
MATH 110 Introduction to Data and Statistics: 5

Program Courses (35 credits)

Courses are selected by students (in consultation with their advisor) or may be transferred into the degree program.

Capstone Course (5 credits)

GS 295 Associate Degree Capstone (5)

The Associate of Science in General Studies offers a broad course of study. You will be prepared to further your education in a bachelor’s program or seek an entry-level position in a wide range of fields, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Communications
  • Sales
  • Computer support
  • Administration

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

On-Demand Online Associate’s Degree With FlexCourse

City University of Seattle’s FlexCourse format allows you the flexibility to earn your degree while continuing to work. This format allows you to engage online in a one-on-one relationship with your faculty member who supports your journey with activities and resources specific to your needs.


Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.