General Studies

Why choose General Studies at WSU?

  • You gain a sound educational base from a broad variety of courses through which you learn important life skills and can explore potential careers and other majors.
  • Some employment positions require that you have an associate's degree to be hired or to earn a promotion.
  • It is often a great way to “lock in” general education coursework toward a WSU bachelor’s degree. For some bachelor’s degrees this is not the case, so consult an academic advisor to inquire if this associate's degree is right for you.
  • Some competitive college programs grant extra points towards admission to applicants who have earned an associate's degree.
  • Completion of a General Studies associate's degree (minimum 60 credits) can often be accomplished in two years. By earning 15 credits each semester, you will complete your degree in less time and for less money than students taking fewer credits per semester. Full-time tuition is charged for an 11-18 credit load, so you pay the same tuition for 15 credits as you would for 11. That means taking more credits is like getting college credit free!
  • You may discover an interest in a more specific major.
  • If you have completed a number of general education courses, you should inquire about how close you are to receiving the General Studies associate degree.
  • Other universities within the Utah State Higher Education System (USHE) will accept a WSU General Studies associate's degree to fulfill the general education requirements of their bachelor’s degrees.

What degrees are available?

The Associate of Science (AS) and the Associate of Arts (AA) are available, and the difference between an AS and AA at Weber State University is that the AA requires proficiency in a second language. See the Weber State University Catalog for more information.

What courses are offered through online/distance learning?

You can earn a Weber State University General Studies associate's degree online, although the full list of course options are not offered online. For more information contact the Student Success Center at 801-626-6752 or click here.

What are the employment opportunities?

  • General Studies associate's degree graduates are qualified to pursue entry-level employment that requires a general education foundation. The highly transferable knowledge and skills are strongly desired by employers in many different settings.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics reports that associate's degree graduates earn an average of approximately $7,000 more a year than people with only a high school diploma. They also report that the 2013 unemployment rate for people with an associate degree was 5.4 percent compared to 7.5 percent for those with only a high school diploma.
  • For more information on employment opportunities, contact Weber State University’s Career Services at 801-626-6393.

What will I learn in the program?

General Studies students become well-rounded graduates through coursework in the humanities and creative arts, social sciences, and physical and life sciences, as well as proficiency in computer and information literacy, quantitative literacy, and writing.

Where can I find out more about the programs?

Student Success Center
Weber State University
3885 West Campus Dr., Dept. 1132
Ogden, UT 84408-1132

Department Phone : 801-626-6752
Department Website:

Is there an application deadline?

There is no application deadline, yet there are advantages to applying early and registering early for college programs.