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General Studies/Liberal Arts

Associate in Arts
Online Degree Option

This program is designed for students who desire a general education or who want to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree and transfer to a four-year college. Emphasizing the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, science, and the fine arts, the program provides students with a substantial educational foundation with which to pursue their chosen profession. Students can transfer to any four-year college or university in the state of Alabama as a junior by following the STARS program.

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General Studies

So What Can I Do With a Liberal Arts Degree?

Kate Lorenz, Editor

Perhaps the most persistent -- and often most annoying -- question college students hear throughout their years (second only to "What's your major?") is "So what are you going to do with your major?" The truth, for many of them, is that they simply don't know. And that is totally OK.

While choosing a major will help you prepare for a career in a specific field, it can also provide a solid basis for pursuing a career in a seemingly dissimilar field. For example, history majors can go into government, journalism or even museum work, and it's not unusual for theater majors to work in business.

Before you think about what you're going to do with your major, find out what you can you do with your major.

Whatever your major, keep your options open by volunteering, interning, doing part-time work or taking classes in other areas that interest you. Involve yourself in community events and get to know local professionals who can give you contacts, advice and references.

And the next time someone hassles you about what you're going to do with your major, resist the urge to tell that person where you'd like to stick it; instead, say with every confidence that you have a variety of options to pursue, but you don't want to narrow them down quite yet.