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General studies degree available online at Peirce College

General Studies Degree

Our customizable General Studies degree program appeals to your personal and professional sides.

Your General Studies Degree

The perfect option if you’re looking for a wide-ranging program, Peirce’s Associate of Arts in General Studies degree program is flexible. Perhaps best of all, it’s easy to apply previous college credits you’ve earned toward a degree to this program.  Plus, it'll put you on track to continue on to a bachelor’s degree program. No matter your goals, Peirce lets you create your own customized, interdisciplinary plan of study that explores your interests and advances your career options.

Peirce College is dedicated to serving career-oriented adults with its General Studies program. Take your classes for our General Studies degree online, at our Center City Philadelphia campus or both.

At Peirce College we know that your schedule can be busy, and that's why we give you the option of earning a General Studies degree online, on campus at our Philadelphia location or through a combination of both.


The curriculum for the Associate of Arts in General Studies covers a wide range of courses: humanities, history, arts, English, social sciences, mathematics, technology and more. Classes are available on campus and online, or you can mix in both class types acording to what works best for you.

Associate in Arts Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 61

PRC PRC 100 or PRC 101* 1
BIS 111 Application Software Fundamentals 3
COM 112 Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
ENG 103 Rhetoric and Research 3
HUM 102 Introduction to Ethics 3
MAT 101 Introduction to College Mathematics 3
SOC SCI Social Science Courses (choose 1) 3
SCI Science Core (choose 1) 3
GE General Education Core (choose 1) 3
FIN 100 Introduction to Personal Finance 3
HUM 275 Leadership & Ethics 3
GE ELE General Studies Electives (choose 2) 6
ELE Elective Courses (choose choose 7) 21

Meet Our Faculty

Our General Studies team members can vary from session to session since they teach in other programs at Peirce. For information on individual course instructors, please consult the Course Schedule.

Emily Basile
Emily Basile, Ph.D
Associate Professor, General Education

Ph.D Drexel University
B.S., Millersville University
Subject Area: Science
Linda Currie
Linda Currie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, General Education

B.S.E.D., Shippensburg University
M.S., Shippensburg University
Ph.D., Capella University
Subject Area: Mathematics/Science

Robyn Edelstein, M.F.A.
Professor, General Education

B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College)
M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College
Subject Area: Communications, English, Humanities

Beverly F. Elliot, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Teaching Professor, General Education

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Western Michigan University
Ph.D., Temple University
Subject Area: Humanities, Political Science, History, English

Joseph S. Falzone, Ph.D.
Professor, General Education

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
M.A.T., The College of New Jersey
Ph.D., Temple University
Subject Area: Economics

Brian Finnegan, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Information Technology and General Education

B.S., Cornell University
M.S., Drexel University
Ed.D., Temple University
Subject Area: Technology Management, Programming and Application Development, Desktop Applications for Business, Networking

Toboulayefa D. Houessou-Adin, Ph.D.
Professor, General Education

B.A., College of Wooster
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., Temple University
Subject Area: Humanities

Melissa Kowalski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, General Education

B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., Arcadia University
M.A., University of York
Ph.D., Lehigh University
Subject Area: English
Maggie Obozian
Margaret Obozian, M.Ed.
Professor Emeritus, General Education

B.S., Drexel University
M.Ed., Temple University
Subject Area: English

Milika Singleton, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, General Education

B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
Ed.D., Wilmington University
Subject Area: Psychology, Sociology

James Tobin, M.Ed.
Professor Emeritus, General Education

B.A., Villanova University
M.Ed., Temple University
Subject Area: History, Political Science

Rita Toliver-Roberts, Ed.D.
Vice President Of Academic Advancement and Professor, General Education

B.A., Rowan University
M.A., Rider University
Ed.D., Rowan University
Subject Area: Psychology and Sociology

Your Career Options

An associate degree can be an important step to advance your career. The General Studies Program at Peirce is flexible - combine courses from business, technology and legal studies to craft the program you need for your unique career goals. You’ll get a well-rounded education, sharpening your skills in areas like oral and written communication as well as critical and analytical thinking.

If you have previous college credit that you are trying to turn into a degree in order to advance your career, then a Peirce General Studies degree is for you.

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“Highly motivated students who are interested in translating previous college-level study into a degree should take advantage of this program.”

Brian Finnegan

Assistant Dean, Information Technology

and General Education

Interested in a degree in General Studies? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application. You can also apply using our online application!