General Studies

Build Higher Education Foundation and Prepare for Broad Career Opportunities

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Program Overview

Do you aspire to broaden your knowledge and sharpen your critical thinking, and foster habits of mind for lifelong learning? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers you a transformative journey with the General Studies Associate of Arts degree. This program is designed to develop your learning, thinking, and writing skills within a flexible framework, preparing you for upper-division work if you plan to transfer to a four-year institution.

In addition to general education, you will engage in an in-depth research and writing class, enhancing your skills in analysis, synthesis, and creativity. You will also complete at least two 200-level courses beyond general education requirements to prepare you for the workplace or additional college courses. Your journey in the General Studies program culminates in a capstone project, where you will demonstrate your research and writing abilities while reflecting on your learning and showcasing your achievements.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Versatile Degree Design: Embrace a degree that adapts to your academic and career aspirations, offering flexibility and depth.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving: Develop skills in critical thinking and problem-solving, essential for success in any career.
  • Research & Writing Proficiency: Hone your research and writing skills through a specialized course and capstone project.
  • Preparation for Advanced Studies: Gain a strong foundation for transferring to a four-year institution for further academic pursuits.
  • Opportunity for Elective Exploration: Explore your passions through electives while earning a valuable associate degree.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

General Studies – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Cost: $8,560

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"The Liberal Arts degree at CWI has allowed me to maximize my former college credits and graduate with my associate degree in less time than starting over from scratch."
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