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Associate of Arts

Get acclimated to college as a working adult and satisfy Judson’s general education requirements by completing the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts program.

As you progress through this program, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to succeed at the college level. Plus, you’ll take your first crucial steps toward a bachelor’s degree, which can expand your educational and career opportunities even further.


How will an associate of arts degree benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


In this program, you’ll gain both academic and practical knowledge and skills to prepare you for school and work success. While studying for your associate degree, you’ll:

  • Develop your understanding of critical and creative communication
  • Strengthen your problem solving through analysis and research
  • Prepare to continue to a bachelor’s degree and grow as a lifelong learner

“I believe if you can read well, write well, and speak in public competently, you’ll always be able to find a job.”

Alice Daniels
Adjunct Instructor


What classes will I take?

As part of your 60 credit hours, you’ll take foundational courses in several topics to satisfy Judson’s general education requirements and set you up for long-term success. Some of the classes you might take include:

  • Business Presentations
  • Business Writing
  • Computer Basics
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Effective Communication
  • Faith and Learning
  • Foundations of Adult Learning
  • Foundations of Spiritual Life
  • General Education Mathematics
  • Literature, Life, and Ideas
  • Scientific Ideas in Physical Science that Impact the 21st Century
  • Social Problems
  • The City in History: Chicago
  • Visual Culture

What makes this program stand out?

  • 9:1

    Student-to-faculty ratio

  • Best Christian Colleges Undergrad

  • 94%

    Students who would recommend Judson to a friend


How long will it take to get my associate degree?

You can expect to spend about 15 hours a week on coursework outside of class, and you only have to attend class one night a week. Most students earn a degree within 2 years, and it may actually be sooner depending on how much college experience you have.

Can I transfer my other college credits to Judson?

Yes, many credits transfer to Judson. Not only do we have a generous transfer policy, but our enrollment coaches will even work one-on-one with you to make sure you get the most credit possible for your former work.


How much will it cost?

$450

per credit hour
(60 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

847.637.0689


What can I do with an Associate of Arts degree?

How will an associate degree prepare me for the future?

While an associate degree can open doors to additional career opportunities, the primary purpose of Judson’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts program is to prepare you for your choice of bachelor’s degree programs in Judson’s Division of Professional Studies.

“Already with having this degree, I’m more confident. I’m proud to say I have my associate. I’m currently working on my bachelor’s and thinking of my master’s.”

Jennifer Roversi
Associate of Arts


Why choose Judson for an Associate of Arts degree?

Made for working adults

Judson’s Division of Professional Studies classes only meet once a week, with coursework designed to boost your abilities academically and professionally. Classes are taught online or on campus in Elgin or Rockford, giving you the flexibility to study when and where it’s convenient for you.

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts is taught on our Rockford and Elgin campuses, and online.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Online

    Online

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
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    Student Success Center
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Career Services
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Free Daycare
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Designated Success Coach
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Financial Aid Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students