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Develop essential skills and build confidence in your future

Strengthen your résumé, expand your abilities, and become a more well-rounded person by earning your Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree from Judson University. Built specifically for busy adults, this program allows you to keep the rest of your life in balance while achieving your academic and career goals, such as:

  • Develop your critical thinking skills to better understand the world (and people) around you.
  • Strengthen your problem solving and reasoning by learning how to be more analytical and logical.
  • Become a better communicator by improving your writing, speaking, presenting, computer skills, and more.

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Why Judson for your associate degree?

You could qualify to pay $0 out-of-pocket for tuition

Judson’s tuition is already lower than average for a private university. However, we want to make our AA program even more affordable for you through our $0 out-of-pocket tuition program for qualified students. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for Pell Grants and the Monetary Award Program (MAP) offered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).
  • This is a legitimate financial aid offer made possible through Pell and MAP funding, along with generous contributions from Judson partners.

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Progress at a comfortable pace

  • Earn your degree 100% online or attend class just one night a week at the campus closest to you: Elgin or Rockford.
  • Take one class at a time, with each class lasting just six weeks.
  • Outside of class time, plan to spend about 15 hours per week working on homework.
  • By following this plan, you can expect to graduate in about 2.5 years.

Courses that teach you career-ready skills

You must complete 60 credit hours to graduate with your associate degree. You’ll take a variety of courses that set you up for long-term success and satisfy Judson’s general education requirements.

Course List
  • ART 210 Visual Culture
  • COM 101 Effective Communication: Informative
  • COM 102 Effective Communication: Persuasive
  • COM 111 Business Writing
  • ENG 225 Literature of Spirituality
  • ENG 267 Literature, Life, and Ideas
  • ESS 154 Wellness for Life
  • GEN 103 Faith and Learning I
  • GEN 104 Faith and Learning II
  • GEN 105 Survey of the Bible
  • GEN 126 Foundations of the Spiritual Life
  • MTS 106 Computer Basics
  • LDB 105 Foundations of Adult Learning
  • MAT 105 General Education Mathematics
  • SCM 101 Scientific Ideas in Physical Science that Impact the 21st Century
  • SCM 102 Scientific Ideas in Life Science that Impact the 21st Century
  • SOC 220 Social Problems
  • SPC 230 Business Presentations
  • SSC 211 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • SSC 263 The City in History: Chicago

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Prepare for better, more secure jobs with your AA


Increase your salary

On average, associate degree holders earn 20% more money each week than those with just a high school diploma.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Education Pays”

Open your career options

Because associate degree holders qualify for more jobs, they have an unemployment rate nearly two full percentage points lower than those with just a high school diploma.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Education Pays”

Go beyond with a bachelor’s

Besides helping you get a better job now, your associate degree can also be a steppingstone to your bachelor’s degree. By earning your AA at Judson, you will have met our general education requirements and can finish your bachelor’s faster.

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Sustained support leads to sustained success

Personal attention, face-to-face and online

Regardless of whether you take classes on-campus or online, you’re always close to Judson’s helpful people and resources, including:

  • Enrollment and Success Coaches who guide you through application, enrollment, coursework, and school-life balance.
  • 24/7 tech helpdesk so you can keep current on your courses from anywhere.
  • Tutoring and academic support to get through though classes and assignments.

Join a close, committed community

  • 75+% of Judson’s classes have fewer than 20 students, so you’ll get to know your classmates well.
  • Judson’s 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio means more personal time with your expert instructors.
  • 94% of our students recommend Judson to a friend, demonstrating our commitment to quality and community.

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