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.
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.”
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:
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
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
The City in History: Chicago
What makes this program stand out?
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?
Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid
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.”
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.
200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois
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
Student Success Center
Designated Success Coach
Financial Aid Services
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