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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?

Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

General Studies Pathway, A.S.

What is General Studies? 

General Studies is a guided pathway allowing exposure to a variety of subjects and providing students  flexibility as they move to the baccalaureate level. Students will take courses across a broad spectrum of fields, emphasizing breadth rather than depth.

Why choose General Studies?

General Studies is an excellent choice for students who are undecided about a major or for those who wish to emphasize the liberal arts. By choosing General Studies, students will have the ability to select from a wide variety of majors later when they pursue their bachelor’s degree programs. Through exposure to numerous fields of study, students will enhance their critical thinking, communication and analytical abilities, skills employers rate as highly desirable.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The General Studies pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Career options available to students in General Studies may be found in:

    ·       Sales
    ·       Retail
    ·       Marketing
    ·       Management
    ·       Human resources
    ·       Non-profit management
    ·       Social services
    ·       Real estate
    ·       Journalism
    ·       Logistics
    ·       Sports and recreation
    ·       Special event planning

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Online Programs

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science

Alicia Braswell, Administrative Assistant

Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone, Associate Department Chair of Social Science

Contessa Paige,Administrative Assistant

Clarkston Campus

George Vargis, Associate Department Chair of History and Political Science

Marc Zayac, Department Associate Chair of Social Science

Mary Brown, Administrative Assistant

Decatur Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business

Donna McLean, Administrative Assistant

Dunwoody Campus

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science

Alicia Braswell

Newton Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business


Ursula Thomas, Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.