Our online associate in arts degree in general arts gives you a great introduction to a general collegiate education. You can take a wide variety of courses from nearly every area of interest.

Many of this program’s required courses are also University Core Curriculum required courses. It's a good option if later you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree because many of your credits will apply toward fulfilling the requirements of a bachelor’s degree.

Our courses are asynchronous—meaning you do not have to log in to class on particular times or days of the week. Instead, you can work on weekly deadlines at the times most convenient to you.

Academic Advisors

Request additional information or contact the program advisor to start developing your personal plan of study.

If you've taken classes at another school or are planning to do so, you might be able to apply that credit to your degree. However, to earn an associate degree from us, you must complete at least 15 of the last 20 credits through Ball State University.

For more information about transferring credit, contact your program advisor or review the guidelines in the undergraduate catalog.

Note: You cannot concurrently earn any other associate degree while pursuing the associate in arts degree in general arts; also, if you’ve previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for this degree.

Course Requirements

This degree requires a total of 60 credits. For a complete list of all requirements, see the course catalog.

Note: not all courses are offered online in all terms. We’ve listed all the course options to assist you in determining which courses may apply toward this degree program if you are considering transferring. Contact your advisor for questions and support.

General Education, 31 credits

  • ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 104 Composing Research (3 credits)

6 credits from:

  • HIST 150 The West in the World (3 credits)
  • MATH 125 Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication (3 credits)

Core Curriculum Distribution Requirements, 15 credits

  • One course from Tier 1 Fine Arts or Humanities (3 credits) 
  • One course from Tier 1 Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (3 credits) 
  • One course from Tier 2 Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities or Natural and Social Sciences (3 credits) 
  • Two courses from the Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories above (6 credits)

Other University Core Curriculum courses (3 credits)

Physical Fitness and Wellness, 1 credit of PFW 160

Electives, 29 credits

Ready to Apply?

This program has rolling admissions—which means you can apply any time. Your advisor will help you determine which semester you can start registering for courses.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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