The Associate’s Degree in General Studies

Students are exposed to learning in several disciplines:

  • Communication Studies • Humanities Arts • Natural Sciences • Social Sciences • Languages

The Associate’s degree in General Studies offers students the opportunity to earn a traditional two-year degree in as little as four semesters, depending upon life experience. Students gain competencies in writing, verbal communication, problem solving, critical and creative thinking and emotional intelligence – essential skills for the workplace and for life-enhancement in general.

An Associate’s in General Studies has the following advantages: preparation for employment at the entry level, development of career skills and preparation for further study at the bachelor’s degree level.

The General Studies program houses the core curriculum for all matriculated students at Pillar College. The GE curriculum is mandated by The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and our accrediting associations. As such, students in pursuit of the New Jersey State High School Diploma, an Associate's degree, or a Bachelor's degree may be required to complete between 30-60 credits of General Education courses to qualify for their diploma/degree.

There are a number of cases in which a student's prior experience can result in the awarding of the GE credit. Some GE courses can be transferred in from other colleges or acquired through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Additionally, where permitted, course substitutions are accepted.

In order to ensure that our students are well-rounded and exposed to various fields of intellectual inquiry, the General Studies Curriculum includes courses in the following disciplines: Communications; humanities; arts; natural sciences; social sciences, language studies and science and technology.

BIBLICAL STUDIES                15 CREDITS    (See Catalog)

GENERAL EDUCATION        45 CREDITS   (See Catalog)

General Education Core Requirements                                       45 Credits
GEDU 121College Foundations3
CISY 101Computer Literacy OR Computer Literacy 1023
COMM 150Principles of Public Speaking3
ENGL 101English Composition I3
ENGL 102English Composition II3
ENGL 200+World Literature I OR  World  Literature II (other options available)3
HIST 231+Western Civilization I OR Western Civilization II3
HIST 222Essentials of American Government: History, Policy & Structure3
MATH 101+Contemporary Math (other options available)3
PHIL 101 or 201Introduction to Philosophy OR Survey of Worldviews3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Natural ScienceEnvironmental Science OR Earth Science3
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
HumanitiesInnovation and Creativity OR World Language3
HumanitiesEnglish Literature  OR  Media, Tech & Society3
Total                                                                                                                 45 Credits

• Communication •  Law • Management Marketing • Medicine • Public Service • Education

FOR EXAMPLE: Pre-School Teacher,  Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Hygienist, Cardiovascular Technologists & Technician, Dietetic Technician, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical therapist assistants,  Paralegals & Legal assistants,  Web Developers

Financial Policies and Procedures

Pillar College is committed to providing an excellent cost-effective education for its students. Tuition and fee rates, payable each semester, are set annually according to economic conditions within the college and industry standards.

$22,056Annual Full Time Student Tuition (Domestic)
$30,000 Annual Full Time Student Tuition (International)*
Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester)
*Block rate is not available to LEAD, Online and Independent-study courses
International student tuition up to 15 credits maximum
$919Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester); all Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate
$158Audit rate per credit
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at Pillar College
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at local high schoolDevelopmental Courses (ESL and courses below 100 level) per credit


Note: For the LEAD program, tuition is determined at the cohort start date and remains the same for the duration of that program. Courses taken outside of the LEAD program are charged at then current tuition rates.  Enrollment in a LEAD term financially obligates the student for the entire four class semester. General Semester Fees.  All Fees are non-refundable.