Associate of Arts General Studies Online

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The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies is designed to give students valuable preparation for further studies, by providing them with introductory general studies courses while helping them develop a foundational Biblical perspective. Students successfully completing this program will demonstrate:

  • A general knowledge of the content of Scripture.
  • College-level competence in the general skills that form the foundation for all learning: reading, writing/composition, and critical thinking.
  • Introductory knowledge of Western culture integrating themes from history, science, philosophy, or literature.

National Accreditation

Trinity College of Florida is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels.

TCF Accreditation Memberships and Approvals

Graduation Requirements

All of the following requirements must be met in order to graduate and receive an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Trinity College:

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average including completion of the Associate of Arts curriculum, Chapel, and Christian Service requirements.
  • The final 30 credit hours and at least 50% of all major courses credit hours must be completed in residence at Trinity College.
  • Satisfactory completion of all Trinity College assessment procedures.
  • Continued evidence of a consistent, genuine, Christian testimony.
  • Continued essential agreement with the Doctrinal Statement of the College.
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of all financial obligations to the College. No degree will be granted or transcript provided to a student with an outstanding financial obligation to the College.
  • Affirmative recommendation for graduation by the faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Board of Trustees.

Meet Your Academic Advisor

general studies aaDr. Krista Mallo

As the Program Director of the General Studies major, Dr. Krista S. Mallo will be your academic advisor and will guide you throughout your time as an online student. Dr. Mallo currently serves as the Advisor for the Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Mallo is the Director of the Student Learning Center at Trinity College of Florida.


Dr. Mallo earned her B.A. in English Literature (2001), M.A. in English Education (2005), and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (2020) at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include narrative methodologies, poetic inquiry, autoethnography, and self-directed learning.

Krista Mallo, PhD

Answers to Your Questions About The AA in General Studies Online

Is the General Studies AA the right Option Right for Me?

Earning your AA (Associate in Arts in General Studies) is a great place to begin your educational journey. You will be in the same classes with the same professors as students attending on campus. Same curriculum, same requirements, same traditional semester. 

Why earn an Associate Degree from a Bible college? Earning your AA from a Bible college not only gives you the foundational course requirements for your education-it gives you the biblical knowledge and application you need for life! An AA is the first two years of a four year degree. Once you have completed your AA degree, you will have earned the first two years of a four year bachelor degree. Some students’ professional goals only require an AA degree, others earn an AA before entering college as a junior on campus to save money, there are many reasons to earn your AA degree.

Is financial aid available for Trinity College of Florida students?

Yes! Although many people think they can’t afford to go to college, a large percentage of students receive some type of financial assistance, including our degree completion students. Our financial aid representatives are ready to help you sort through the different types of financial aid and show you how to get the assistance available to you.

Why Is A Chromebook Included?

Trinity College of Florida utilizes Google products. You will receive a Chromebook that comes loaded with the software you need to be successful as an online student. Quick links will already be loaded on the homepage of your Chromebook for easy access to your online web portal (eCampus and MyTitus), Grammarly, Right Now Media, your TCF gmail account, and others. Students may use other platforms, devices to access, Chromebooks offer an efficient, consistent, platform to maximize your time.

What is Trinity College of Florida Accreditation?

Trinity College of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (U.S. Department of Education database)

– Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.
– Trinity College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students, and
– United States Department of Education for Federal Pell Grants and other Federal financial aid programs, and
– Approved to enable the certified veteran to gain financial supplement for education.

– American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
– Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)
– Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
– Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
– Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
– Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS)
– Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA)
– National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)
– National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
– Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC)

Where Will My Trinity College Credits Transfer?

Every college and university has the right to decide what credits they will transfer in their programs. Trinity College uses the (SCNS) Numbering System. This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions. Students and administrators can use the online SCNS to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. This information is at the SCNS website at Florida Department of Education. (Download their handbook for a list of schools).

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