Developed for working individuals interested in learning a variety of diverse, in-demand skills, Southeastern University’s online associate degree is ideal for students who are beginning their college career without declaring a major field of study.
Whether you’re working toward the career of your dreams or are still uncertain of which industry you’d like to pursue, the online associate degree allows you to get started on your college education while you consider your options for the future. Through an accelerated curriculum founded in academic fundamentals, you’ll gain the educational foundation you need to succeed in today’s workforce, plus the credentials to continue your education with an advanced degree.
Each course in the online associate degree program is delivered through our online classroom and focuses on career-ready skills that can be applied in a variety of industries. With flexible schedule options and unlimited online access to course materials, you can learn when and where you want. Study on the go as you navigate core courses required for all bachelor’s degrees at SEU, and become proficient in advanced writing techniques, mathematical foundations, American history, scientific methods and research, psychology, the arts and more. You’ll also have the freedom to select elective courses based on your interests, so you can explore academic topics that ignite your passion before choosing a specific field for further study.
Though delivered online, SEU’s online associate degree still offers personalized attention from experienced faculty members who are dedicated to helping you succeed. With the support of your educators, you’ll learn to demonstrate effective written and oral communication, so you can engage with diverse populations and belief systems through any career path you choose. When you complete the online associate degree program, you’ll be fully equipped with the skills it takes to apply critical thinking in the workplace, plus the academic credentials to transfer your credits to a bachelor’s degree.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
SEU’s online associate degree program includes a total of 62 credits. Through 50 credits of general education courses, you’ll gain a strong understanding of advanced writing techniques, mathematical and scientific foundations, American history and fine arts. For the remaining 12 credits, you’ll select a variety of elective courses that interest you and support your career goals.
Intellectual and Practical Skills (12 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits DCOM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech This course is a study in both theory and practice in the principles of effective speech development and presentation. 3 ENGL 1133 English Composition I This course is the study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of expository prose, with an emphasis on fluency and style. 3 ENGL 1233 English Composition II This course includes study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of argumentative and expository prose, with an emphasis on the documented paper. A research paper is required. 3
Mathematics (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits MATH 1213 College Algebra This course is a study of the systematic development of fundamental algebraic operations. Included in this development are systems of linear equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; absolute value equations; radicals; and conic sections. 3 MATH 1313 Topics in Mathematics This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and mastery of the basicoperational skills involved in the areas of informal geometry, logic, probability, andstatistics. 3 MATH 1323 Explorations in Mathematics This is a discrete mathematics course that demonstrates the beauty and utility of mathematics. Topics for this course are set theory, elementary number theory, history of mathematics, numbers and number systems, financial mathematics, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. 3 MATH 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business and other social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression. 3 BBUS 2433 Data Management and Analysis In this course students will analyze, synthesize and evaluate actionable information to drive routine and ad hoc management decisions. The course provides an introduction to descriptive, inferential, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics using a spreadsheet. 3
Engaging Human Culture and The Natural World (19 credits)
Historical Perspective (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HIST 1033 World Civilization to 1600 A survey of world history from the beginning of civilization to 1600. Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious movements. 3 HIST 1043 World Civilization Since 1600 A survey of world history from 1600 to the present. Emphasis is placed on various nationalistic movements including the English, American, and French Revolutions; the rise of new nations; scientific expansion; changes in religious sects; world conflicts; and status of the world at the present. 3 HIST 2013 American History to 1877 This course is a survey of American history to 1877. Topics include the colonial period, the Revolutionary era, the Constitution, Jeffersonianism, economic and territorial expansion, sectional tensions, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 3 HIST 2023 American History 1877 to Present This course is a study of American history from 1877 to the present. Topics include the New South, the New West, foreign affairs, industrialization, the Progressive Era, the World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and present issues. 3
Humanities elective (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUMS 2033 Theatre Appreciation This course is an introductory overview of the elements of dramatic production and the history of theatre. 3 HUMS 2233 Introduction to Humanities This is an integrated course designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the creative and expressive arts through the study of representative materials. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits ENGL 2133 Introduction to Literature This course introduces an in-depth study of the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama of American, English, and world literature. 3
Behavioral Science elective (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology An introduction to the field of psychology, with special emphasis on the more applied areas of psychology. Topics addressed include perception, intelligence, learning, personality, and social behavior. 3 PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment This course is an introduction to human adjustments and the resulting forms of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles underlying normal behavior. This course helps students apply mental health principles to everyday living. 3
Social Science elective (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits SSCI 2033 Humans in Society This course introduces the student to the multidisciplinary field of social science by exploring the social theories, phenomenons, institutions, and forces that shape society. Emphasis is placed on exploring the existence and perpetuation of social problems as a means of introducing the social sciences and applying critical thinking skills to these diverse issues. 3 SSCI 2233 Marriage and Family The study of the major issues related to courtship, marriage, and family formation. Special attention is given to the social conditions influencing courtship, marriage, divorce, and family life. Topics include dating rituals, gender differences, expectations, parenting, family dysfunction, family violence, and strategies for sound relating. The role of family counselors and therapists is also discussed. 3 BBUS 2203 Introduction to Economics This survey course introduces the basic concepts of economic reasoning including the essentials of microeconomics including supply and demand, elasticity, factors of production, price and output determination under various market structures, and market equilibrium. It also introduces macroeconomic measurements including GDP, unemployment, inflation and policy tools for business cycle stabilization. 3
Natural Sciences with lab (select one)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits NSCI 1034 Life Science Lecture/Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well being of humankind. Problem solving and explanation of biological phenomena is expected to be the basic process development approach. 4 BIOL 1334 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well-being of humankind. Problem solving and an explanation of biological phenomena are expected to be the basic process development approaches. This course incorporates a hands-on laboratory that includes applied technology and field-oriented experiences using scientific inquiry for discovery and problem solving. 4
Christian Responsibility (9 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 2013 Human Diversity and Christian Community Students are introduced to current issues in human diversity and challenged to respond to them creatively and empathetically as 21st century Christians. Writing Intensive. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1503 Personal Stewardship This course explores personal stewardship from a Christian perspective. The course focuses on the ideas and practices of living responsibly with respect to one's own health & wellness, management of personal & family finances; engagement in civic responsibilities; and oversight of God's creation. Emphasis is given to the application of these practices with respect to the student's stage of life. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 3123 Introduction to Ethics This course examines the philosophical and theological principles and issues related to ethics. It addresses meta-ethical questions about the relationship between moral language and concepts and various metaphysical and post-metaphysical views; normative ethical theories; theological structures and implications of ethics; and contemporary ethical issues. 3
Spiritual Formation (10 credits)
College and Christian Calling
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1001 College and Christian Calling This course serves as an introduction to the mission of Southeastern University and the academic tradition of liberal arts education. The course prepares students for academic and social success by focusing on the areas of success factors for higher education, Christian higher education as calling, and personal and spiritual formation. 1
Old Testament Elective
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIOT 1433 Old Testament Interpretation The course serves as an introduction to Old Testament interpretation. It provides an elemental framework for interpreting the Old Testament by exploring its ancient Near Eastern contexts; discussing literary, thematic, and theological constructs; and demonstrating how it informs Christian thought and practice. 3
New Testament Elective
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BINT 1533 New Testament Interpretation This course serves as an introduction to the New Testament in the context of its first century environments. The course examines the teachings and interpretations of the New Testament as well as the role of the Scriptures in the Church. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 2123 Christian Thought and Practice This course surveys the history of Christian thought and practices. Doctrinal topics introduced in the course include the doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church, scripture, and last things. The course explores the application of Christian practices and spiritual disciplines such as prayer, communion, baptism, and social responsibility to the students’ community. 3
Twelve credits of any elective courses.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$24,180|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 85% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we offer multiple payment options.Learn More
After completing our online associate degree, you’ll have the educational foundation and professional skills needed to continue your education with an advanced degree or begin a variety of diverse careers, including:
- Human resource assistant
- Marketing assistant
- Video production assistant
- Junior designer
- Administrative assistant
Frequently Asked Questions
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
- No, there is typically no need for you to come to campus.
- We offer three 16-week semesters that are each broken into two eight-week terms. This allows you to focus on just one or two classes at a time, instead of four or five courses.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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