Jul 07, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog

General Studies, A.S.*

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Program Design

The General Studies associate degree program leads to an associate in science degree. This program offers the broadest range of electives of any major at the college. General Studies is a concentration that is appropriate for transfer, for employment and for a self-designed independent course of study.


If considering a career in education, students need to select a transfer institution early and consult with a counselor.


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. For those students who are not prepared for the mathematics and English courses required in the program, the college offers a wide range of developmental classes.

A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit is required in this program as follows:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all General Studies degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate a clear connection among elective choices and their personal, occupational or academic ambitions.
  2. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
  3. Become adept in written and spoken communication skills.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

General Studies Program Required Courses

General Education Courses

General Studies Requirements

  • IDS* 101 The First Year Experience *    3 Credits  (*Must be taken in first semester)
  • Choose from any course in biology, chemistry, physics or other physical science that includes a laboratory   4 Credits
  • Choose from any courses in English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, music, philosophy, theater or communication   3-4 Credits
  • Choose any  General Education Knowledge Area - Humanities   course 3 Credits
  • Choose any course in anthropology, psychology or sociology   3 Credits
  • Choose any course in economics, geography, history or political science   3 Credits
  • Choose any open elective courses   18-20  Credits

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.


Please note: cooperative education courses are available as an elective to General Studies students. Please see Academic Information  or contact the Cooperative Education office for more information.

* IDS101 First Year Experience should be completed during the first semester. Students in the STARS program or AIT may replace this course with elective credits.  Students transferring to MCC, or students declaring General Studies, A.S. as their major, who have completed 30 or more credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher may choose to take IDS* 201  in place of IDS* 101  .

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