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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 Intellectual Skills Courses

General Education Knowledge Areas

Chose one course from each Knowledge Area below; then choose one additional course from one of the three Knowledge Areas.

General Studies Requirements

  • Choose from two courses in English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, music, philosophy, communication (Mode 3) and theatre. 6-8 Credits
  • Choose from any course in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, physics or other physical science that includes a laboratory. 4 Credits
  • Choose any two courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, social science and sociology. 6 Credits
  • Choose any open elective courses. 23 Credits

Total Credits Required: 60-62


*  Transfer students and students changing their major to Liberal Arts or General Studies may not be required to take IDS* 201  .  IDS* 201 may not transfer to other schools as a General Education course.  Students may want to consider taking a General Education Mode 1  course in its place.  Please consult with an advisor.

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.

All first or second semester students majoring in General Studies are encouraged to take the course SD 111: First Year Experience: Foundations for College Success ; or SSC* 150: Transition Development .

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