Jul 17, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

General Studies (A.A.)

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The General Studies Program provides students with the freedom to explore subjects and issues of particular interest to them in the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics or science. Students receive a firm grounding in the classic disciplines and choose two areas of concentration for focused study. The program’s many electives allow students to explore a variety of intellectual interests and to sample coursework in professional fields (e.g. business, criminal justice, design, fashion merchandising). The flexibility of the General Studies Program also enables it to serve as a degree completion program for Associate degree students who have discovered their interests do not lie in the program in which they began their studies or for students who have determined they cannot continue their baccalaureate studies into the junior and senior years.

Career or Advanced Study Options:

Although there is no specific professional preparation in General Studies, the Program’s many electives permit students to obtain knowledge in a variety of professional fields. Indeed, it is possible for one of the student’s four-course concentrations to consist of focused professional study. Students may, therefore present themselves to employers as being knowledgeable in a career field.

Learning Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this program will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences;
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of at least one of these areas;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing;
  • Be able to think critically;
  • Be able to identify, locate and retrieve sources of information.


Required Courses: (21 credits)

  • 100 or 200 level Science Elective 3 credits (Scientific Understanding) 

Concentration Electives: (24 credits)

Four (4) courses each in two of the following areas are required:

  • Humanities (EN [except for EN 101, EN 102, EN 105, and BA/EN 205], MU, PH, RL, SP, MC 101, and AR 231, 232, 310, 433)
  • Social Sciences (HI, PO, EC, PS, SO, and GP 101, 220, 230)
  • Math/Science (MA, SC, BI)
  • Professional Study

Open Electives: (15 credits)

Total Credits: (60)

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)

  • Math Requirement 3 credits
  • Social World Elective 3 credits
  • Open Elective 3 credits
  • Four (4) Concentration Electives  12 credits 

Second Year: (30 credits)

  • Science Elective 3 credits
  • Four (4) Open Electives 12 credits
  • Four (4) Concentration Electives 12 credits
  • History Elective 3 credits 

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