General Studies Degree

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The General Studies degree offers a flexible curriculum that students can tailor to individual professional needs. This flexibility includes meeting the needs of students who wish to transfer acceptable credits earned at other colleges. This self-designed degree requires a total of 64 credits, including a required set of general education courses. Thirty-two of the 64 credits must be from major related or core courses currently offered in Associate Degree programs. The degree offers two options. Students electing option 1 must develop a 32 credit focus/concentration area consisting of courses chosen from current Associate Degree programs. This focus area must consist of at least 15 credits that are distinctly different from current degree programs. Students who simply wish an Associate Degree in General Studies with no focus may elect option 2. To improve employment opportunities, students are strongly advised to elect option 1.

It is imperative that the student formulate and identify his or her own career goal with the assistance of the General Studies advisor. The final plan must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs before or upon earning 32 credits toward the General Studies degree.

All college policies, including residence credits, apply to this degree. It is recommended that the applicant begin the process by contacting the General Studies advisor or the Vice President of Academic Affairs for specific information. Graduates of the program will meet expected outcomes including the ability to:

  • demonstrate integrity, responsibility, perseverance, and tolerance of ambiguity through the acquisition of knowledge and skills for leadership, further education, and team work;
  • communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally;
  • demonstrate a process for evaluating information rationally and consistently;
  • demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human and technical problems.

Students may start this degree program in the fall, spring, or summer.


First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
  College Composition 3 0 3
  Computer Electives* 3 0 3
  Major/Related Courses 6 0 6
  Mathematics 3/4 0 3/4
  Semester Total  15/16 0 15/16
 
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
  English 3 0 3
  Major/Related Courses 9 0 9
  Science varies varies 3/4
  Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language 3 0 3
  Semester Total  varies varies 18/19
  First Year Total      33/35
 

Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
  Major/Related Courses 9 0 9
  Liberal Arts Electives 3 0 3
  Social Science 3 0 3
  Semester Total  15 0 15
 
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
 
  Major/Related Courses 9 0 9
  Elective 3/4 0 3/4
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Semester Total  15/16 0 15/16
  Second Year Total      30/31
 
  Total for A.S. Degree      64