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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

General Studies Major Concentrations

For students seeking a bachelor's degree in General Studies, the requirements for a concentration may be fulfilled by using a combination of credits earned by course work completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher learning, by examination, by portfolio assessment, by contract learning, by taking courses, or by approved non-collegiate instruction. Concentrations require a grade of "C" (2.0) in each course. Courses with grades of Pass are typically not acceptable in a concentration unless there is confirmation that Pass is equivalent to 2.0 (C) on a 4-point grading scale.

Some concentrations can be completed by taking Charter Oak State College courses exclusively; others require students to earn credits elsewhere in transfer. Concentrations marked with an asterisk (*) can be completed in entirety by taking courses offered at Charter Oak State College.

Descriptions, requirements, and student learning outcomes are available for the following concentrations:


Interdisciplinary Concentrations

Individualized Studies

Liberal Studies


Subject Area Concentrations that can be completed entirely by taking courses at Charter Oak State College

American Studies*

Child and Youth Development*

Child Studies*

Criminal Justice*

Human Resources

Information Systems Studies*

Organizational Leadership*

Paralegal Studies*

Political Science*

Public Administration*

Public Safety Administration*



Subject Area Concentrations that can be completed by taking some courses at Charter Oak State College


Applied Arts

Applied Behavioral Science

Art History




Computer Science Studies



Foreign Language


Health Studies


Interior Design Management


Music Theory or History

Optical Business Management


Religious Studies 


Subject Area Concentrations that can be completed only through transfer credit

Engineering Studies

Fire Service Administration


Judaic Studies


Technology Studies