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General Studies

A General Studies Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree requires a minimum of 60 total credits. For the degrees of Associate in Arts at least 45 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences; for the degrees of Associate in Science at least 30 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. All of the General Education and residency requirements must be met.

Major Requirements

General Education

40 cr

Electives (added to General Education to bring total credits to 60)

20+ cr


60 cr

 Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete an Associates of Arts or Science General Studies will be able to:

  • communicate effectively using Standard English, read and listen critically, and write and speak thoughtfully, clearly, and coherently and persuasively.
  • locate, evaluated, synthesize and used information and understand the ethical issues involved.
  • articulate the ideas and processes that shaped the history of the United States.discuss the major developments in the history and culture of other countries.
  • discuss the impact of nations, regions, and cultures upon other nations, regions and cultures since 1945, and the impact of these interactions upon individuals.
  • analyze and interpret works of art, literature, performing arts, visual arts, other arts forms and explain their impact on our heritage and culture.
  • explain the interdependent influences of the individual, family, and society in shaping behavior by analyzing self, the world, and social and cultural institutions.
  • use mathematics and mathematic concepts to solve problems and understand data.
  • explain basic scientific process and theories and be able to apply scientific inquiry.  One 4-credit course that includes a lab must be taken.
  • organize, interpret, and evaluate evidence and ideas within and across disciplines; draw reasoned inferences and defensible conclusions; and solve problems and make decisions based on analytical processes.
  • be able to demonstrate competency in one or several disciplines within an academic area of concentration.