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Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

General Studies

Program Description

The General Studies Program encourages students to explore, examine, and analyze a wide range of human knowledge. The program sets the foundation for lifelong learning.

The following are the requirements of the General Studies Program. The student must:

A. COMPLETE coursework totaling not less than sixty (60) credit hours.

B. COMPLETE the following thirty to thirty-two (30-32) credits from the College’s General Education Core listing. The student is urged to take these courses before those in section “C” because they are a foundation upon which to build the program.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG 101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning◊ Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed other than ENG 101 3
Program Requirement: General Elective1In close consultation with a counselor or faculty advisor, a student must choose 30 additional credits from at least three of the following academic areas: Allied Health or Physical Education (ALH), Behavioral Social Science (BSS), Business (BUS), Liberal Arts (LA), or Science Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) 30

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

◊MAT136/137 may be used as a General Elective but will not fulfill a Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Students planning to transfer to a Bachelor program who have not completed three years of a modern language should be advised to use six credits of General Electives to complete language requirements.

General Education Outcomes: See page 55 for General Education Competencies and Goals

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