The General Studies degree allows students to explore personal, professional and academic areas of interest and provides a flexible framework that supports transfer. Through an interdisciplinary and intentional course of study, this degree fosters the development of an academic identity, the advanced application of General Education competencies, and the integration of course work and co-curricular activities leading to a cohesive academic experience. In consultation with an advisor, students are encouraged to explore areas of academic and/or personal interest through General Education course requirements and open electives, and then to select one of the following interdisciplinary Cores to promote more focused study:
611 A - General Studies: Studies in Humanities, Arts, Communication, and Languages (HACL Core)
611B - General Studies AA: Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM Core)
611C - General Studies AA: Studies in Social Science, Administration, and Health Core (SSAH Core)
611D - General Studies AA: Integrated Studies
The General Studies degree requires successful completion of at least 60 credit hours drawn from General Education course requirements, Core courses, and electives. Students will choose at least 15 credit hours from the disciplines listed in the selected Core. Students must complete at least 15 credit hours at the 200 level. Students must complete at least 3 credit hours at the 200 level from the disciplines and courses listed in the Core. The additional 200 level credit hours may be drawn from any combination of General Education, Core cores, and electives. Students should work closely with an advisor to select course work appropriate for their goals.
General Studies Undecided Option
Upon enrollment, students who are unsure of which Core they want to select may use General Studies Undecided (611Z GENU). General Studies Undecided consists of 32 credits from General Education and ENGL 101 and up to 7 elective credits. Students cannot graduate from General Studies Undecided and should select a Core to complete their academic plan upon the completion of 24 credit hours and before the completion of 30 credit hours.
All General Studies students should meet with an advisor to develop an academic plan to ensure their course selections meet their academic, personal and transfer goals. Course substitutions for Core requirements will be considered through an appeals process on a case by case basis.