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Associate of Arts & Sciences

Major: General Studies


ddl-3All degree requirements may be completed through Distance Learning delivery methods.

Length: Two-year Program – Four semesters

Purpose: The Associate of Arts and Sciences program in General Studies is designed to enable individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills, and habitat of mind necessary for responsible participation in society. As well, it allows students to take courses that are accepted in most four-year colleges and universities in a wide range of baccalaureate curricula. A special feature of the general studies curriculum is that students are not required to declare a specialized major subject field the first two years of undergraduate education.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements established for the College, entry in the general studies program requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units, or equivalent, as a minimum: 4 units of English; 2 units of college preparatory mathematics; 1 unit of laboratory science; and 1 unit of history. Students with deficiencies will require developmental studies. General studies students are urged to work closely with their faculty advisor or college counselor in planning their program and selecting electives. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university are urged to check the academic program requirements for admission in the desired major field of study. (For admission to the Liberal Arts specialization, at least two units of a foreign language are recommended as well.)

Program Requirements: The basic requirements of the curriculum are primarily courses considered to be in the category of general education. A minimum of 62 credits is required in the General Studies degree program. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also to consult with the counseling department at SWCC in planning this program and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program listed, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in General Studies. (The Liberal Arts specialization requires four units of foreign language.)

Course NumberCourse TItleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
ENG 111College Composition I303
SDV 108College Survival Skills101
HISHistory (HIS 121 or 101)303
MTHMathematics (MTH 151 or 163)303
Health or Physical Education021
Natural Science with Lab*334
TOTAL13515
Second Semester
ENG 112College Composition II303
HISHistory (HIS 122 or 102)303
MTHMathematics (MTH 152 or 164)303
Natural Science with Lab*334
ElectiveElective**303
TOTAL15316
Third Semester
ENGLiterature (ENG 241, 243 or ENG 251)**303
Principles of Psychology or Principles to Sociology **303
ElectiveHumanities or Social Sciences303
ElectiveElective**606
TOTAL15015
Fourth Semester
ENGLiterature (ENG 242, 244 or ENG 252)**303
Principles of Psychology or Principles to Sociology **303
ElectiveHumanities or Social Sciences303
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking303
ElectiveElective**303
TOTAL15015

Total Minimum Credits for General Studies        61

Humanities Electives:  PHI 101-102; ART 101-102;  ENG 241-242, ENG 243-244, ENG 251-252, ENG 257, ENG 279; MUS 121-122;  SPA 101-102, 201-202; FRE 101-102, 201-202; HUM 256; REL 100, REL 200, REL 210, REL 230, REL 246

Social Science Electives:  ECO 201-202; PLS 211-212; PSY 200, PSY 231-232, PSY 235, PSY 266; SOC 200, SOC 235, SOC 268; HIS 101-102,  HIS 266, HIS 269,  HIS 277; GEO 200, GEO 210

* BIO 101-102, CHM 111-112, NAS 131-132,  PHY 201-202, GOL 105-106 may be used to fulfill requirements.

* * Determine transfer institution’s requirements prior to selection

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