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General Studies Curriculum

General Studies

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 I 1303
Health or Physical Education**101
HISHistory (HIS 121 or 101)303
MTHMathematics (MTH 154 or 161)1303
Natural Science with Lab*334
SDV 100College Success Skills101
Second Semester
ENG 112College Composition II303
HISHistory (HIS 122 or 102)303
MTHMathematics (MTH 155 or 162)1303
Natural Science with Lab*334
PSY 200 or SOC 200Principles of Psychology or Principles to Sociology 2303
Third Semester
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking303
ENGLiterature (ENG 241, 243)**303
ElectiveHumanities or Social Sciences***303
PSY 200 or SOC 200Principles of Psychology or Principles to Sociology 2303
Fourth Semester
ENGLiterature (ENG 242, 244)303
ElectiveHumanities or Social Sciences***303

Total Minimum Credits for General Studies    ...    61

1 Developmental coursework may require additional semesters to complete program.
2 Both PSY 200 (Principles of Psychology) and SOC 200 (Principles of Sociology) are required for this program.
BIO 101-102; CHM 111-112; PHY 201-202; GOL 105-106 may be used to fulfill requirements
**Determine transfer institution's requirements prior to selection
***Humanities Electives: ART101-102; MUS 121-122; ENG 241-242; ENG 243-244; REL 230.
***Social Science Electives:  PLS 211-212; PSY 231-232; GEO 200.

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General Studies - Transfer Path

Degree: Associate of Arts & Sciences (AA&S – Transfer)
Program Code: 697
Program Length: 2 year – 4 Semesters (accelerated option available)
Minimum Credits: 68
Distance Learning Option Available
Program Degree Completion Plan

Program Advisors

Judy Castle,  276.964.7243, Russell Hall Room 133
Jereial Fletcher,  276.964.7223, Russell Hall Room 137
Lisa Henley,  276.964.7329, Russell Hall Room 230
Greg Horn,  276.964.7223, Dellinger Hall Room 137
Annette Lockhart,  276.964.7310, Russell Hall Room 226
Ann Marie Trivette,  276.964.7559, Russell Hall Room 229
Russ Wood,  276.964.7510, Russell Hall Room 129 

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