General Studies

Program Competencies for GS

Program Competencies are those outcomes outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness and Learning Outcomes Assessment section.

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure and clear understanding of the various disciplines and the proper foundation to pursue a variety of career choices.

Technical Standards for GS

  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person's life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.

General Studies Degree (GS)

If your career and educational goals are not yet firmly defined, the General Studies program provides a flexible curriculum allowing you to explore many different disciplines.

Year 1
ENG 101English Composition I 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
General Elective 2 3
FYE 101First Year Seminar 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
General Elective 2 3
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 32-3
Humanities Elective 4 3
Science Elective 5 3-4
General Elective 2 3
Year 2
Business Elective 6 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 7 3
General Elective 2 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
General Elective 2 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
General Elective 2 3
ISC 220Community Service Learning Capstone 83
 Total Credits: 62-66

Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.


PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer


Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE


 Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY


Business Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, PLS


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC


Capstone Course

Literature Electives

ENG 201Honors English: American Romanticism3
ENG 203Twentieth Century American Authors3
ENG 205Shakespeare3
ENG 210Literature Of The Sixties3
ENG 213American Literature I3
ENG 214American Literature II3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 224Mystery Fiction3
ENG 227English Literature I3
ENG 228English Literature II3
ENG 233Science Fiction3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 252Shakespeare and Star Wars: A Study of Tragedy through Drama and Film3
ENG 259Literary Masterpieces I3
ENG 260Literary Masterpieces II3
ENG 261The Short Story3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3

Health Electives

BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2

See the general studies general information for program competencies and technical standards.


Click here for information on the campus/format.

Helpful hints

General Studies is a good alternative if you have not decided on a career or transfer program. However, once you have decided, it is suggested that you change your program of study as soon as possible.

Transfer options

General Studies students interested in transferring should consider changing their program of study to one of the Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) Degree programs. LAS allows students to explore different disciplines while taking courses that transfer. Consult with your advisor for more information.

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential

Varies according to industry.