The goal of the Associate of Arts in General Studies is to provide fundamental knowledge in the areas of Communication, Collaboration, and Community that serves as a basis for a capstone research paper. Students enrolled in this program have a wide variety of course options from which to choose, allowing individuals to customize a program aligned with their interests. Courses include those from the humanities, business, visual & performing arts, and the social science areas. Although not geared to a specific vocation, the program offers skills that are widely sought-after in all industries: the capacity to communicate effectively, collaborate with various colleagues and consumers, and create community among all stakeholders. It also provides a base for further study in the four-year program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Communication - Students will examine and understand the social, historical, practical and inter-cultural nature of communications, including digital and social media, public relations, web design, and marketing.
  • Collaboration - Students will demonstrate familiarity with the language of management, the various theories and dynamics of individual and group behavior, and cross-cultural perspectives within organizations and management styles.
  • Community - Students will gain a broad understanding of global and local communities, and their associated complexities and challenges, including domestic violence, addiction, oppression, social diversity, prejudice and fiscal and social justice.

Liberal Arts Core

Writing and Intellectual Traditions Complete the following course.

  • - Writing and Intellectual Trad I (3 s.h.)

Theology Complete the following course.

  • - Introduction to the Bible (3 s.h.)

Required Major Core

Complete at least 24 s.h. from courses in the areas below, including a minimum of two courses in each area of study (Communication, Collaboration, and Community).

Communication At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Web Design (3 s.h.)
  • - Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • - Advanced Composition (3 s.h.)
  • - Language and Society (3 s.h.)
  • - Media Survey (3 s.h.)
  • - Social Media for Public Relations and Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • - Digital Strategy & Web Analytics (3 s.h.)
  • - Email Marketing (3 s.h.)

Liberal Arts Core

Mathematics Complete one of the following course.

  • - Quantitative Reasoning (3 s.h.)
  • - Precalculus (4 s.h.)
  • - Finite Math (3 s.h.)
  • - Calculus I (4 s.h.)
  • - Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3 s.h.)

Science Complete 4 s.h. from the following courses.

  • - General Biology (4 s.h.)
  • - Environmental Biology (4 s.h.)
  • - Human Biology (4 s.h.)
  • - General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • - Introduction to Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • - Perspectives on Natural Sciences (3 s.h.)
  • - Physical Science (2 s.h.) or
    • - Earth Science (2 s.h.)
  • - Introduction to Astronomy (4 s.h.)
  • - Introductory College Physics (4 s.h.)
  • - University Physics (4 s.h.)

Social Science Complete one of the following courses.

  • - Principles of Microeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • - Consumer Behavior (3 s.h.)
  • - Language and Society (3 s.h.)
  • - World History to 1200 (3 s.h.)
  • - World History 1200-Present (3 s.h.)
  • - United States History to 1877 (3 s.h.)
  • - United States History Since 1877 (3 s.h.)
  • - American Federal Government (3 s.h.)
  • - State/Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • - Political Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • - General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • - World Geography (3 s.h.)
  • - US Geography (3 s.h.)

Required Major Core

Complete at least 24 s.h. from courses in the areas below, including a minimum of two courses in each area of study (Communication, Collaboration, and Community).

Collaboration At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Principles of Management (3 s.h.)
  • - International Business Cultures (3 s.h.)
  • - Decision Making Strategies (3 s.h.)
  • - Retail Management (3 s.h.)
  • - Advanced Excel for Business App (2 s.h.)
  • - Operations Management (3 s.h.)
  • - Organizational Theory & Behavior (3 s.h.)
  • - Leadership in Organizations (3 s.h.)

Community At most one course in this area can be at the 200 level.

  • - Global Literature: Origins and Intersections (3 s.h.)
  • - Family (3 s.h.)
  • - Social Diversity (3 s.h.)
  • - Special Topics (3 s.h.)
  • - Addiction and Recovery (3 s.h.)
  • - International Social Work (3 s.h.)
  • - Domestic Violence (3 s.h.)
  • - Faith and World View (3 s.h.)

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