General Studies Program A.S.

Program Description

The General Studies curriculum is designed for students who wish to graduate with a well-balanced general education. It also allows students who have not yet decided on an area of concentration to explore and enrich themselves before specialization. It is an appropriate choice for students who wish to increase their knowledge or skills to qualify for other curricula while pursuing a wide range of interests.

General Studies students should coordinate with a particular program in a baccalaureate institution if transfer is desired. The requirements of senior institutions determine the transferability of credit.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Develop written texts of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately;
  2. Develop oral messages of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately;
  3. Recognize, understand, and use quantitative elements;
  4. Become familiar with science as a method of inquiry;
  5. Use traditional and digital technology to access, evaluate, and apply information;
  6. Understand the interrelatedness of various realms of human experience;
  7. Understand the systems of influences that shape a person's, or group's attitudes, beliefs, emotions, symbols, and actions;
  8. Understand the diverse nature, meanings, and functions of creative endeavors through the study and practice of the creative arts;
  9. Identify and apply ethical principles that guide individual and collective actions; and
  10. Understand how elective courses reflect personal, occupational and academic interests.
 Requirements (60-65 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (36-41 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
Computer course (100-level or higher) 3 credits
Science elective 3-4 credits *
Mathematics or Science elective 3-4 credits *
Social Science electives 9 credits *
Math Elective 100 level or higher (3-4 credits)
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 6-8 credits*
 Open Electives (24 Credits)

No more than 15 credit hours of open electives may be taken in any one subject area.

 Recommended Sequence of Study
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
Mathematics elective (100-level or higher) 3-4 credits
Computer course (100 level or higher) 3 credits
Social Science elective 3 credits *
Open elective 3-4 credits *
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
Social Science elective 3 credits *
Science elective 3-4 credits *
Humanities elective 3-4 credits *
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits
3-4 credits*
 Semester 3
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 3-4 credits*
Mathematics or Science elective 3-4 credits *
Social Science elective 3 credits *
Open elective 6-8 credits *
 Semester 4
  • Open electives 15 credits **
 Note:

* One of the three courses in Science, Humanities, or Social Sciences must be an IDS ELE  Interdisciplinary Elective  course.

** Cooperative Education Work Experience ( GEN 296) may be substituted for a maximum of six credits in the open elective category.

# Please see Catalog Home  for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.