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Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, AA


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The General Studies Associate of Arts program differs from its program options in the distribution of electives.  Students may select, for concentration, either the General Studies programor any of the program options that are listed throughout the Programs of Study section.  The General Studies program options are as follows: 

  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Environmental Management
  • Forensic Studies
  • Media Studies

No. of Credits: 61

Contact: W. Montgomery, Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences Division

This program serves part-time and full-time students who have a variety of short- and long- term goals:

  1. those who need a flexible course of study suitable to their unique occupational or personal needs;
  2. those whose career plans are undecided and who wish to sample courses from several disciplines in preparation for making career decisions;
  3. those who wish to broaden the base of their general knowledge in the range of disciplines traditional to college-level liberal arts education.

Students are asked to confront significant and complex scientific, historical, cultural, philosophical ideas; manipulate information; reason analytically; and demonstrate in writing or orally in the disciplines of arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Transfer institutions expect general studies students to build on these competencies in upper-level major courses. Employers find these competencies compatible with business and industry needs. It is strongly advised that those who choose this program because their educational or career goals are unclear take STU 1050 , a career exploration course, within the first 24 credits of the program. This program is fully available online.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

 TRANSFER OPTIONS:

This program of study articulates to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with Johns Hopkins University. Contact an advisor for recommended course selection.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Contact the program coordinator.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Park and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Communication (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Mathematics (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Arts (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Humanities (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Third Semester


Interdisciplinary/emerging issues (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)


Acceptable:

Note:

Four credits must include a lecture with a corresponding lab.

English literature (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Fourth Semester


Biological/physical sciences (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


Acceptable:

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Elective (3 credits)


  • Take 3 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and above except MTH 1040 

Notes:


***The two “social/behavioral sciences” courses required for this degree must be from two different disciplines.

Notes:


* Courses requiring a prerequisite

** Program option

*** special criteria for required general education courses

**** Pending MHEC approval

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