2020-2021 Catalog 
  
    Jul 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

General Studies (AA&S)


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CIP 24.0101
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
AA&S Transfer Resources - Transfer & Articulation Agreements, Guaranteed Admission Agreements

Program Advisors
Dr. John Brenner, 276.964.7226, Russell Hall Room 135
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

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.)

First Semester


Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 14
  • Lab Hours: 3
  • Course Credits: 15

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 15
  • Lab Hours: 3
  • Course Credits: 16

Third Semester


Semester Total


Fourth Semester


Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 15
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 15

Total Minimum Credits: 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 -BIO 102 ; CHM 111 -CHM 112 ; PHY 201 -PHY 202 ; GOL 105 -GOL 106  may be used to fulfill requirements

**Determine transfer institution’s requirements prior to selection

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