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Certificate of General Studies

The Certificate of General Studies is a one-year award (31 hours) designed to provide recognition of the completion of a body of knowledge in general education and to serve as an intermediate step toward an Associate of Arts degree and/or to recognize as a "completer" a student who has successfully completed a significant number of courses in general education but does not intend to complete an Associate of Arts degree.

Area of Study

General Studies



Total Program

31 Credit Hours

The fourth digit in the course number indicates the number of credit hours.

Requirements - 31 hours

Communications - 9 hours

Communications Department
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech
Communications Department
Choose one course below. 
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
ENG 2033 Technical Writing and Communication English

Fine Arts/Humanties - 3 hours

Fine Arts/Humanities Department
Choose one course below. 
ART 2503 Fine Arts-Visual Art
MUS 2503 Fine Arts-Musical Music
THEA 2503 Fine Arts-Theatre Theatre
THEA 2513 Fine Arts-Film Theatre
HUM 2003 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece and Rome Humanities
HUM 2013 Introduction to Humanities II: Europe Humanities

Mathematics - 3 hours

Mathematics Department
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy Mathematics
 Students may take a MATH course higher than MATH 1043.

Lab Science - 4 hours

Lab Science Department
Choose one course (with a lab) below. 
BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education Biological Science
BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology Biological Science
BIOL 1024 Ecology Biological Science
CHEM 1014 General Chemistry I Chemistry
ESCI 1004 Introduction to Environmental Science Environmental Science
PHSC 1204 Physical Science Physical Science
PHSC 1304 Earth Science Physical Science

U.S. History/Government - 3 hours

U.S. History/Government Department
Choose one course below.
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science
HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2773 The United States Since 1876 History

Computer Information Systems - 3 hours

Computer Information Systems Department
Choose one course below. 
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems
CIS 2453 Microcomputer Applications II Computer Information Systems
CST 1104 Introduction to Computer Hardware/Software Computer Systems and Networking Technology

Psychology/Sociology - 3 hours 

Psychology/Sociology Department
Choose one course from the following departments.
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology Psychology
SOC 2213 Principles of Sociology Sociology

Social Science Elective - 3 hours

Social Science Elective Department
Select one Social Science course that has not been used from the departments below.
HIST (History), SOC (Sociology), POSC (Political Science), ECON (Economics), PSY (Psychology), or GEOG (Geography)

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