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General Studies (A.S.)
The general studies curriculum is designed for students who wish to explore a broad range of subjects and interests. Maximum flexibility in the choice of courses is permitted. This is often the program of choice for students who seek education as a lifelong endeavor.
Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution may benefit from a general studies degree with a maximum of acceptable transfer credits. Early identification of an upper division school is encouraged to allow for ease of transfer. Students should contact a transfer counselor or faculty advisor to assist in this process.
“General Studies” is a term used to describe a program of study that contains core general education requirements, but allows for selection of a broad range of subjects including technical or career-specific coursework. The general studies curriculum is designed for students who wish to explore a broad range of subjects and interests. Maximum flexibility in the choice of courses is permitted through open electives. Careful advising and selection of courses is recommended to ensure maximum transferability of courses. Students should regularly seek advising to align course selection with academic and career goals.
The degree can transfer to a four-year institution. However, this program doesn’t require courses which are often necessary for Bachelor’s degrees, such as foreign language or lab science. Careful advising and selection of courses is recommended to ensure maximum transferability of courses.
The Associate Degree gained from either General Studies or Liberal Arts may lead to advancement of employment as well as an increase in earnings.
As of the Fall 2023 semester, the Community Colleges will merge and become Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.
Please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly.