Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) is a unique degree available through the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Hays State University. The AGS allows you to meet short-term educational goals and helps prepare you to move ahead in your current job, a new career or as a step on your way to a bachelor’s degree.

The Associate of General Studies program consists of a 15-hour foundations studies component, 21-hours of liberal arts course work, a 12-hour customized area of emphasis and 12-hours of free electives, for a total of 60 credit hours. The AGS degree can be completed on campus or on-line through the university’s Virtual College.

It's a great time to explore your options!

Are you undecided about a major? If so, you are not alone. About 25% of Fort Hays State University students are undecided or change majors at some point in their college careers. That's why FHSU created a unique exploratory program called the Associate of General Studies (AGS).

The AGS program can provide the opportunity to study topics and issues you might find interesting and help you to discover your strengths and skills. The program offers an intellectually exciting and academically demanding curriculum for students seeking a college degree designed especially to meet their educational needs. At the end of your first two years, you will have earned an AGS degree. The degree can be an intermediate step on your way to a bachelor's degree. Most importantly, the program provides the freedom to select a major and go on to fulfill the bachelor's degree of your choice.

Many students are taking of advantage of Prior Learning Assessments (ACE, CLEP, DANTES, etc.) to complete 30 of the AGS credit hours. No more than a combined total of 30 hours will be accepted within the AGS program. Prior to taking accelerated exams, please review the FHSU credit policies identified in each exam description.

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*AGS degree summaries will be completed only after a student has been admitted to the University and provided all necessary transcripts. Please contact the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the e-mail or phone number provided below after admission to the University is complete. Please allow five business days for an unofficial checklist checklist to be completed. Official degree summaries are completed after one semester of enrollment at FHSU.

For more information about the AGS program, contact:
Debbie Staab
Coordinator of Academic Advising: AGS & BGS degree programs
Fort Hays State University - Forsyth Library #022
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601
785-628-5761
785-628-4037 (fax)
Email: dstaab@fhsu.edu