Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Arts and Sciences > Associate of General Studies > Program Requirements
The AGS program is an excellent choice for the person who would
like to return to earn his or her college degree. To earn an Associate
of General Studies degree, you will only need to complete 60 credit hours. The
degree allows for 12 hours of free electives and 12
hours in your area of emphasis.
By entering the AGS program, you will be able to set
and meet short-term educational goals. After earning your Associate
of General Studies degree, you can easily elect to go on to complete
a four-year degree. Through the program, you gain critical-thinking,
problem-solving, math and communication skills that are needed
to move ahead in your current job or to prepare for a new and
The AGS program will provide direction but at the same time allow you to explore
a wide range of information in every discipline. It also provides challenges
in a program of interdisciplinary study focused on developing intellectual
thought and academic persistence.
I. Foundation Studies (15 hours required)
A student is required to take the following courses:
Analysis and Communication
II. Liberal Arts (21 hours required)
A) International Studies (3 hours required)
A student must complete 1 of the 3 courses.
B) Distribution (18 hours required) Course areas used to complete requirements under International Studies
allow a student to take only 1 additional course in that area under distribution
for General Education credit. Humanities--6 hrs required with no more than 1 course
in 1 area
Mathematics and Natural Sciences--6 hrs with no more than
1 course in 1 area
and Computer Science
*Course can be completed with optional 1 hr lab
**Course fulfills 1 hr lab requirement Social and Behavioral Sciences--6 hrs with no more than 1 course in 1 areaEconomics
Italics denotes general education courses required for the teacher education program.
All courses are 3 credit hours except for the labs.
III. Area of Emphasis (12 hours required)
IV. Free Electives (12 hours required)