Program Requirements for the Associate of General Studies

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 different career.

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

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • MIS 101 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3)
  • ENG 101 English Composition I
  • ENG 102 English Composition II
  • MATH 101 Liberal Arts Mathematics or
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (3)

II. Liberal Arts (21 hours required)

A) International Studies (3 hours required)

A student must complete 1 of the 3 courses.

  • ENG 125 World Literature and the Human Experience
  • GSCI 110 World Geography
  • HIST 111 Modern World Civilization

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


  • ART 180 Fundamentals & Appreciation of Art
  • ART 280 Approaches to Creativity
  • ART 380 Survey of Art History

Communication Studies

  • COMM 125 Introduction to Motion Pictures
  • COMM 318 Communication in Human Organizations


  • ENG 125 World Literature and the Human Experience
  • ENG 126 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 327 Introduction to Fiction

Modern Languages

  • Beginning 1 or 2 course(s) in any language. (May not be used as General Education for students earning the B.A. degree)
  • MLNG 112 Great Works in Translation


  • IDS 350 Diversity in the U.S.


  • MUS 161 Listening to Music
  • MUS 391 Jazz
  • THTR 120 Introduction to Theatre


  • PHIL 100 General Logic
  • PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 340 Introduction to Ethics

Mathematics and Natural Sciences--6 hrs with no more than 1 course in 1 area

Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 100 Human Biology*
  • BIOL 102 Lab Experience in Biology
  • BIOL 200 Humans and The Environment*
  • BIOL 300 Human Heredity*


  • CHEM 100 Chemist's View of the World
  • CHEM 105 Introduction to the Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry I and Lab**
  • CHEM 114 General Chemistry II and Lab**


  • GSCI 100 Introduction to Geology*
  • GSCI 101 Elements of Physical Geography
  • GSCI 102 Introduction to Geology Laboratory
  • GSCI 340 Environmental Geology*

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • MATH 234 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  • MATH 250 Elements of Statistics

  • or
  • CIS 200 Elements of Statistics
  • MATH 331 Calculus Methods


  • PHYS 102 Physical Science
  • PHYS 103 Physical Science Laboratory
  • PHYS 208 Elementary Meteorology*
  • PHYS 309 Descriptive Astronomy*

*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 area


  • ECFI 201 Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECFI 202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • ECFI 205 Theory & Practice of Personal Finance


  • HIST 110 World Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 130 United States History to 1877
  • HIST 131 United States History Since 1877


  • IDS 350 Diversity in the U.S.

Political Science

  • POLS 101 American Government
  • POLS 230 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 300 Current Political Issues


  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 340 Social Psychology


  • SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 355 Sociology of Death and Dying
  • SOC 388 Sociology of the Family in America

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)

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