Associate of General Studies
The Associate of General Studies (AGS) is a unique degree available through
the College of Arts, Humanities and Social 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
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
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 15 of the AGS credit
hours. No more than a combined total of 15 hours will be accepted within the
AGS program. Prior to taking accelerated exams, please review the FHSU credit
policies identified in each exam description.
Areas of Emphasis
*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:
Coordinator of Academic Advising: AGS & BGS degree programs
Fort Hays State University - Hammond Hall #208
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601