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General Studies

You don't like to waste time, but you also don't feel like you are ready to choose one educational path. This is part of the journey, and you can take the first step in ALL directions at once at Garrett.

What exactly is General Studies?

The General Studies degree curriculum is designed to keep options open while fulfilling the requirements of an associates degree. It is a broadly based degree program designed for students who plan to pursue an Associate in Arts degree before transferring to a four-year college and/or university. It allows students to complete general education requirements and explore various disciplines which may assist them in determining a program major in preparation for transfer to a four-year college/university.

Note: Traditional students seeking to enter the workforce for the first time and students looking to transfer to a baccalaureate program in a major otherwise available at Garrett College are not encouraged to pursue the General Studies program. Students seeking to transfer to a liberal arts institution for programs such as English, History, Philosophy, Languages, and Pre-Law should follow the Liberal Arts concentration. Students seeking to transfer to Pre-Med, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Pharmacy, and other pre-professional programs related to health and science should follow the Math & Science concentration.

General Studies Degrees Awarded

Garrett College awards an Associate in Arts (A.A.) to graduates of the General Studies and General Studies (FSU Transfer) program.

Program Goals

Information Literacy Skills: Students will demonstrate competency in information literacy skills. Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information.

Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills and the ability to produce written work that meets or exceeds established performance standards. Communication skills include making connections that create meaning between one’s self and his or her audience; speaking, reading, writing, and listening effectively; using electronic media, technology, and data effectively; having information literacy skills that enable students to find, evaluate, incorporate, and present information effectively.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to use analysis and reasoning skills required to engage in clear and critical analysis of situations, events, issues, ideas, and texts by fusing experience, reason, and training into considered judgment.

Scientific Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning skills including the use of appropriate scientific, mathematical or statistical models in interpreting quantifiable phenomena and the use of scientific, mathematical or statistical symbols, techniques, and logic in solving problems of a quantifiable nature.

Information Management Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to use and apply electronic media for research, communication, and practical application including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.

Program Benefits

Starting the first semester at Garrett College, students who choose this option are encouraged to work with an academic advisor to develop a plan for completing the degree and identify electives to best meet the specific requirements of transfer institutions. The large number of open electives enables students to tailor their program to their individual needs and interests.

Career Goals

Garrett's General Studies program is designed to cater to students who are undecided on a career field or simply want to focus on completing general educational requirements so they can focus more as they progress along their educational journey. Career goals are endless for students in General Studies, and the focus is more on forward educational momentum than the end state.

General Studies A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (31 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • SPC101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Literature CourseG  3
  • GER  Humanities CourseG  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Two (2) Soc & Behavioral Science CoursesG  6


  • GER  Two (2) Science CoursesG
    (at least one must be a lab course)


  • GER  Mathematics CourseG  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Electives (28 credits)

Check with advisor about transferability.

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.