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General Studies

Flexible By Design
The Associate of Science degree in General Studies program is a popular, affordable way to complete general education or “core” classes – required coursework across multiple areas of study. Flexible by design, it’s the perfect degree if you’re undecided about your major, looking to transfer to a four-year institution, or earning an academic degree to fit your career goals.
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What will you learn?
  • Enhance your communication, critical thinking and technology skills
  • Explore multiple disciplines and world views
  • Determine your field of study or career path
  • Develop strong study and time-management techniques
What will you do?
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Determine your academic or career interests
  • Decide your future course of study, either at ACM or another institution
  • Use your degree to meet your career needs

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Program Details

The Associate of Science degree in General Studies program develops and expands critical thinking, technology and communication skills – a plus in today’s competitive labor market.

Whether you transfer to a four-year college or university, enroll in an ACM career program or use your degree to move up the career ladder, this program offers a valuable academic degree tailored to your needs.

Working with dedicated instructors, you’ll complete 60 credit hours – the equivalent of your freshman and sophomore years of a four-year college or university – in four or more semesters. You’ll take a large number of elective courses as well as core classes (required general education curriculum) and electives in English, the Humanities, Laboratory Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social and Behavioral Science, and Speech.

If you’re a new student and uncertain about your life’s direction, this program offers you time to explore a variety of disciplines. Instead of being an “undecided” or “undeclared” about your major, you’ll have a degree that makes it easier if you decide to transfer.

Because of its flexible nature, the General Studies program is also a strong and affordable option for working students. Whether you apply previous coursework towards your degree or want to explore a career change, you’ll work towards your career goals.


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Program Goals
Arts and Humanities Inquiry 
  • Apply fundamental knowledge, skills, and values to explore the uniquely human ways we experience the world.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas within and across disciplines to address complex questions and problems.

Information Literacy 

  • Access and integrate sources into written, oral, and/or visual media.

Personal and Civic Responsibility

  • Explore and develop understanding of oneself and others, the community, other cultures, and issues of local, national, and global significance..

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Apply fundamental scientific and/or mathematical concepts to investigate, evaluate, and/or to solve problems.

Technological Competency

  • Use the appropriate discipline-specific technologies to complete tasks effectively.

Written and Oral Communication

  • Use writing and speaking skills to communicate effectively. 
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