General Studies

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in General Studies
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Faculty Contact
Cynthia Stiller: 313-845-6494,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140

Program Description


Completion of course work in the General Studies Associate degree signifies that the student is broadly educated in the major divisions of higher learning: humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and fine arts. The student has acquired methods of study and habits of thought which are demonstrated by an ability to analyze problems, make appropriate value judgments, and express conclusions in cogent style. The student devotes a portion of study within at least one career education course to explore career, employment, or other educational advancement opportunities.

Students in the General Studies Associate Degree should select electives to reflect both the student’s interests and the requirements of the intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the transfer guide sheets located in the University, Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Civil Society and Culture: Compare and contrast the United States with other nations or world regions, addressing social (economic, political and cultural) issues, patterns of diversity, or aspects of inequality.
  2. Communication: Effectively communicate ideas appropriate to their discipline using Standard English, through written and verbal communication.
  3. Computer Technology: Demonstrate skills for computer technology, including internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments.
  4. Critical Thinking/Information Literacy: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and identify the need for research to draw conclusions, formulate inferences, solve problems and make decisions. Students will also demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, selecting, organizing, synthesizing, and ethically documenting information from multiple sources using both informal and formal formats, as appropriate for diverse writing situations.
  5. Quantitative Literacy: Apply quantitative skills to analyze situations and make decisions in a variety of contexts.

Related Articulation Agreements

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major - Applied 3+1 agreement with Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major - Curriculum 3+1 agreement with Eastern Michigan University

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines.
Category 7
Complete any additional General Education course to meet the 30 hour General Education requirement.
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
Course name Credit Hours

Career Education: Complete one course from any of the following areas:

  • Business and Computer Technology: Accounting (BAC), Business Administration (BBA), Business Cooperative Education (BCO), Business Law (BLW), Business Math (BMA), Business Computer Application (BCA), Economics (BEC), Finance and Investing (BFN), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Networking (CNT), Hospitality (HOSP), Management (MGT), or Paralegal (PLGL).

  • Health Sciences: Allied Health (AH), Health Care (HCS), Emergency Medical Services (EMT), Health Information Technology (HIT), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Nursing (NSG), Ophthalmic Technician (OPT), Pharmacy Technician (PHT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Radiography (RAD), Respiratory Therapy (RTH), or Surgical Technology (SRG).

  • Industrial Technology: Architecture/Construction Trades (ACT), Automotive (AUTO), Center for Innovative Manufacturing Education classes (Electricity/Electronics (CIMEL), Hydraulics/Pneumatics (CIMHP), Manufacturing Machine Tool (CIMMT), Manufacturing Drafting/CAD (CIMPR), Trade & Apprenticeship (CIMTA), Welding (CIMWD)), Industrial Drafting (DRAF), Electrical/Electronics (ELEC), Energy Technology (ENT), Maintenance Trades (MFMT), Industrial Cooperative Education (ICO), Renewable Energy (REEN), Trade and Apprentice Education (TAE), TAE Electrical (TAEL), TAE Foundation (TAFD), TAE Fluid Power (TAFP), TAE Graphic Design (TAGD), TAE Industrial Materials (TAIM), TAE Journey Person (TAJP), TAE Mathematics (TAMA), TAE Material Joining (TAMJ), TAE Manufacturing (TAMN), TAE Maintenance Technology (TAMT), TAE Process Instrumentation (TAPI), TAE Plumbing/Pipefitting (TAPP), or TAE Sheet Metal (TASM).

Credit Hours: 1

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, courses to complete the requirements for this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours