General Education for AAS Degrees


The General Education component of all AAS degrees provides students with a knowledge base of historical, societal, and environmental contexts for succeeding in the changing global community. The General Educa­tion component represents a full spectrum of commu­nication, humanities and fine arts, social and behav­ioral sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics courses.

General education courses facilitate student acqui­sition and sharing of knowledge, encourage social interaction, and promote an educated citizenry. General education courses also develop broad, cross-curriculum knowledge and skill sets that prepare the student to successfully master the challenges of post-graduation endeavors.

General Education Outcomes Assessment

Upon successful completion of an AAS degree, the student will demonstrate competency in four General Education Outcomes. Each outcome is assessed in several General Education courses. General Education Outcomes and the courses where these outcomes are assessed follow. Note that additional General Educa­tion courses beyond those listed here may be required by individual programs. See individual program re­quirements for further details. See the General Educa­tion for Transfer Degrees section for General Education requirements for the AA, AFA, and AS degrees.


Course options for Communication
Subject Course Number Course Credit Hours
COM 110 Introduction to Communication 3
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 140 Intro to Intercultural Communication 3
COM 231 Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Freshman Composition 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Discipline 3
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting 3

Humanities/Fine Arts

Students will appraise meaning contained in significant humanistic and artistic expressions.

Course options for Humanities/Fine Arts
Subject Course Number Course Credit Hours
ART 111 Art Appreciation 3
ART 114 Art History Survey I 3
HUM 110 Technology and Society 3
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3
HUM 120 Cultural Studies 3
HUM 160 Introduction to Film 3
MUS 110 Music Appreciation 3
MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz 3
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues 3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics 3
110 World Religions 3

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Students will critically analyze information from the social and historical perspectives to determine their place in society.

Course options for Social/Behavioral Science
Subject Course Number Course Credit Hours
ANT 210 General Anthropology 3
ANT 240 Archaeology 3
ECO 151 Survey of Economics 3
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
HIS 111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS 112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS 131 American History I 3
HIS 132 American History II 3
POL 120 American Government 3
PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 213 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC 220 Social Problems 3
SOC 225 Social Diversity 3
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Total Required Hours