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 and Diplomas section for General Education requirements for the AA, AFA, and AS degrees.


Students will deliver purposeful messages designed to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in an audience's attitudes or behaviors.

Humanities/Fine Arts

Students will identify, assess, and formulate various perspectives of human values and/or creative expressions.
Subject Course Number Title 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

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Students will demonstrate an understanding of social institutions and of the diversity of human experiences within a framework of historical and cultural contexts.

Mathematics/Natural Sciences

Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to solve a defined discipline-specific problem.