2017-18 Catalog 
    May 24, 2018  
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of General Studies ∞

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Credit Hours Required: 60

Note:  This program can be completed entirely online. Please note that not all options are offered online.


The Associate of General Studies degree requires the completion 60 credit hours. Students whose career, major, or transfer intent is uncertain may elect to pursue this degree. This degree allows students to uniquely design an associate’s degree with more flexibility in the selection of courses. These courses may be taken from a variety of subject areas with no specific area of emphasis. Students are encouraged to develop their degree plan in conjunction with an academic advisor. Students electing to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities with an AGS degree will have their coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the university to which they transfer. These students may wish to also complete the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) certificate to ensure the acceptance of their general education coursework as a block transfer of general education requirements.

Twenty-eight credit hours of coursework in this degree are concentrated in general education. The general education curriculum of this degree program is divided into three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content orientation of academic disciplines. The intent is to give the student a firm grounding in the processes and content of general education and to facilitate lifelong learning.

Three credit hours of communications coursework and 29 credit hours of major and elective studies are required for this degree.

General Education Requirements (28 credits)

  1. Foundation Studies (9 credits)
    1.   Credits: 6
    2.   Credits: 3
  2. Core Studies (6 credits)
    1.   Credits: 3
    2.   Credits: 3
  3. Area Studies (13 credits)
    1.   Credits: 4
    2. Arts and Humanities AND Behavioral and/or Social Science Credits: 9 -
      Select Option a or b:
      1.   Credits: 3
          Credits: 3
          Credits: 3
      2.   Credits: 6 and
          Credits: 3 OR   Credits: 3

Communication Requirement (3 credits)

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the Communication component of this degree.

Major and Elective Studies (29 credits)

Students who are exploring options related to occupational goals should select 100- or 200-level courses related to that interest. Students who are exploring options related to transfer goals should consider completing one of the associate degrees that fulfill the Arizona General Education Curriculum requirements.

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