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Associate in Science
Contact Person: Peter Patsouris- 860-215-9462

The General Studies Associate in Science degree program is designed primarily for those individuals whose special interests cannot be accommodated within a Liberal Arts degree program or for those who wish to develop a broader base of knowledge for intellectual stimulation and personal growth. With more open electives and fewer required courses than the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, the General Studies degree offers greater flexibility for individual interest and needs. This program can also be suitable for transfer to a four-year institution, but more care and guidance in choosing electives will be necessary. Students interested in using the General Studies degree for transfer are advised to check carefully the specific requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer. With the assistance of an academic advisor, the student may create a program of study suitable either as a foundation to transfer to a four-year college or as preparation for particular self-defined goals.



Course ID Title of Course
ENG* K101° Composition
ENG* K102° Literature and Composition
COM* K173° Public Speaking
or+ or+
COM* K109 Speech Practice
IDS K105 First Year Experience or First Year Experience Equivalent
MAT* K1XX Any 100 level MAT course
or or
Higher MAT _______________________________
Arts Elective (Any course in art, graphic arts, theater, creative writing, ANT* K136/MUS* K104 Music Cultures of the World, or ARC* K102 Architecture of the World)
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Social Sciences Electives: (One course must be history. The other two may be chosen from: anthropology, economics, geography, history, international studies, political science, psychology, sociology, social sciences, the following courses: CJS* K101, K102, K121, K201, K202, K210, K211, K213, K217, K242, K250, K253, K294; ECE K182, K215; all human services courses except HSE* K281 Practicum).
HIS*______ _______________________________
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Natural Sciences Elective: (Courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, ecology, ENV* K101 Environmental Studies, geology, marine science, nutrition, oceanography, physics, and SCI* K250 Process and Inquiry of Natural Science. Does NOT include HLT* K155 Personal Health).
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Advanced Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives: (Any 200 course in art, foreign languages, graphic arts, literature, philosophy, COM* K291, COM* K292, theater, creative writing, natural sciences, social sciences (except HIS* K201 and HIS* K202), math, CJS* K201, K202, K210, K211, K213, K217, K242, K250, K253, K294; ECE* K215).
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Open Electives    Open electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor with
no more than 15 hours selected from any one subject area.

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° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 
+ It is important to note that no fewer than 61 credits are needed to complete the degree. If the one credit speech option is selected, students must be careful to take two four-credit courses somewhere in the program or take an extra course.
Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year institution should check with their advisors, their future schools, or refer to the Selecting Electives list regarding General Education Requirements.
First Year Experience course equivalents are Perspectives in Criminal Justice (CJS* K100) and Perspectives in Nursing (NUR* K108).

In selecting courses, each student must fulfill the following requirements:

International/Intercultural Requirement
All degree-seeking students must complete one course which emphasizes a global, cross-cultural or multi-cultural perspective and encourages students to think beyond the boundaries of traditional Western European cultural perspectives.

Courses which satisfy this requirement are:

ANT* K105 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ANT* K136/MUS* K104 Music Cultures of the World
ANT* K230 Indigenous Peoples of the World
ARC* K102 Architecture of the World
BIO* K180/ENV* K101 Principles of Environmental Science/Environmental Studies
CJS* K198 Special Topics: Intro to Terrorism and Homeland Security
COM* K202 Intercultural Communication
ENG* K240 Studies in World Literature
ENG* K250 Studies in Ethnic Literature
ENG* K261 Women Writers Across Cultures
ENV* K101/BIO* K180 Environmental Studies/Principles of Environmental Science
GEO* K111 World Regional Geography
HIS* K121 World Civilization I
HIS* K122 World Civilization II
HIS* K218 African American History
HIS* K244 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS* K257 War & Society in World Civilizations
HIS* K271 Modern Asia
MUS* K104/ANT* K136 Music Cultures of the World
PHL* K151 World Religions
POL* K103 Intro to International Relations
SOC* K103 Social Problems
SOC* K220 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
SPA* K111 Elementary Spanish I
SPA* K112 Elementary Spanish II
SPA* K211 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA* K212 Intermediate Spanish II
SSC* K210 World Issues


Oral Communication Requirement
All degree-seeking students must complete one course to develop competency in oral communication; the courses which meet this requirement are:
COM* K109 Speech Practice  1 credit
COM* K173 Public Speaking   3 credits

These requirements do not increase the total number of credits needed to complete the degree; they can be met within the 60-61 credits of the degree program by choosing appropriate electives.

General Studies, Associate Degree Program
Outcomes and Statement of Core Values

Three Rivers Community College is committed to the belief that the best preparation for life, and especially for careers that require specialized training, is a broad acquaintance with human knowledge. The General Studies degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to explore knowledge from multiple perspectives. Students are challenged to become intellectually curious, aesthetically aware and critically perceptive, and to develop their communicative and quantitative skills. Through the study of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, the General Studies degree program gives students the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace and the foundation necessary for lifelong learning and personal growth.

Students completing the general Studies program will develop the ability to:

                            think critically and creatively
                            work collaboratively as well as independently
                            communicate effectively both in speaking and in writing
                            reason quantitatively as well as verbally
                            value artistic expression
                            • move beyond a narrow focus and recognize broader historical,
                             cultural, global and scientific perspectives.
                            understand and reflect searchingly upon one's values and the
                             values of others.

General education and career education are interactive components. They enrich each other by helping students to make career choices in keeping with their understanding of themselves and their world. Together, they provide the skills and perspectives that make possible the dignity of work and social contribution. They cultivate a framework of meaning, value, ethical purpose and commitment that enrich every aspect of life. They foster an attitude of critical inquiry, curiosity, openness and wonder that enables a spirit of lifelong learning.