AS in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies

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Program Description

This flexible program allows a greater choice of electives than many others. Under the guidance of an advisor, students begin initial course work in one or two career fields in which they are interested. At the same time, they complete general education courses required for transfer to upper-division colleges.

They decide their future educational objectives: internal transfer to another MVCC program, or external transfer to a four-year college in their chosen field. This program is ideally suited to students who are unsure of their goals or those who wish to explore career options. Any student admitted to MVCC who is not admitted to a particular curriculum, or who does not elect to enroll in a specific curriculum, will be matriculated as a General Studies student. If students are not ready to enter courses because they lack the necessary background, they are asked to take developmental courses first.

Goals & Outcomes

Goal 1 To prepare graduates to successfully transfer to a four-year institution

  • Graduates of the program transfer to four-year institutions

Goal 2 To prepare students to complete the General Studies program or do an internal transfer to other programs at the college

  • Students complete the General Studies program or transfer to other MVCC programs

Goal 3 To enable students to improve their writing, speaking, reading, and study skills to increase chances for academic, personal, and professional success

  • Students will communicate information and ideas clearly in oral and written form using standard English
  • Students will be able to identify the main ideas and subtleties of simple and complex academic texts and literatures
  • Students will create written discourse using self-expressive, informative, persuasive, and literary aims
  • Students will effectively integrate information from various sources (lecture, text, visual, etc.) for learning and research purposes

Goal 4 To encourage student exploration of courses in potential future majors and career fields

  • Students will complete a broad variety of courses in response to effective academic advisement

Goal 5 To encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and habits of creative inquiry

  • Students will Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work
  • Students will develop well-reasoned arguments

Goal 6 To encourage the cultivation of quantitative problem solving ability

  • Students will develop responses using inductive and deductive reasoning while avoiding fallacies

Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information

First Semester

  • ED100 College Seminar 1.0
  • EN101 English 1: Composition 3.0
  • Core GE Social Science 3.0
  • Mathematics Elective 3.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • PEXXX Physical Education Elective 0.5

Second Semester

  • EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit 3.0
  • Core GE Social Science 3.0
  • Mathematics Elective 3.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • PEXXX Physical Education Elective 0.5

Third Semester

  • EN150 Effective Speech 3.0
  • HI101 History of Civ 1 3.0
  • Science Elective 4.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • PEXXX Physical Education Elective 0.5

Fourth Semester

  • HI102 History of Civ 2 3.0
  • Humanities Elective 3.0
  • Science Elective 4.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • Elective 3.0
  • PEXXX Physical Education Elective 0.5

Note: General Studies is a great option for students who do not yet know what they wish to study. A student’s major can be changed at any time during the time at MVCC.

Last updated January 2018

About the School

Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community’s college, committed to student success thro ... Read More

Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community’s college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment. The College, which spans two campuses – one in Utica and another in Rome – offers 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students. Read less
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