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General Studies (GSAAS)

Program Details

Metropolitan Community College offers a General Studies (GSAAS) program that awards the Associate in Applied Science Degree. The degree’s curriculum focuses primarily on general education and career areas. Students within the program have a high level of customization and flexibility regarding course selection. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor or counselor to determine the appropriate course of study that is tailored to their specific interests.  The program is delivered through a hybrid format of both traditional and online courses.

Students must complete a total of 96-99 credit hours to become eligible for graduation. The total credits are divided into 42-45 general education, 36 major requirement, and 18 elective credits. The program and its required credits may be completed within two years as a full time student.

The general education courses within the program provide students with a broad foundational knowledge and the essential career skills for future occupations.  Courses should provide students with hands-on experience for both personal and professional success. Within the program’s general education courses, students are taught the principles of becoming a productive individual, contributing team member and a lifelong learning student. The general education credits are further divided into 13.5 communication, 4.5 social sciences, 6 natural sciences, 4.5-7.5 quantitative/numeracy skills, 4.5 humanities, 9 other credits.

The major requirement courses will provide advanced education within a variety of core subjects. MCC offers students the option of choosing their own major requirement courses. However, the 36 credits must be completed within courses with a maximum of two prefixes.

There are also option requirements for the general studies program. These options allow students to customize interests into an associate degree program. For instance, the Cultural Studies option allows the prefixes GEOG, HIST, SOCI, ENGL, PHIL and foreign languages to be considered as one prefix. There are also options for Management, Science/Health, and Visual Arts.

MCC provides a list of associate transfer agreements with four-year institutions. All courses that are recommended for the program should be completed before transferring. It should be known that there is no guarantee for the admission to a four-year institution after the completion of the Associate-Bachelors Transfer degree.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission