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General Studies

What is General Studies? 

General Studies is a guided pathway allowing exposure to a variety of subjects andproviding students  flexibility as they move to the baccalaureate level.  Students will take courses across a broad spectrum of fields, emphasizing breadth rather than depth.

Why choose General Studies?

General Studies is an excellent choice for students who are undecided about a major or for those who wish to emphasize the liberal arts. By choosing General Studies, students will have the ability to select from a wide variety of majors later when they pursue their bachelor’s degree programs. Through exposure to numerous fields of study, students will enhance their critical thinking, communication and analytical abilities–all skills employers rate as highly desirable.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Career options available to students in General Studies may be found in:

  • Sales
  • Retail
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Non-profit management
  • Social services
  • Real estate
  • Journalism
  • Logistics
  • Sports and recreation
  • Special event planning
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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