2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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General Studies (A.A.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Jessica Lewis, Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Wagner Hall 251

Randi Anderson, Advisor
Pugsley Center 303M

Program Information

The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies provides a foundation of general education courses at the university level supporting bachelor’s degree programs, lifelong learning, leadership, service, and careers requiring general education coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Associate of Arts in of General Studies will be able to:

  • identify and clarify personal values that promote growth and development related to professional career goals;
  • discuss civic knowledge and engagement that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community;
  • articulate increased awareness of inclusion;
  • possess skills to effectively deliver formal and informal oral presentations; and  
  • construct effective written messages in various formats and styles to a variety of audiences.

Course Delivery Format

Students will have the ability to complete the associate of arts in General Studies online, on main campus, or through an attendance center (Capital University Center, University Center - Sioux Falls, or Black Hills State University - Rapid City).

Requirements for General Studies Major: 60 Credits

Associate of Arts in General Studies 

System General Education Requirements

*Three additional credits selected from approved list of courses for Goals #3, #4, or #6 to reach 24 System General Education Requirements for the Associate Degree.


Total Required Credits: 60

Summary of Program Requirements

Associate of Arts in General Studies

System General Education Requirements 24 Credit Hours
Electives 36 Credit Hours

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.