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General Studies (A.A.)


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A.A. Degree

Program Description

General Studies is a flexible program designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution; those who are looking for personal enrichment; and those who are uncertain about their major area of study. With the careful guidance of an academic advisor, students can tailor their studies to best address their objectives.

The General Studies program offers maximum flexibility for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The 30-credit general education core offers courses that transfer smoothly and seamlessly to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and other local colleges and universities.

The large number of open electives enables students to tailor their program to their individual needs and interests.

The degree also offers students the opportunity to explore the entire curriculum and discover a variety of possibilities for future careers.

Students can develop their creativity in literature and arts; explore the potential of technology; expand awareness of global cultures and the human condition; enhance mathematical and scientific reasoning; and refine oral and written communication skills.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Effectively design a plan for successful transfer into to their chosen 4 year major and will be able to make an informed decision in order to choose a proper career path
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and interact (both in writing and orally) with a diverse population.
  3. Apply skills to solve basic technical and mathematical problems.
  4. Demonstrate a critical appreciation for the creative process in art, music, literature, and/or language

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of General Studies Degree, the student must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements.

Areas of Interest

Make the most of your General Studies degree by exploring an area of interest. The General Studies major is designed with maximum flexibility for those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution; those who are looking for personal enrichment; and those who are uncertain about their major area of study. Students are encouraged to use elective opportunities to explore an area of study which interests them. Completing coursework from an area of interest can assist a student with choosing a future degree or career path and can add additional focus to the General Studies degree.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult their transfer institution for guidance regarding maximum transferability of coursework completed at Pennsylvania Highlands. With the careful guidance of an academic advisor, students can tailor their studies to best address their long-term objectives.

Sample areas of interest:

 

Art and Music

ART 101 - Introduction to Art History
ART 105 - Drawing Fundamentals
ART 110 - Introduction to Painting and Sculpting
MUS 100 - Introduction to Music
MUS 200 - Popular American Music in the Twentieth Century
HIS 205 - American Popular Culture

Biological Sciences

BIO 104 - Principles of Biology I AND BIO 114 Principles of Biology I Lab
BIO 106 - Principles of Biology II AND BIO 116 Principles of Biology II Lab
BIO 108 - Forensic Biology AND BIO 118 Forensic Biology Lab
BIO 206 - Microbiology and BIO 216 Microbiology Lab
BIO 207 - Ecology AND BIO217 Ecology Lab
BIO 208 - Genetics AND BIO 218 Genetics Lab
CHM 120 - General Chemistry I
CHM 122 - General Chemistry II
MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics
PHI 240 - Bioethics

Film and Theater

FLM 110 - Introduction to American Cinema
THR 110 - Acting I
THR 200 - Directing I
HIS 205 - American Popular Culture
HIS 250 - World War II through Film

History

HUM 100 - Introduction to Humanities
HIS 200 - American Immigration
HIS 205 - American Popular Culture
HIS 210 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
HIS 220 - The Vietnam War
HIS 250 - World War II through Film

Literature

ENG 230 - Survey of American Literature I
ENG 235 - Survey of American Literature II
ENG 240 - Survey of British Literature I
ENG 245 - Survey of British Literature II
ENG 250 - Women and Literature
ENG 255 - Literature for Children and Adolescents
ENG 260 - Monsters in Literature

ENG 271 – World Literature

Math

MAT 170 - Pre-calculus
MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics
MAT 203 - Foundations of Higher Mathematics
MAT 210 - Calculus I
MAT 220 - Calculus II

MAT 230 - Calculus III

Nanofabrication Technology

CHM 106 - Introductory Chemistry
CHM 110 - Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
PHY102/103 - Concepts of Physics
COM 110 - Interpersonal Communications
ELT 102 - Introduction to Nanofabrication

Office Technology

CIT 110 - Theory of Computing
CIT 102 - Microsoft Access
CIT 103 - Microsoft Excel
CIT 105 - Microsoft PowerPoint
CIT 107 - Microsoft Word

Philosophy and Religion

PHI 100 - Critical Thinking
PHI 110 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 200 - Introduction to Ethics
PHI/PSY 205 - Death and Dying

PHI/BUS 225 - Business Ethics
PHI 240 - Bioethics

REL 100 - World Religions/Religious Studies
REL 200 - Understanding the Bible

REL/PHI 235 - Philosophy of Religion

Technology

CIT 110 - Theory of Computing
CIT132 - Local Area Networks
CIT165 - Hardware Components
CIT173 - Windows Enterprise Desktop Operating Systems
CIT222 - Linux Operating System

Writing

ENG 205 - Research Writing
ENG 215 - Creative Writing
ENG 220 - Business Letter and Report Writing
ENG 225 - Technical Writing

General Education Requirements


Typical Sequence of Courses


Total Credits (14)


Semester II


Total Credits (15)


Semester III


Total Credits (16)


Semester IV


Elective - Humanities (Track 1 or Track 2)
Elective - Social Science (Track 2)
Elective - Open
Elective - Open
Elective - Open

Total Credits (15)


Minimum credits to earn A.A. degree: 60


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