College Catalog

General Studies (GS)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This major offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science major. The curriculum is flexible; students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer. (We recommend that students identify the college to which they plan to transfer as soon as possible.) A faculty adviser works with each student to design a course sequence that best meets the student's future plans. Cooperative education options are available to students in General Studies. Courses required for the associate degree in General Studies also are available in the evenings for the convenience of part-time students. Students may be able to complete the courses required for a degree in General Studies by enrolling in evening courses only.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should take a traditional academic program including English literature and composition, mathematics (including at least algebra), social studies, science, and relevant electives.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the General Studies program, the student should have an academic background sufficient to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program and should be able to:

  • apply critical-thinking skills to reason logically and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • explain the inter-relationships among various academic disciplines.
  • demonstrate appreciation for the social, cultural, and natural environments and for diverse cultural beliefs and behaviors.
  • use research skills in both preparation and presentation of written and oral projects.
  • write with the proficiency sufficient to pursue upper-level course work or meet entry-level professional requirements.
  • employ effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • identify a focus for upper-level course work.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTEMath Elective (MTH150 or Higher) 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second SemesterCredits
ENL121English Composition II 3 
MNRMath Elective (MTH152 or Higher) 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
or
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third SemesterCredits
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 1 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth SemesterCredits
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
DIVGeneral Education Diversity Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Most bachelor-degree programs require at least one history course. A World Civilization I and/or II (HIS 115, HIS 125) will satisfy that requirement as well as the diversity requirement.

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