(Effective Fall 2017)

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 ).

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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTE Math Elective (MTH150 or Higher) 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
MNR Math Elective (MTH152 or Higher) 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
DIV General Education Diversity Elective 3  
OEA Open 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.