The Associate of Arts General Studies Degree is appropriate for students whose primary goal is to earn a two-year college degree. It may be suitable for you if you wish to apply credit by challenge, independent study, CLEP, professional/technical, or military programs to courses not included in the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) where applicable.
This degree is not designed to be a transfer degree. It is strongly recommended that students taking the AA General Studies degree and desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university seek the assistance of an advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the General Studies AA- program will be able to:
Natural Sciences Outcomes
- Demonstrate scientific literacy in terms of methodology, terminology, and fundamental concepts underlying at least one natural system.
- Analyze data and interpret the results from scientific investigations.
- Evaluate conclusions from scientific modeling, experimentation, or science-related articles.
- Apply mathematics and computational thinking to critically evaluate and solve problems in the natural world.
Social Sciences Outcomes
- Understanding the range of methods by which the social sciences study individuals, cultures, and societies.
- Rigorously apply concepts and tools from the social sciences to explain or analyze a social phenomenon, process, event, conflict, or issue.
- Objectively identify the social variables, structures, and experiences that shape an individual’s point of view, including one’s own.
- Recognize the nature of power and privilege.
- Evaluate and apply disciplinary approaches in the context of creative expression and human experience.
- Analyze and interpret personal, societal, and/or historical experiences that interact with aesthetic values.
- Engage and interact effectively with diverse audiences using the discourse of a given discipline.
This degree requires a total of 90 credits in courses numbered 100-level or above. At least 25 quarter college-level credits must be earned at Skagit Valley College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Credits must satisfy requirements listed below.
Course with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.
1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)
2. Communication Skills (13-15 cr.)
3. Physical Education (3 cr.)
Two credits must be activities.
4. Natural Science/Technologies (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Astronomy, ATA Technologies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Conservation 202 , Environmental Science &101 , Geology, Mathematics (100-level and above), Natural Science, Nutrition, Oceanography, Physics
5. Social Sciences (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Administration, Computer Science 101 , Criminal Justice &101 , CJ& 105 , CJ& 110 , CJ 111 , CJ& 106 , Early Childhood Education &100 , ECED& 105 , Economics, EDUC& 115 , EDUC& 122 , EDUC& 202 , Ethnic Studies 100 , ETHNC 111 , Geography, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology.
6. Humanities (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Art, Communication Studies 102 , CMST 105 , CMST 141 , CMST 201 , CMST 205 , CMST& 220 , Drama, English &112 , ENGL& 113 , ENGL 115 , ENGL 120 , ENGL 202 , ENGL& 220 , ENGL& 236 , ENGL 239 , ENGL 250 , ENGL& 254 , ENGL 283 , Humanities, Music, Philosophy, and World Languages
7. Electives (25-29 cr.)
In order to accumulate 90 college-level (100 or higher) credits for the degree, you will need elective credits. You may select electives from the distribution list in the Natural Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences, or any other transferable college-level academic courses. A maximum of 45 credits from “gray areas ” are allowed in this degree. Professional/ technical credits, credits by examination, independent study, PE activity credits beyond two credits, military credits, DANTES, CLEP, Advanced Placement exams and seminars, workshops are examples of “gray area ” credits. Consult your academic advisor or credit evaluator.