General Studies

indiana liberal arts degreeGeneral Studies (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science)

The General Studies degree is the most flexible, open format to pursue your education with a degree that will transfer anywhere. The General Studies program is an interdisciplinary degree based on Ancilla’s solid general education Core, plus courses of your choosing. Based on your interests and the type of degree you want to pursue, you will get individualized help from one of our advisors to determine the best courses needed to meet your goals.

Why create your own degree?

This program will offer you new ways to integrate new knowledge, learn to solve problems, define your own value system and explore others. Use the General Studies program to build a broad range of knowledge and skills you will need for future academic work or direct application in today’s workforce. You will be challenged by the General Studies program, and you will get the help needed to meet that challenge.

You will be asked to explore and compare fields like communications, history, humanities, math and science, and reapply your knowledge in new ways. You will increase your reading skills, build new writing proficiency, engage in research, develop discussion skills, and sharpen the ability to think critically, question, and make decisions in a changing world.

After graduation from Ancilla, the general studies student would typically transfer into a senior institution to major in a distinct discipline, with this Ancilla course work serving as the majority of the general education requirements of the transfer institution.

The General Studies program consists of 42 required credits and allows for 18 elective credits in areas of the student’s choice.  The following four-term course plan demonstrates the requirements and the opportunities this program provides.

First Semester

HUM 101 Freshman Seminar –  1 credit hour
ENGL 110 Writing I  -  3 cr. hrs.
COMM 115 Public Speaking -  3 cr. hrs.
CS 135 Computer Literacy -  3 cr. hrs.
Humanities or Fine Arts Course* -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.

Second Semester

ENGL 212 Writing II -  3 cr. hrs.
MATH 110 College Algebra -  3 cr. hrs.
ENGL 220 World Literature I  or ENGL 222 American Literature I –  3 cr. hrs.
Science Lab Course  -  5 cr. hrs.
Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Course*** -  3 cr. hrs.

Third Semester

ENGL 221 World Literature II  or  ENGL 223 American Literature II   –  3 cr. hrs.
an Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Course*** -  3 cr. hrs.
an Economics, History, Political Science,Psychology, or Sociology Course*** -  3 cr. hrs.
a Religion or Philosophy course -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.

Fourth Semester

an Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Course***  -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.
Elective** -  3 cr. hrs.

General Elective Requirements: 17 credit hours
General Education Requirements: 45 credit hours
ASSOCIATE DEGREE TOTAL: 62 credit hours

*Three areas must be represented from Humanities, Fine Arts, Religion or Philosophy.
**Any college level course with advisor approval. Classes must total at least 17 credit hours.
***Three areas must be represented from Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Note:  A literature sequence must be taken (either ENGL220 and ENGL221 or ENGL222 and ENGL223