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At a Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 – 62 credit hours

  • General Education: 45
  • Major / Concentration: 16

Standard Completion Time

  • 2 Years


  • HLC

General Studies

Why Study General Studies?

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. 

What is your career path?

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.

The following is an example of the Ancilla General Studies Program semester curriculum and is subject to change.

Usual First Semester Courses

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • Computer Literacy
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Course
  • Elective

Usual Second Semester Courses

  • Writing II
  • College Algebra
  • World Literature I  or American Literature I
  • Science Lab Course
  • Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology Course

Usual Third Semester Courses

  • World Literature II  or American Literature II
  • Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology Course
  • Economics, History, Political Science,Psychology or Sociology Course
  • Religion or Philosophy course
  • Elective

Usual Fourth Semester Courses

  • Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology Course
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

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