General Studies, Associate of Science -OR- Associate of Arts

The most flexible and open format to pursue your education with a degree that will transfer anywhere.

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.

Now available, a two-semester Statewide Transfer General Education Core Certificate. Learn more on this page.

A Word from an Ancilla General Studies Graduate

Suggested Schedule of Classes

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

General Elective Requirements: 16 credit hours

General Education Requirements: 45 credit hours

ASSOCIATE DEGREE TOTAL: 60-62 credit hours

Statewide Transfer General Education Core Certificate

In 2012 the Indiana legislature established the requirements for a Statewide Transfer General Education Core of at least 30 credit hours. The Transfer Core is based upon a set of competencies in areas agreed upon by the educational institutions.  This certificate is part of a pathway program leading to the associate’s degree.

The goal of the Statewide Transfer General Education Core is to provide a set of courses that are accepted for transfer across the state by each public educational institution.  These courses are categorized in the Ancilla general education core requirements.

Suggested Classes for Statewide Transfer General Education Core Certificates Semester I

  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • College Algebra
  • Prin of Biology I


Suggested Classes for Statewide Transfer General Education Core Certificates Semester II

  • Music Appreciation
  • American Lit since 1865
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • US History since 1877


                     Total Credits Required for Certificate………………………………………… 31-32 credits

General Studies Medical Assisting Track

New fall 2016, you can now major in general studies, but with a Medical Assisting Track (MAST). Your curriculum will look as follows:


AS – General Studies (Medical Assisting Track)Effective Fall 2016
Student:ID:60-62 Credits
General Education Requirements
Written & Oral CommunicationsCr HrTrnfrGradeCurrentNeeded9 cr hrs
ENGL 110Writing I3
ENGL 212Writing II3
COMM 115Public Speaking3
Freshman Course1 cr hr
HUM 101Freshman Seminar (1)  OR1
HUM 102Freshman Foundations (1/3)
Humanities & Fine Arts – 2 departments must be represented6 cr hrs
Choose from: Art/Music, Literature, Religion, Ethics, Philosophy, Theology or a Foreign Language                                                                                                      6 cr hrs
Social/Behavioral Science – 3 departments must be represented:  HIST, PSCI, PSY, SOC, or ECON9 cr hrs
Mathematics, Science, and Technology14-16 cr hrs
Laboratory Science – Choose two Four(4) cr hr Lab Science courses8 cr hrs
BIOL 252Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 254Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Mathematics – MATH 110 (College Algebra) or higher 3-5 cr hrs
Technology 3 cr hrs
CIS 135Computer Literacy3
General Electives – Choose 21 credit hours or more21 cr hrs
HLTH 161Introduction to Pharmacology1Required electives for the Medical Assisting Track plus 7 credit hours of general electives.
HLTH 250Medical Terminology1
MAST 100Adminstrative Medical Assistant3
MAST 101Clinical Medical Assistant5
MAST 102Administrative Practicum2
MAST 103Clinical Medical Practicum2