Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree is not designed for students seeking to transfer to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who are working and need a degree and specific skills for their current job or a job upgrade. Students should work closely with their advisor to determine the appropriate electives to take for this degree.

Students must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average or better and must complete at least 15 hours at ASU-Beebe to graduate.  

Area of Study

Arts and Humanities



Total Program

60 Credit Hours

University Requirement—1 OR 3 Credit Hours

University—1  or 3 Credit Hours Department
UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I University
UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III University
The 3-hour credit course is required for students who must take at least one remedial course. Students who are not required to take a remedial course may take the 3-hour credit course. In both situations, the courses (1-hour or 3- hour) count toward electives. 

General Education Core—29 Credit Hours

Communications—9 Credit Hours Department
Student must take ENG 1003. Choose one from ENG 1013 or 2033. Then choose one from BSYS 2563 or SPCH 1203.
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
ENG 2033 Technical Writing and Communication English
BSYS 2563 Business Communication Business Systems
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech


Fine Arts/Humanities—3 Credit Hours Department
Choose one from list.
ART 2503 Fine Arts-Visual Art
MUS 2503 Fine Arts-Musical Music
THEA 2503 Fine Arts-Theatre Theatre
THEA 2513 Fine Arts-Film Theatre
HUM 2003 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece and Rome Humanities
HUM 2013 Introduction to Humanities II: Europe Humanities
 Physical Education 1 Credit Hour   Choose an activity course from PE Physical Education 
Mathematics—3 Credit Hours Department
 Students may take a math course higher than MATH 1043.
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy Mathematics


Lab Science—4 Credit Hours. Department
Choose one course with a lab from the following departments. 
BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education Biological Science
BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology Biological Science
BIOL 1024 Ecology Biological Science
CHEM 1014 General Chemistry I Chemistry
ESCI 1004 Introduction to Environmental Science Environmental Science
PHSC 1204 Physical Science Physical Science
PHSC 1304 Earth Science Physical Science
U.S. History/Government—3 Credit Hours. Department
Choose one from list. 
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science
HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2773 The United States Since 1876 History
Computer Information Systems—3 Credit Hours. Department
 Choose one from list.
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems
CIS 2453 Microcomputer Applications II Computer Information Systems
CST 1104 Introduction to Computer Hardware/Software Computer Systems and Networking Technology

Electives—34 Credit Hours

Directed Electives—3 Credit Hours. Department
 Choose one course from the following departments.
ACCT 2003 Principles of Accounting I Accounting
ACCT 2013 Principles of Accounting II Accounting
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems
CIS 2453 Microcomputer Applications II Computer Information Systems
ECON 2313 Principles of Macroeconomics Economics
ECON 2323 Principles of Microeconomics Economics
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology Psychology
PSY 2533 Life-span Development (formerly Developmental Psychology) Human Growth and Development Psychology
PSY 2553 Sensation and Perception Psychology
Electives—31 Credit Hours Department

The 31 hours of electives may be taken from any department. Courses taken as part of the core may not be used as electives. UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I or UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III may be used as an elective even if the student was required to take the course because of remedial requirements, OR if the student elects to take it.


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