Certificate of General Studies

The Certificate of General Studies is a one-year award (31 hours) designed to provide recognition of the completion of a body of knowledge in general education and to serve as an intermediate step toward an Associate of Arts degree and/or to recognize as a "completer" a student who has successfully completed a significant number of courses in general education but does not intend to complete an Associate of Arts degree.

Area of Study

Arts and Humanities



Total Program

31 Credit Hours

The fourth digit in the course number indicates the number of credit hours.

Communications—9 Credit Hours Department
Students may choose ENG 1003 and ENG 1013 or ENG 2033 and SPCH 1203. 
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
ENG 2033 Technical Writing and Communication English
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
Mathematics—3 Credit Hours Department
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy Mathematics
Lab Science—4 Credit Hours Department
 Choose one course with a lab from the following courses
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
Psychology/Sociology—3 Credit Hours Department
 Choose one course from the following departments.
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology Psychology
SOC 2213 Principles of Sociology Sociology
Social Sciences Elective—3 Credit Hours Department
Select one Social Science course from the following departments that have not been used.
HIST 1013 World Civilization to 1660 History
HIST 1023 World Civilization since 1660 History
HIST 2083 History of Arkansas History
HIST 2093 Russian History History
HIST 2263 A Survey of Asian History History
HIST 2273 A Survey of African History History
HIST 2283 American Military History History
HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2773 The United States Since 1876 History
HIST 2893 American Minorities History
SOC 2213 Principles of Sociology Sociology
SOC 2223 Social Problems Sociology
SOC 2233 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Sociology
SOC 2263 Comparative Religions Sociology
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science
POSC 2203 State and Local Government Political Science
POSC 2213 Legal Aspects of Environmental Management Political Science
POSC 2323 Principles of International Relations Political Science
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
GEOG 1233 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Geography
GEOG 2603 World Regional Geography Geography
GEOG 2613 Introduction to Geography Geography

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