General Studies (A.A.)


The Associate of Arts in General Studies at THEARC program provides an interdisciplinary approach to academic learning. Pursuit of the A.A. in General Studies provides students with the opportunity to attain skills and knowledge at the intersection of different academic disciplines in an integrated, coherent program of study. General studies students develop well-trained minds while honing critical thinking and writing skills. General Studies students also enjoy the flexibility to choose focal areas according to their interests and experience. An associate’s degree in General Studies prepares students for many post-degree paths, including employment in the helping professions, human resources, public relations, public policy, and government related fields as well as post graduate degrees in these areas or in general studies, law or business.

All degree programs at THEARC are designed to meet the specific needs of working professionals who balance career, family, and other commitments.  Due to the work/life balance, students attending part-time (2 classes per semester), may complete any associate of arts degree in 3 ½ years.  With increased performance, students may take additional classes and complete requirements sooner.

Students who graduate with an associate’s degree from Trinity at THEARC may pursue a bachelor’s degree from one of the many degree programs offered in SPS at the University’s main campus.

Degree Requirements

Associate of Art’s degree programs at THEARC consist of a ‘core curriculum’ and ‘major degree’ classes.

Core Curriculum

The Associate of Arts degree programs at THEARC require students to fulfill a general studies core (11 general education courses).  All students must take courses in each of the following areas:[catalog-courses]

Skills for Life and Work

  • Writing (3 credits):
    • ENGL 106 Writing for Academic & Profess. Success
  • Communication (6 credits):
    • COM 101 Introduction to Comm. & Public Speaking
    • COM 224 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Numeracy (3 credits):
    • MATH 111 Applied Mathematical Skills
  • Information Literacy (3 credits)
    • INT 117 Introduction to Information Literacy

Understanding Self, Society, and Nature

  • Arts & Humanities (6 credits chosen):
    • HIS 134 American Civilization
  • Social Sciences (9 credits chosen):
    • PSYC 100 Fundamentals of Psychology
    • SOCY 101 Social Issues
  • Scientific Understanding (3 credits):
    • ENVS 102 Science of the Environment
  • Ethics (6 credits):
    • PHIL 252 Practical Ethics
    • PHIL 101 Logic and Problem Solving

General Studies Degree Core

Students in the General Studies Associate of Arts program take the following classes in their major:

  • INT 113 Academic Achievement
  • FNAR 248 Music and Culture
  • POLS 102 Politics and Citizenship
  • RST 289 Comparative Religions
  • INT 290 Capstone Project

General Studies Electives

General Studies majors select four (4) courses to fulfill their electives requirement.  Students may combine courses from several different disciplines; or, students may choose courses within one discipline and develop a concentration in arts and humanities, business, social and behavioral sciences, or early childhood education.

Electives includes but are not limited to the following courses:

  • BADM 100 Fundamentals of Business
  • BADM 230 Marketing Theory and Practice
  • BADM 250 Principles of Management & Leadership
  • ENGL 217 Early African-American Literature
  • HUMR 213 Introduction to Counseling
  • POLS 274 Politics, Literature, and Film
  • PSYC 210 Theories of Social Psychology
  • SOCY 240 Work and Society
  • EDCC 204 Child, Family, Culture and Community
  • EDCC 206 Developing Learning Experiences in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 210 Developing Oral Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 212 Observing, Describing, and Measuring Growth in Early Childhood