Take charge of your education and design your own course of study. With a major in General Studies, you can customize your experience by choosing courses across the disciplines.

Program Overview

If you have multiple interests or are unsure of what you want to study, the General Studies program might be for you.

Dean College offers an associate degree in General Studies to give you a broad introduction to a wide variety of subject interests. Take courses in the core curriculum to develop foundational skills, then design your own course of study with classes from the liberal arts or one discipline area. You’ll also have plenty of electives to explore your interests and round out your curriculum.

Throughout your studies, you’ll draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives to develop a nuanced understanding of the world. You’ll develop a flexible mindset along with the power to think critically, solve problems, synthesize information and make decisions. And you’ll prepare to succeed, no matter what your future holds.

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School of Liberal Arts Faculty

Gain valuable insights from our School of Liberal Arts faculty, who are here to help you every step of the way.

General Studies Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
INTRODUCTORY COURSE Introductory Course to Major 3
MAJOR ELECTIVES Credits from one discipline area or from the liberal arts elective list 12
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
Total Credits 18

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
Total Credits 28

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 15
Total Credits 15

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College classroom At Dean College, some of the most important learning experiences happen outside the classroom.

Whether benefiting from the wisdom of a guest speaker or visiting lecturer offering career advice or applying skills to real-life challenges during internships, you can look forward to learning by listening, doing and observing.

When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to continue your education in a bachelor’s degree program or enter directly into the workforce. Our graduates go on to careers in business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, human resources and much more. No matter what route you choose, you’ll have the confidence, knowledge and skills employers are looking for.

Uniquely Dean

Dean College students studying in the library Discover the unique programming that the Dean College General Studies program has to offer.
  • Design your own course of study to align with your interests and career goals.
  • Practice your skills in a real-world environment.
  • Learn from working professionals who visit campus to share their experiences and offer advice and counsel.
  • Apply your skill set to real-life challenges during internships.
  • Learn from experienced faculty and staff. Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.