Explore your academic interests across multiple disciplines with a major in general studies at Dean College.

In today’s ever-changing world, the ability to synthesize information and solve complex problems is in great demand. With a major in general studies from Dean College, you’ll have the flexible mindset and broad perspective that employers prize. 

Program Overview

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. 

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you’ll focus your coursework around a multidisciplinary or theme-based area of study. Examples include:

  • American Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • Race and Society
  • Arts and Social Change
  • Family Studies

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. 

Beyond the 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 enter graduate or professional school or launch a rewarding career in any field. Our graduates go on to careers in business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, human resources and many more. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our General Studies program best of breed? 

  • 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 

Degree Offerings

  • Associate Degree*

*The course listing below is based on the Associate Degree program.

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
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities 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 2019-20