General Studies Career or Transfer

Degree offered

Associate in Arts or Associate in Science in General Studies (Career or Transfer)

Credits required 60

Dean

William Berardi, william.berardi@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Carol Martin, Coordinator of General Studies and Professor of Office Administration, carol.martin@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: GS

Program Goals Statement

The General Studies program is ideal for students who want to explore various fields of study and/or career options.  As an undecided freshman, it allows you to mold your class schedule to try a wide variety of subjects that you find interesting.  Students who have a very specific goal in mind for their future can take classes that fir their goals.  General Studies is perfect for students who wish to create their own disciplinary program and not be limited to the programs available through the College.

Program Information

  • Learn how to think critically, communicate effectively, and pull together knowledge from many disciplines-- skills you will need to be successful in almost any career. 
  • Students will acquire a broad-based education.
  • General Studies can be perfect for students who use its lack of structure to their advantage and mold it to their individual needs. 

After BCC

  • Graduates receive an excellent preparation to continue education and achieve a bachelor's degree. 
  • Graduates continue school in a variety of disciplines, including art, media arts, public relations, entertainment, sales, law enforcement, law school, health professions, and other graduate programs. 
  • Students may seek employment in a variety of fields. 

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one of the following

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Science Elective

3-4 credits

Multicultural Perspective Elective

3 credits

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Elective

3-4 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

0-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-14
  • Science elective:  Choose from transfer electives and elective recommendations.
  • Technical Literacy: Waived for students who have successfully completed two (2) online courses. See General Education Competency courses -Technical Literacy for course listings.
  • Multicultural Perspective: See General Education Competency courses - Multicultural Perspective for course listings.
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning: See General Education Competency courses - Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning  for course listings.

Program Electives

Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.

Students should complete the required 24 credits as early as possible.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: When you meet with your advisor, discuss choosing electives to satisfy the MassTransfer General Education (Gen Ed) Foundation. The Gen Ed Foundation are a set of courses (34 credits) that is accepted at all Massachusetts Community Colleges, State Universities and University of Massachusetts campuses. (For more information see: http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/gened/home.asp)

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

Elective

3 credits

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Elective

3-4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

History Elective

3 credits

Students should complete required developmental courses without delay.

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Free Elective

3 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

Multicultural Perspective Elective

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Or

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Or

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

Electives

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Electives

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

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