This entire degree can be completed online.
The Associate in Arts General Studies Degree is appropriate for students whose primary goal is to earn a two-year college degree. It may be suitable for you if you wish to apply credit by challenge, independent study, CLEP, professional/technical, or military programs to courses not included in the University and College Transfer Degree where applicable.
This degree is not designed to be a transfer degree. It is strongly recommended that students taking the AA General Studies degree and desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university seek the assistance of an advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.
This degree requires a total of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 level or above. At least 25 quarter credits must be earned at Skagit Valley College with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Credits must satisfy requirements listed below.
Courses with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.
1. Communication Skills (13 – 15 cr.)
- English &101 (5 cr.)
- Choose one: Communication Studies &210, &220 or &230; or AESL 105 (5 cr.)
- Choose second course in English (103, 104, 170) or Communications Studies (125, 210, 220 or 230); or AESL 105.
2. Physical Education (3 cr.)
Two courses must be activities.
3. Natural Science/Technologies (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Astronomy; ATA Technologies; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Earth Science; Environmental Conservation 202 or 245; Environmental Science &101; Geology; Mathematics (100-level and above); Natural Science; Nutrition; Oceanography; and Physics
4. Social Sciences (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Accounting; Anthropology; Business Administration; Criminal Justice &101, 110, 111, 112, 130; Early Childhood Education &100; Economics; Education &121, 122, 202; Ethnic Studies 100, 111, 112, 120, 130, 201; Geography; History; International Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Social Science; and Sociology
5. Humanities (15 cr.)
Maximum of 10 credits from one department: Art; Communication Studies 102, 105, 141, 201, 205; Drama; English &112, &113, &114, 115, 202, &220, 233, 234, &236, 239, 247, 250, &254, 283; Ethnic Studies 210; Humanities; Music; Philosophy; and World Languages
6. Electives (27-31 cr.)
In order to accumulate 90 college-level (100 or higher) credits for the degree, you will need elective credits. You may select electives from the distribution list in the Natural Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences, or any other transferable college-level academic courses. A maximum of 45 credits from “gray areas” are allowed in this degree. Professional/Technical credits, credits by examination, independent study, PE activity, DANTES, CLEP, Advanced Placement exams and seminars, workshops are examples of “gray area” credits. Consult your academic advisor or credit evaluator.