General Studies Degree (GS)

If your career and educational goals are not yet firmly defined, the General Studies program provides a flexible curriculum allowing you to explore many different disciplines.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

    MAT096 or placement
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
FYE 101 First Year Seminar

3

    ENG096, RDG096, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Elective

2/3

    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  Science Elective

3/4

    Note: See above Science Electives
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
  Business Elective

3

    Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Literature Elective

3

    Electives: ENG201, 203, 205, 210, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 237, 259, 260, 261, 265
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
  Health Elective

3

    Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
  General Elective

3

    Note: See above General Electives
ISC220 Service Learning Initiative Capstone

3

    Prerequisites: ENG102, one behavioral social science, completion of 45 credits

Note: Capstone Course

                                                Total: 62/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this degree can be completed online, or during the day or evening at the Gardner, Leominster, or Devens Campuses.

Helpful hints: General Studies is a good alternative if you have not decided on a career or transfer program. However, once you have decided, it is suggested that you change your program of study as soon as possible.

Transfer options: For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

General Studies students interested in transferring should consider changing their program of study to one of the Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) Degree programs. LAS allows students to explore different disciplines while taking courses that transfer. Consult with your advisor for more information.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential: Varies according to industry.

Program Competencies for GS

Program Competencies are those outcomes outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness and Learning Outcomes Assessment section.

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure and clear understanding of the various disciplines and the proper foundation to pursue a variety of career choices.

Technical Standards for GS, GSAH and AHC

  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.