May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022) 
  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022)

General Studies, A.A.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Undergraduate Academic Programs

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AA-Gen) degree provides a foundation of critical, creative, and reflective thinking that emphasizes the ability to communicate effectively within a variety of groups and contexts and focuses on self-insight and self-advocacy. This program is intended for those who are college capable but unsure of their precise interest. This degree provides opportunities to explore new fields, test perspectives, and gain practical experience in interest areas.

The A.A. in General Studies includes the completion of the Landmark College general education program plus elective choices focused on an area of interest. Each student will choose an area of concentration to explore potential interests. An internship in this area of interest is strongly recommended. The program culminates with the production of a portfolio that represents their work and learning to date and an essay that helps them to define their career and/or college aspirations. These assessments will help students navigate their next steps toward work or college programs.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in General Studies, students will be able to:

  • Draw on knowledge to engage ethically and responsibly in a diverse world.
  • Use and express critical, creative, and reflective thinking.
  • Communicate effectively within a variety of groups and contexts.
  • Demonstrate self-insight and a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Create an action plan that defines a direction forward after the completion of the degree.

To earn the A.A. in General Studies degree, students must complete 60 credits:

  • 34 major required courses
    • 3 major required credits
    • 31 major required credits that also count toward general education
  • 15 credits to complete a declared concentration
  • 11 credits of open electives

General Studies Major Requirements: 34 credits


Concentration: 15 credits


A concentration focuses on an area of interest that a student wishes to explore. A concentration could include pre-requisite course work that articulates with a Landmark College bachelor’s degree. A completed concentration is noted on a student’s degree transcript and serves as further demonstration of a student’s intellectual persistence and dedication to a particular academic discipline. (See sections on concentrations for more information)

11 credits in Open Electives


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Undergraduate Academic Programs