Apr 13, 2021  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog

General Studies: AA

Associate of Arts | 61 credits minimum

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
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Program Description
The General Studies Associate of Arts degree is a flexible transfer program that is designed for students who complete or test out of a two-semester foreign language series and either have not decided upon a major or need to customize their courses for transfer to a specific baccalaureate degree program. Students who have not yet chosen a major are encouraged to explore their interests by selecting courses from a variety of disciplines. Students who have identified a future major may select classes that satisfy specific prerequisite and pre-major requirements for their intended baccalaureate degree. Since different universities have different degree requirements, students are encouraged to select appropriate courses that will satisfy requirements at their anticipated transfer institution.

The General Studies Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 61 semester hours of transferable credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better (2.5 or better is recommended). The AA degree also requires successful completion of any language course at the 1020 level or higher as part of the 27 credits beyond general education. These courses are listed as (LN). This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking the second-year courses 2010 and/or 2020 or through experiential language credit options.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information, also available at www.slcc.edu/academicadvising/transfercenter.

Students should also be advised that a Bachelor of Arts (BA) will require four semesters or more of a foreign language and many four-year institutions may require those courses to be taken consecutively. SLCC also offers a wider selection of languages than many transfer institutions; it may not be possible to continue study of a specific language after transfer. Students should check with the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Acquire substantive knowledge throughout the General Education Core and Distribution areas


Communicate effectively


Develop quantitative literacies necessary for student’s chosen field of study


Think critically and creatively


Develop civic literacy and the capacity to be community-engaged learners who act in mutually beneficial ways with community partners.


Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner


Develop computer and information literacy


Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness


General Education Courses

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 Course

American Institutions (AL) 1 Course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 Course

International & Global (IG) 1 Course



Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV).


General Education Note

  • Quantitative Literacy (QL)
    MATH 1030 , a broad survey of mathematics topics, is required for all General Studies students. Students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program requiring a different math course should select the appropriate SLCC program of study instead of General Studies. Usually MATH 1050  (prerequisite MATH 1010 ) is appropriate for students intending to major in physical, computational and biological sciences, engineering and other applied science fields; MATH 1040  (prerequisite MATH 0980 ) is appropriate for students intending to major in social and behavioral sciences, humanities and the health sciences; and MATH 1090  (prerequisite MATH 1010 ) is appropriate for students intending to major in Business. 

Elective Courses (22 credits)

Complete twenty-two (22) credit hours from any college course numbered 1000 or above and not duplicative of General Education courses above or other college courses.

A maximum of two credits from Health and Lifetime Activities (HLAC) beyond the Lifetime Wellness (LW) requirement may be applied to required courses.

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Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet prerequisites of first semester courses should plan extra time to complete the program. Students wishing to transfer to a specific program at a four-year institution should check with that institution to ensure that all courses are taken.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details on prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.