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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies

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The Program

Sometimes students enter East Central College without knowing what they would like to study or pursue as a career. For these individuals, ECC offers a general studies transfer degree program.

Assuming appropriate placement scores, general studies is a two-year academic plan. It gives students the freedom to explore coursework from multiple disciplines while providing core learning from the general education curriculum block. In addition, ECC offers various student activities, organizations and practicum experiences that both enrich collegiate life and help students explore their future education and career goals.

With their academic advisor, general studies students should choose electives based on their personal interests, educational and professional objectives and the requirements of their desired transfer institution. In addition, they must meet the skill and knowledge area requirements as outlined in the college catalog.

Professional Traits

No matter what degree program they pursue, all ECC students should demonstrate these common learning objectives and qualities:

  • Be ethical and socially responsible
  • Communicate effectively in a written and verbal manner
  • Think critically and creatively to solve problems and advance solutions

Transfer Options

Many of the courses associated with this degree are accepted as transfer credits by four-year colleges and universities. These decisions are made solely by the bachelor degree-granting institution, not ECC.

Students seeking to transfer should communicate often with their faculty advisors and the East Central College transfer advisor. They should also make early contact with the four-year institution of their choice regarding the transferability of ECC credits and coursework.


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    Associate of Arts

    The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is the institutional transfer degree. Each AA degree is comprised of the general education block (a minimum of 43 credit hours) coupled with elective options in the academic area of choice, totaling a minimum of 64 credit hours. Students completing the AA degree who transfer to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri will enter the transfer institution at the junior level; all lower division general education coursework will be satisfied.

    Information on the following AA degree options is provided at the links below.

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