°Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.
+ It is important to note that no fewer than 60 credits are needed to complete the degree. If the one credit speech option is selected, students must be careful to take two four-credit courses somewhere in the program or take an extra course.
Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year institution should check with their advisors, their future schools, or refer to the Selecting Electives list regarding General Education Requirements.
∞ First Year Experience course equivalents are CJS* K100 - Perspectives of Criminal Justice ° and NUR* K108 - Perspectives of Nursing °.
* Indicates common course numbering within Connecticut Community College system.
Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding the minimum number of credits to be taken at TRCC and limits on non-traditional credits. 25% of TRCC degree requirements must be completed with TRCC coursework. Up to
50% of degree requirements can be fulfilled with non-traditional credit. Non-traditional credit includes CLEP/DSST exams, Credit by Exam, APL credit, and Military credit.
General Studies, Associate Degree Program Outcomes and Statement of Core Values
Three Rivers Community College is committed to the belief that the best preparation for life, and especially for careers that require specialized training, is a broad acquaintance with human knowledge. The General Studies degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to explore knowledge from multiple perspectives. Students are challenged to become intellectually curious, aesthetically aware and critically perceptive, and to develop their communicative and quantitative skills. Through the study of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, the General Studies degree program gives students the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace and the foundation necessary for lifelong learning and personal growth.
Students completing the general Studies program will develop the ability to:
- think critically and creatively
- work collaboratively as well as independently
- communicate effectively both in speaking and in writing
- reason quantitatively as well as verbally
- value artistic expression
- move beyond a narrow focus and recognize broader historical, cultural, global and scientific perspectives
- understand and reflect searchingly upon one’s values and the values of others.
General education and career education are interactive components. They enrich each other by helping students to make career choices in keeping with their understanding of themselves and their world. Together, they provide the skills and perspectives that make possible the dignity of work and social contribution. They cultivate a framework of meaning, value, ethical purpose and commitment that enrich every aspect of life. They foster an attitude of critical inquiry, curiosity, openness and wonder that enables a spirit of lifelong learning.
Transfer Advising Tools
Transfer Advising Tools have been created for General Studies students seeking a specialized major in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science and Pre-Allied Health. The selection of recommended courses within advising tool prepares students seeking a Bachelor degree at a transfer institution. Please be sure to check with your transfer institution to ensure the course selection fits the needs of their program.