General Studies, A.A.

Academic Programs

Career Path

General Studies

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

If you are like most college-bound students, selecting a career path can be one of the most challenging decisions of your life. Pursuing a General Studies path may be the best option. The General Studies program gives students the opportunity to explore areas of interest while taking the classes needed to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.

Students who major in General Studies need to use the flexibility of this program of study to find a focus that will lead to a career. Iowa Western offers students a variety of services and resources that are designed to help them gather information to make informed decisions regarding major and ultimately career selection. These resources also provide an opportunity for students to make a connection between a program of study, or major, and the related job possibilities.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

The General Studies program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Students who major in General Studies need to use the flexibility of this program of study to find a focus that will lead to a career. The General Studies Associate of Arts is a good choice for students entering fields such as fine arts, communication, and social sciences.

Wages

  • This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Career possibilities are endless.  This pathway typically leads to career opportunities in the fine arts, communication, business, and social sciences.

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)
WBL 110 - Employability Skills 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Social Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Second Semester

    ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Distributed Requirement 6.0 Credit(s)
  • Social Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)

    or

    SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

     

  • Lab Science Requirement 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Social Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • General Electives 6.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
    • General Electives 9.0 Credit(s)
    WBL 100 - Exploring Careers 1.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 13.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0

    Notes:

    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.

    1 Required courses for the program

    To ensure as seamless a transition to a four-year institution as possible, students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution when selecting courses.

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Evaluate information appropriately.
    • Apply principles of critical thinking to demonstrate integrative learning.
    • Communicate effectively in spoken form.
    • Communicate effectively in written form.
    • Analyze diversity issues within a global context.
    • Develop continued learning strategies.

    Program Disclaimers