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General Studies: Associate in Arts (AA)  (7660)

ATTENTION: This program has been inactivated by the department for Fall 2018 and will no longer be available for new student enrollments.  Interested new students should consider reviewing the General Studies AAS degree (major code #7606) - new Fall 2018.

You may have a specific career goal that requires a broad set of skills, or maybe you are interested in beginning your education with a two-year program before transferring to a four-year school. Either way, HACC’s General Studies Program can give you the foundation you need to enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor’s degree. Our program provides you the option to transfer your credits to another school to continue your education.

Our admissions counselors are eager to help you learn more about our General Studies program.
 

What can I do with this in the workforce?

Our General Studies program is flexible and allows you to choose classes based on your career or transfer goals. Many entry-level careers require a broad set of skills before you complete on-the-job training. Upon receiving your degree at HACC, you will have received foundational knowledge and skills in six major areas of general education: Oral and written communication.

  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Information literacy
  • Technology literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Any other selected coursework that applies to your career goals
     

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What is HACC’s program like?

Our professors understand that you may not yet know the direction you want to go with your education. We designed our General Studies program to give you a well-rounded foundation that will help you find your passion. By enrolling in our program, you’ll complete courses in humanities and arts, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, diversity and physical education and wellness. You also will receive thorough training in written and oral communication.

You also may choose electives and diversify your classes. You can choose 30 credits of electives and select course numbers 100 or above. No “0” level courses are applicable for graduation.

Our counseling staff will help you select your courses when you enroll in our General Studies program. If you decide to transfer to a four-year school or apply to a more specific program at HACC, we’ll ensure you will work with a faculty member who is familiar with your specific field of study.

After completing our program and receiving your associate degree, you will know how to:

  • Select and apply mathematical tools to draw conclusions from quantitative data
  • Write appropriately for audience, purpose and genre; demonstrate appropriate content, organization, syntax and style; and acknowledge the use of information sources according to convention
  • Generate a new idea or artifact by combining, changing or reapplying existing ideas or products
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate, create and collaborate effectively using technologies in multiple modalities
  • Competently construct and effectively present orally, information designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs or behaviors
  • Properly utilize technology to complete an assigned task
     

What classes can I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

After graduating from our two-year General Studies program, you can choose to enter the workforce or transfer your courses to another school.

Affordably YOURS, our programs are flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has their own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Browse the list below to find the transfer options for students in the General Studies program:

Albright College -Accelerated Degree Program: General Program Course Equivalencies (pdf)

Central Penn College: General Studies into Physical Therapy Assistant Program (pdf)

Franklin University Online: Franklin University Bachelor Degrees (ONLINE) (pdf)

Indiana University of PA: General Studies into Interior Design (pdf)

Messiah College: Marketing (pdf)

Messiah College: Athletic Training (pdf)

Messiah College: Media, Culture and Technology with Media Production Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Music (pdf)

Messiah College: Music Commercial Music Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Music Education with k-12 Teaching Certification (pdf)

Messiah College: Music and Music Worship Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Music Performance (pdf)

Messiah College: Musical Theatre (pdf)

Messiah College: Philosophy (pdf)

Messiah College: Politics with International Relations Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Politics with Political Studies Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BA) Psychology (pdf)

Messiah College: Psychology with Clinical Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BS) Psychology (pdf)

Messiah College: Public Relations (pdf)

Messiah College: Sport Management (pdf)

Messiah College: Sustainability Studies Sustainability Public Policy Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BA) Theatre (pdf)

Messiah College: Theatre Business (pdf)

Messiah College: Human Development and Family Science (pdf)

Messiah College: Health and Physical Education with K-12 Teaching Certification (pdf)

Messiah College: History (pdf)

Messiah College: History Administrative Studies Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: History American History Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: History Classical and Medieval European History Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Health and Physical Education Studies (pdf)

Messiah College: History Modern European History Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: History Public History Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: History Secondary Education Social Studies Teaching Certification (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration Human Resource Management Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Biblical and Religious Studies World Christian Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BA) Biochemistry (pdf)

Messiah College: (BS) Biochemistry (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration Leadership Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration Technology and Operations Management Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Chemistry Secondary Education Certification (pdf)

Messiah College: Christian Studies (pdf)

Messiah College: Christian Ministries Congregational Ministries Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Christian Ministries Cross-Cultural Ministries Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Christian Ministries Youth Ministries Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Communications (pdf)

Messiah College: Dance (pdf)

Messiah College: Digital Media Church Media Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Digital Media Digital Video and Story Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Economic Development Business Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Economic Development Public Policy Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BS) Economics (pdf)

Messiah College: Engineering Civil Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Engineering Computer Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Engineering Environmental Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Engineering Mechanical Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: English (pdf)

Messiah College: English Secondary Education (pdf)

Messiah College: Family and Consumer Science Education k-12 Teaching Certification (pdf)

Messiah College: Film and Media Arts (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education English Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Math and Social Studies Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Economic Development Sustainability Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: (BA) Economics (pdf)

Messiah College: (BA) Chemistry (pdf)

Messiah College: (BS) Chemistry (pdf)

Messiah College: Adventure Education (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Science Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Science and English Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Science and Math Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Science and Social Studies Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Social Studies Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: History World History Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: International Business (pdf)

Messiah College: Journalism (pdf)

Messiah College: Music with Composition (pdf)

Messiah College: Music Business (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration Finance Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Math and English Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Biblical and Religious Studies Bible Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Biblical and Religious Studies Religion Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Middle Level Education Math Concentration (pdf)

Messiah College: Business Administration Entrepreneurship Concentration (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: General Studies into Early Childhood & Special Education dual certification (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: Visual Arts Graphic and Interactive Design Foundations into Interactive and Graphic Design (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: Middle Level (4-8) Math Education with Dual Certification in Special Education (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: General Studies into Applied Engr. and Tech. Management or Tech. and Engr. Education (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: Honors Guide (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into Stuctural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into American Studies (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into Security and Risk Analysis (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into Science (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into Information Systems (pdf)

Penn State Harrisburg: General Studies into Information Sciences and Technology (pdf)

Penn State Mont Alto: Program to Program Agreements (pdf)

Penn State York: Program to Program Agreements (pdf)

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design: Photography (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: General Studies into Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: General Studies into Economics (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: General Studies into (PreK-8) (Prek-4) Dual Certification PRIOR 2015 (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: General Studies into (PreK-8) (Prek-4) Dual Certification AFTER 2015 (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: General Studies into Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education (pdf)

Slippery Rock University of PA: Safety Management (pdf)

Slippery Rock University of PA: Sports Management (pdf)

Villanova University: RN to BSN Program Information (pdf)

West Virginia University: Articulation Agreement (pdf)

Wilson College: General Studies into Elementary Education (pdf)

Wilson College: General Studies into Exercise and Sport (pdf)

Wilson College: General Studies - Psychobiology (pdf)

York College of Pennsylvania: Intelligence Analysis (pdf)

York College of Pennsylvania: General Studies into Mass Communications (pdf)

York College of Pennsylvania: Middle Level Education / Special Education (pdf)


Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the full General Studies program at any one of our five campuses or through Virtual Learning.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are more than 200 scholarships available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how to apply.


When can I apply?

You can apply for the General Studies program anytime by submitting your application on our website. We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. Please include the program code 7660, which is unique to General Studies with your application. This code will ensure you apply for the correct program.


How can I learn more?

Whether you want to enter the workforce after receiving your associate degree or transfer to a specific program at a four-year school, HACC’s General Studies program can help you begin reaching your goals. Our admission counselors can help you learn more about the program requirements, or you can request more information before enrolling. Start YOUR career with HACC today.