This program offers students the flexibility to explore classes and career opportunities while earning credits that are transferable to many colleges and universities. General Studies’ flexibility also allows students to take advantage of the many transfer pathways available through the statewide MassTransfer program or tailor their studies to transfer to a private institution.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies
I went to STCC as an untraditional student in my late 20s. I had not done well in high school, and through this program was given the opportunity to start fresh and showcase my abilities as a student. I took my studies seriously and was fully supported by the staff and educators who recognized my efforts.Richard Cookish, Class of 2013, Harrington Hospital, Southbridge
The General Studies program prepares students for transfer to 4-year colleges and Universities. The curriculum includes requirements which will transfer as liberal arts courses at four-year institutions. Because of the number of general electives included in the curriculum, students may enroll in additional courses of choice from the humanities, social sciences, math, and sciences departments. An additional benefit of the general elective courses is that courses from throughout STCC's many subjects will count toward the degree (and many will transfer under the MassTransfer agreements the College has with the four-year state Universities and the University of Massachusetts). General Studies requirements allow students the flexibility to complete MassTransfer A2B Pathways in Economics, English, History, Psychology or Sociology.
The General Studies program is also an excellent choice for students who may be undecided about their specific academic or career direction. Professional advisors or faculty advisors assist students with their course schedules while suggesting other resources on campus to assist them to explore future educational endeavors.
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.