Associate in General Studies/Non-Transfer Degree

Associate in General Studies

Credits: 90  |   Length of Program: 6 quarters

Subject: General Studies Program

Associate in General Studies (AGS)

The Associate in General Studies (AGS) gives students the opportunity to design their own educational programs. This degree was developed as a non-transfer degree so students could have more flexibility in selecting courses to best fit their interests or emphasize particular areas of study not regularly offered by the college.

The fact that the AGS is not designed as a transfer degree does not mean an AGS graduate cannot transfer to a four-year college or university. However, students should be aware that their transcripts will be subjected to a course-by-course analysis to determine how many courses will be accepted by the four-year institution.

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Program Outcomes

South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in General Studies degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences
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Entry Requirements

Students seeking this degree must have prior approval from an instructional Dean or the Vice President of Instruction and must design their AGS programs under the supervision of an advisor.

A minimum of 90 credits numbered 100 or above must be completed to qualify for the Associate in General Stud­ies degree, as described in the distribution and electives requirements sections below.

Must complete a minimum of 10 credits in each of the following areas: communication, humanities, natural science, social science for a minimum total of 40 distribution credits.

Additional Information

The Associate in General Studies degree allows you to design a two-year program by providing flexibility to take courses that fit your lifestyle and interests.

To qualify for the degree, you must design a program under the supervision of an advisor with a minimum of 90 credits numbered 100 or above. Fifty of those credits may be electives, chosen from any program of study. The remaining 40 credits must include 10 credits from each of these areas: communication, humanities, natural science and social science.

The Associate in General Studies degree is not designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, although some of the credits earned as part of the degree may transfer on a course-by-course basis.


Revision Date: 
February 26, 2019