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Program Description

The A.S. in General Studies and the B.S. in General Studies programs are designed to produce a well-rounded critical thinker with the ability to analyze and synthesize disparate topics, function effectively in workplace teams, and direct his/her actions based on an understanding of ethical behavior and personal responsibility. Built around a core of general education goals, the General Studies program provides a flexible scaffold upon which students may assemble a unique program of study designed to accommodate individual needs, interests, and experiences.

The A.S. in General Studies and the B.S. in General Studies are accelerated programs where students will complete one, four-credit course every eight weeks. Previously earned transfer credits from accredited institutions may be used to fulfill required and elective courses. Based upon the student’s transfer credits, general education requirements, and selection of free electives from any Medaille College’s currently approved courses, a student and his/her advisor will build a program schedule that fulfills program requirements while allowing the student to maintain full-time status.

  • Students are permitted to transfer up to 45 credits into the A.S. in General Studies.
  • Students are permitted to transfer up to 90 credits into the B.S. in General Studies.

Program Goals

  • To develop in all students the interpersonal skills necessary for effective participation in teams and groups.
  • To enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills of each individual student.
  • To develop and cultivate a sense of purpose, responsibility, and ethical behavior among individuals.
  • To enhance the student’s written and spoken communication skills.
  • To develop proficiency in the application of computer technologies.

Delivery formats

  • On-campus (Day or Evening)
  • Online

A.S. in General Studies

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

Humanities (Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below)

One HUM course must be a writing course. Recommended courses:

  • ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays (4) [or equivalent]
  • ENG 201 Writing the Research Paper (4) [or equivalent]

Natural Sciences (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: GEN 241 Scientific Methods and Discovery or BIO 150 Environmental Studies (4) [or equivalent]

Ethics (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: PHI 190 Ethical Issues for Today (4) [or equivalent]

Mathematics (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: MAT 121 Mathematical Applications (4) or MAT 203 Statistics for Today’s Business (4) [or equivalent]

Social Sciences (Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below)

Students are required to complete two social sciences courses. Typical courses include:

  • GEN 221 Cultural Interactions: Early American Experiences (4)
  • HIS 210 Immigration in America (4)
  • HIS 251 Perspectives: The World Today (4)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (9 credits)

Students are required to complete 9 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences
and mathematics, and social sciences are considered Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Electives should be discussed in consultation with a student’s academic advisor.

Free Electives: 30 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 60 

 


B.S. in General Studies

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

Humanities (Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below)

One HUM course must be a writing course. Recommended courses:

  • ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays (4) [or equivalent]
  • ENG 201 Writing the Research Paper (4) [or equivalent]

Natural Sciences (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: GEN 241 Scientific Methods and Discovery or BIO 150 Environmental Studies (4) [or equivalent]

Ethics (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: PHI 190 Ethical Issues for Today (4) [or equivalent]

Mathematics (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • Recommended course: MAT 121 Mathematical Applications (4) or MAT 203 Statistics for Today’s Business (4) [or equivalent]

Social Sciences (Minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below)

Students are required to complete two social sciences courses. Typical courses include:

  • GEN 221 Cultural Interactions: Early American Experiences (4)
  • HIS 210 Immigration in America (4)
  • HIS 251 Perspectives: The World Today (4)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology (4)

Computer Skills (Minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below)

  • CIS 118 Computer Skills and Applications (4) or CIS 160 Essential Technologies for Today (4)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (12 credits)

  • Students are required to complete 12 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences are considered Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Electives should be discussed in consultation with a student’s academic advisor.
  • 300-400 Level Liberal Arts and Science Electives (20 credits)
    • Students are required to complete 20 credits of 300-400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences are considered Liberal Arts and Sciences courses.  Electives should be discussed in consultation with a student’s academic advisor.

Free Electives 52 Credits: Students may take any college course.

Total Credit Hours: 120