Academic Catalog

General Studies, A.S. / B.S.

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 the student’s 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 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 the student’s 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.

  1. To enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills of each individual student.
  2. To develop and cultivate a sense of purpose, responsibility, and ethical behavior among individuals.
  3. To enhance the student’s written and spoken communication skills.
  4. To develop proficiency in the application of computer technologies.

Delivery Formats: On-campus (Day or Evening), online

General Studies, A.S.

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete an online prep course by the end of their first online course.

Humanities
Select a 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. 6
ENG 111
(or equivalent)
ENG 201
(or equivalent)
Natural Sciences
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:3
GEN 241
Ethics
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:3
PHI 190
(or equivalent)
Mathematics
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:3
MAT 121
(or equivalent)
Social Sciences
Select a minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below:6
GEN 221
HIS 251
Liberal Arts and Science Electives
Select 9 credits of Liberal Arts and Science Electives9
Electives include, but are not limited to:
GEN 111
GEN 231
PSY 101
Free Electives
Select 30 credits of Free Electives 130
Total Hours60
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Students may take any College course.

General Studies, B.S.

Humanities
Select a 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.8
ENG 111
(or equivalent)
ENG 201
(or equivalent)
Natural Sciences
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:4
GEN 241
Ethics
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:3
PHI 190
(or equivalent)
Mathematics
Select a minimum of 3 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 4 credits per recommended sequence below:4
MAT 121
(or equivalent)
Social Sciences
Select a minimum of 6 credits if utilizing transfer credits and/or a combination of transfer and Medaille credits; 8 credits per recommended sequence below:8
GEN 221
HIS 251
Liberal Arts and Science Electives
Select 16 credits of Liberal Arts and Science Electives16
Electives include, but are not limited to:
GEN 111
GEN 231
PSY 101
Business and Professional Writing
Computer
CIS 1184
or CIS 160
Upper Level Liberal Arts and Science Electives
Select 21 credits of Upper Level Liberal Arts and Science Electives21
GEN 310
ENG 361
MAT 203
ECO 301
Free Electives
Select 52 credits of Free Electives 152
Total Hours120
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Students may take any College course.