Associate of Arts in General Studies

General Studies

Associate of Arts

The required general education courses for the Associate of Arts in General Studies are listed as follows:

Foundations Requirements Credit Hours
Oral Communications
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Written Communications and Information Literacy
ENG 110 Writing I
Written Communications and Integrative and Applied Learning (choose one)
  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
First-Year Seminar
IDS 110 Student Success
Quantitative Literacy (choose one) 3-5
Natural World Requirements Credit Hours
At least one course from each area, two different course codes, at least one with a lab
Life Sciences Physical Sciences
Human Culture Requirements Credit Hours
Four different course codes from these areas
Social and Behavioral Science (choose two) 6
Humanities (choose one)
  • ENG 230 Introductory Reading in Literature
  • ENG 231 Major Writers of English
  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 236 Minorities in Literature
  • ENG 280 Short Story
  • ENG 283 Folklore and Cultural Engagement
  • ENG 285 Subjects in Folklore
  • ENG 288 Literature of Work: Readings in the Professions
  • ENG 289 Literature, Culture, Conflict
  • HST 103 World History to 1600 C.E.
  • HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E.
  • LLT 121 Classical Mythology
  • LLT 180 The Heroic Quest
  • LLT 197 Selected Topics in Language and Literature
  • LLT 201 Masterpieces of Continental Literature
  • LLT 202 Major Authors in Translation
  • LLT 215 Asian Global Studies
  • MED 274 Understanding Film
  • Foreign Language, any course
  • MUS 241 The Language of Music
  • PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament
The Arts (choose one)
  • ART 200 Art in Context
  • ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 205 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • ENG 215 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • MUS 239 Introduction to World Music
  • THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts
Public Affairs Requirements Credit Hours
US and MO Constitutions and American History
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
US History (choose one)
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
Cultural Competence (choose one) 3
Public Issues (choose one)
  • CIS 200 Critical and Creative Thinking using Information Technology
  • COM 110 Critical Thinking
  • CRM 210 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
  • CSC 210 Public Affairs Issues in Computing
  • ECO 101 Economics of Social Issues
  • PHI 105 Logic, Language and Argumentation
  • PHI 115 Introduction to Ethics
  • PLS 205 Countries and Culture: Comparative Government*
  • PLS 232 International Relations*
  • TEC 105 Technology's Impact on Society
* Students who transfer to Missouri State-Springfield before completing their Associate of Arts in General Studies degree may find these classes will not satisfy the Public Affairs requirement.
Other General Education Requirements Credit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
IDS 297 Topics in Globalization 2-3
Electives Credit Hours

Elective Total:

Note: Consult with an advisor to determine appropriate electives.

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Total Hours 62-67

Darr Honors Program Graduates

Criminology Transfer Major

These four courses directly satisfy degree requirements in the Bachelor of Science in Criminology at Missouri State University-Springfield. These course will be offered at least one semester per year and are also included in the Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement.

Criminology Transfer Major Requirements Credit Hours
Electives: Complete the following 12 credit hours:
CRM 210 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System 3
CRM 250 Policing 3
CRM 260 Criminal Law and the Courts 3
CRM 270 Institutional and Community-Based Corrections 3
Total Credit Hours 12

Students considering transferring into the Bachelor's of Science in Criminology should take these twelve elective hours as part of the Associate of Arts in General Studies.