The General Studies program at Austin Community College is intended to provide a framework of support and oversight for students seeking a broad-based education, often with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. The General Studies program has the largest number of declared majors in the college, with nearly 3000 students in the Fall Semester of 2008.
The program offers two degree plans. The General Studies in Liberal Arts is designed for those pursuing a major in the liberal arts or education, while the General Studies in Science is designed for students seeking a major in mathematics or science.
The General Studies in Liberal Arts program is designed for students desiring a liberal arts education and for those who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution to major in a liberal arts or education field. The General Studies in Science program is designed for students wishing to pursue a flexible plan in the area of mathematics or science, often with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution. The purpose of both programs is to provide students with a broad-based education and with college-level skills in reading, writing, oratory, mathematics, and critical thinking.