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Associate of Arts - General Studies (Online - 8 week sessions)
(Effective UG21)


TwoEightThe Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in General Studies is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university but are undecided about their future course of study. Choosing General Studies provides students with the flexibility of completing coursework that meets requirements for transfer, aids in career exploration, and builds a solid foundation for their future education. A wide range of general subjects may be chosen under the general studies elective coursework to include science, humanities, English, social and behavioral science, business, and mathematics.


Transferring Credit

Transfer Credit to Other Institutions

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AA degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.


Math Pathways Information


Course Semester Hours Milestone
  1st Session    
   Core Elective (1st 8-weeks) 3  
 LAL101  ^Composition I (1st 8-weeks) 3  LAL101
  2nd Session    
   ^Mathematics (2nd 8-weeks) 3  Math
   Social and Behavioral Science (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
  3rd Session    
 SPK101  Public Speaking (1st 8-weeks) 3  
 LAL102  ^Composition II (1st 8-weeks) 3  LAL102
  4th Session    
   Biological or Physical Science (2nd 8-weeks) 3-5  
   History or Government (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
  5th Session    
   Elective (8-weeks) 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts (8-weeks) 3  
  6th Session    
   Biological or Physical Science (1st 8-weeks) 3-5  
   Elective (1st 8-weeks) 3  
  7th Session    
   Elective (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
  8th Session    
   Core Elective (1st 8-weeks) 3  
   Elective (1st 8-weeks) 3  
   Social and Behavioral Science (1st 8-weeks) 3  
  9th Session    
   Elective (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
   Elective (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts (2nd 8-weeks) 3  
  Minimum Required Hours for Degree 60  

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

^Please refer to the college catalog and course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).


Additional Graduation Requirement
Missouri law, included in Senate Bill 807, requires every college student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor's degree at a public institution to pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination with at least a 70 percent to graduate. The rule will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students thereafter.

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.