Mission of the General Studies Program
The mission of the General Studies Program emanates from the mission of St. Vincent’s college and the mission of the Academic Services division. The General Studies Program endeavors to support and facilitate the student’s development of critical thinking, logical reasoning and sound decision making. Knowledge obtained will serve as a foundation for the learner’s lifelong education and assist in exploring, reflecting and forming goals which may lead to further education. The program offers a broad base of general information foundational to diverse academic and career choices. Faculty members are qualified and caring educators who are dedicated to excellence in education, life long learning and the mission of the college.
The Associate Degree Program in General Studies is licensed by the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
The 60 credit curriculum of the General Studies Program assures a firm foundation and integration of knowledge in the areas of humanities, mathematics and science and social sciences. Following successful completion of the program, students will have the necessary skills to enhance responsibilities at their present employment, develop significant skills enabling them to change careers, secure new employment, receive a promotion or transfer to a four year college to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete the College’s required 25 credit Core Curriculum and must choose an additional 35 credits from the following areas:
- English/Communication – 6 credits
- Mathematics/Science – 17 credits
- Arts and Humanities – 3 credits
- Behavioral and Social Sciences – 6 credits
- Free Elective – 3 credits
A minimum of 4 courses numbered 200 or higher must be selected. Students must design a coherent program of studies with guidance from an academic advisor. Written approval for the individualized program plan must be granted by the academic advisor.
Admission to the General Studies Program is based on the successful fulfillment of the College admission requirements. Students must successfully complete all developmental course work prior to entering the courses in the program.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in core curriculum courses. All courses may be repeated only once.