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Program Guide:

Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies

Program Description

The Associate in Arts (General Studies) program will enable students to apply the knowledge and skills of liberal learning to personal growth and professional advancement. Students who complete the A.A. core curriculum will fulfill the general education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree at Trinity’s Main Campus. 61 college level credits are required for graduation.

Program Goals:

  • Ensure that students attain the fundamental competencies required for collegiate level academic work
  • Enable students to acquire core skills in quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, technological literacy, and communication
  • Encourage students to be actively involved in the learning process and become independent learners
  • Provide a curricular structure that:
    • Links core skill acquisition with mastery of foundational knowledge in liberal arts disciplines
    • Emphasizes the ways that knowledge in various disciplines is interrelated
    • Builds upon core skills to prepare students to be ethical, engaged citizens as well as successful professionals

The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies consists of Core Requirement and an Area of Emphasis courses.

Based on a Skills Inventory, students may also be asked to take Collegiate Bridge Courses. These courses help prepare students for college level work in both Math and English

The AA program is a 61 credit hour program, (not including the Collegiate Bridge courses.) All credits earned in the AA program can be transferred towards a Bachelor’s Degree Program at Trinity.

Required Core Classes

All students must complete 43 credit hours of required courses, also known as the Core Requirements. It recommended that students complete these courses prior to the Area of Emphasis Courses.

Goals of the Core Requirements

The College Experience

Skills for Work and Life




Information Literacy

Understanding the Self, Society, and Nature

Arts and Humanities

Social Sciences

Scientific Understanding

Religious Studies / Ethics

Area of Emphasis

An area of emphasis gives a student the opportunity to explore several academic fields. The area of emphasis also serves as preparation for a major or minor in a Bachelor’s Degree program on Trinity’s Main Campus. Three areas of emphasis are offered for the A.A.: Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

Students are to take an additional 12 credit hours in various disciplines to complete their area of emphasis. The students will complete their degree by taking the Capstone course, in which a final project/paper is produced which allows student to demonstrate that they have met the program goals.

Early Childhood Area of Emphasis

  • EDCC 204 Child, Family, Culture and Community
  • EDCC 206 Developing Learning Experiences in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 210 Developing Oral Language in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 212 Observing, Describing and Measuring Growth in Early Childhood

Capstone Learning Experience

Collegiate Bridge Courses

All students must demonstrate or develop fundamental academic competencies at the beginning of their studies for the A.A. degree. Incoming students will take skills inventories in reading, composition, and mathematics. The purpose of the skills inventory is to promote student success by placing students in classes appropriate to their skill level.

Based on the results of the Skills Inventory, students will be placed either in college-level Math and English courses or Collegiate Bridge courses. Collegiate Bridge Courses are designed to help students develop fundamental skills necessary to succeed in college level courses.

Students taking collegiate bridge classes do not receive college-level credit. Students who place out of collegiate bridge classes take the college-level courses.

All collegiate bridge coursework must be completed within the first 24 credit hours of enrollment .

Collegiate Bridge English Course:

Collegiate Bridge Math Course:

Course Descriptions

BADM 100 - Fundamentals of Business - 3 credits (Area Course)
An introductory course designed to provide students with an overview of business organizations. This course will explore the following aspects of business: forms of business ownership, research and development, marketing, finance, accounting, production, materials management, and human resource management.

BADM 230 Marketing Theory and Practice - 3 credits
(Area Course)
Addresses the theory and practice of marketing consumer goods and services. This course will introduce marketing principles, concepts, and tactics; including consumer behavior theory. Emphasis will be placed on the use of research and analytical tools in the promotion of goods and services.

BADM 250 Principles of Management & Leadership - 3 credits (Area Course)
Discusses the theory and practice of management. Teaches the functions of management (planning, organizing, and leading) through participation in discussions, simulations, role-playing, and team activities. Students will develop effective management and leadership skills, with a focus on personal awareness and growth.

COM 101 Introduction to Communication & Public Speaking - 3 credits
Studies principles of communication, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed to communicate effectively in personal and professional relationships, and in informative and persuasive public speaking contexts.

COM 224 Cross-Cultural Communication - 3 credits
Cross-cultural Communication examines basic principles of communication in multi-cultural contexts. Students will analyze the impact of cultural assumptions and values on understanding and communication between individuals and among communities.

ECON 100 Introduction to Economics - 3 credits

Introduces the discipline of economics. The course develops students' understanding of how economic analysis can be used to study social problems and issues. Topics include supply and demand, comparative advantage, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, money and the banking system.

ENGL 060: Composition Skills - 3 credits (Collegiate Bridge Course)
Formal essay development: paragraph structure, stating and elaborating a thesis. ENGL 060 requires a grade of C for a student to move to the next level.

ENGL 106 Writing for Academic and Professional Success - 3 credits
Focuses on planning, writing, and revising compositions for academic and professional purposes, including informational, analytical, evaluative, and persuasive compositions. Develops skills in accessing, evaluating, using, and documenting informational sources. Introduces students to professional writing applications, including memos, resumes, and reports.

ENGL 210 World Literature - 3 credits
Introduces students to a variety of literary works from throughout the world. The course will focus on twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on non-western works. Students will examine the works both within their cultural contexts, and in relationship to universal themes that transcend cultural boundaries. The course develops analytical and comparative skills while introducing students to a wide variety of interesting world literatures.

ENGL 217 Early African American Literature – 3 credits (Area Course)
Studies African-American Literature from colonial times to the 20th century. The course will survey folklore, poetry and prose.

ENVS 102 The Science of Planet Earth - 4 credits
An introduction to evolution, earth science, and plate tectonics for the non-science major. The course will pay special attention to the mid-Atlantic region. Labs include use of the scientific method, development of observational skills, computer-assisted learning, and some field trips.

FNAR 222 Architecture, Cities, and Society – 3 credits (Area Course)
Examines the relationship between human behavior and designed environments. Studies the application of psychological facts to the design of buildings and cities. The course will cover both urban planning and architecture in relation to function and aesthetics. The history of both architecture and urban planning will be addressed; however, the main focus of the course will be modern cities and buildings.

FNAR 248 Music and Culture - 3 credits
Surveys global music, examining the relationship between music and culture in both western and non-western music. Formal musical traditions, popular culture music, and folk music will all be included. Students will develop listening skills as well as an appreciation for the music of diverse cultures.

GST 102 Introduction to the Humanities – 3 credits
(Area Course)
This course will provide students with a broad overview of the humanities. The course will explore the cultural differences and similarities as expressed through art, history, literature, and philosophy. Students will reflect on the development of personal and cultural beliefs and how these beliefs can affect actions and values.

HIS 250 Contemporary World History - 3 credits
Examines major forces that have shaped the world since 1945, including nationalism, revolution, democratization, globalization, ethnic and racial conflict, and technological transformation and the information revolution.

HUMR 213 Introduction to Counseling – 3 credits (Area Course)
This course provides an overview of professional counseling in helping professions. Topics will include the history, and philosophies and theories of counseling; in addition to the implications of current economic and social climates on the practice of counseling. Students will explore the roles, functions, and limitations of counselors and leave with an understanding of basic counseling skills.

INT 113 Academic Achievement - 3 credits
Introduces students to the concepts and practices associated with a successful college experience. Students are taught skills that will lead to self-management and self-responsibility in terms of their academic success. The courses will familiarize students with Trinity's policies and procedures, academic services, and students services. Students will be assisted in the transition to college with an emphasis placed on the adult learner. Topics covered will include: returning to college; balancing work, family, and school; and managing time. In addition, the course will help students to indentify different learning and teaching styles, develop critical thinking skills, and acquire effective study habits and valuable classroom skills.
Formerly INT 106 - Academic Achievement Seminar

INT 117 Introduction to Information Literacy- 3 credits

In order to be successful in both the academic and professional realm, a student must be able to discover, retrieve, evaluate, manage and communicate all forms of information. The purpose of this course is to help students learn the importance of the internet as a research tool and to enable students to evaluate the quality of information and understand how information is to be used in a way that supports critical thinking and communication of thoughts, ideas, and/or opinions. This course will also give students a clear understanding of the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of information.
Formerly ISYS 102- Introduction to Computers and Internet Research

INT 290 Capstone Project - 3 credits
The capstone course allows students an opportunity to create a body of work which will show that they have met the goals of the Associate Degree Program. Specific student goals include: preparedness to metriculate to a Trinity Bachelor's Degree program; acquisition of core skills in quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, technological literacy, and communication; an appreciation of the interrelatedness of knowledge from various academic disciplines, and an understanding of how the program goals will assist students in becoming ethical, engaged citizens as well as successful professionals.

MATH 060 Elementary Algebra - 3 credits (Collegiate Bridge Course)
Ratios, percentages, integers, introduction to algebraic expression and solving basic equations. MATH 060 requires a grade of C for a student to move to the next level.

MATH 111 Applied Mathematical Skills - 3 credits
Covers basic algebra with an emphasis on problem solving skills; elementary mathematical modeling, focusing on applications to real world phenomena; probability theory and applications; and introduction to the use of statistics to describe and analyze data.

PHIL 101 Logic and Problem Solving - 3 credits
Develops skills in reasoning and use of logic to assess arguments. Provides tools for creative and critical thinking. Emphasizes the enhancement of decision-making and problem-solving capabilities.

PHIL 252 Practical Ethics - 3 credits
Develops students' abilities to handle problematic ethical situations in their lives and work, and to come up with constructive responses to ethical dilemmas. The course will build skills in respectful, open dialogue about values and ethics. It will also increase students' awareness of and responsiveness to diverse values, including an understanding of tensions between values as well as the importance of seeking common ethical ground.

POLS 102 Politics and Citizenship - 3 credits
Develops student understanding of current political and policy issues. Through study of academic, newspaper, and broadcast journalism sources on American and global politics, students will learn how to conduct research, assess sources, analyze policy debates, construct written and oral arguments, and become more informed and active citizens.

POLS 274 Politics, Literature, and Film - 3 credits
The course explores various themes in politics as they are presented in both literature and film. Academic materials will be integrated with excerpts from novels, short stories, poetry, film, and television. Some topics examined will be: Democracy, social inequality, justice, citizenship, and oppression.

PSYC 100 Foundations of Psychology - 3 credits
Introduces students to the primary concepts of psychology, and to the tools of psychologists use to study the wide variety of human behavior. Provides a general overview of the fields of psychology through lectures, readings, shsort thought papers, and interactive class activities. The course surveys several major topic areas: the biology of behavior, learning, memory, conciousness, personality, and abnormal behavior. Students will learn to critically evaluate the state of knowledge in the field, particularly as it applies to a higly diverse society as or own.

PSYC 210 Theories of Social Psychology - 3 credits
This course will study the influence of others, real or imagined, on an individual's thoughts, emotions, and actions. Topics covered will include social perception and social influence in the context of leadership, conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism. The course will expose students to theories of social interaction that will be useful in both their academic and career development.

RST 244 Religion and Capitalism – 3 credits
Examines the relationship between religion and capitalism. The course will examine the religious ideals in the context of capitalism; with special emphasis on corporate wealth. The course will focus on Christianity, but other religions will be discussed. Topics will include profit, wealth, poverty, and charity, and economic justice.

RST 289 Comparative Religions - 3 credits
This course surveys the relationship of several religious traditions of the world—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam, concentrating on their development, belief systems, and practices of today. Special emphasis will be placed on their differences as well as similarities.

SOCY 101 Social Issues - 3 credits

Examines contemporary social issues in the United States using current sociological approaches and theories. Topics include poverty, racism and sexual discrimination, health care, aging, violence, family and community structures, and substance abuse.

SOCY 240 Work and Society – 3 credits
This course studies work from a sociological perspective in the context of the modern American workplace. Topics include career choices, occupational socialization and commitment, issues of gender, race and age discrimination in the workplace, larger social forces that shape the world of work, such as the relationship of work to the economy, and the future of work.

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