What You’ll Learn
The General Studies associate degree is designed to give you broad exposure to the main divisions of university study in order to both build your academic abilities and help you solidify your vision for your future.
The core of the program consists of 40 credits (about 11-13 courses) with at least one course selected from each of the following areas: written expression, digital literacy and computing, mathematics, arts and aesthetics, humanistic perspective, natural science, and social science. Then, working with your advisor, you’ll choose an additional 5-6 courses from these same areas.
You’ll develop crucial soft skills, like critical thinking, communication, and creativity, that are eagerly sought by employers and foundational for further studies. You’ll also gain exposure to new ideas, areas of inquiry, and career paths, helping you grow in global awareness, self-knowledge, and career focus.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
At Vermont State, we believe knowledge is solidified through practical experience. Many of the courses you take will involve hands-on components, whether in the lab or in the field.
You can take advantage of internship opportunities to build real-world work experience or even study literature, art, and architecture on a guided overseas trip.
Vermont State has an impressive variety of facilities that will enhance your studies through hands-on experiences. Here’s a small sample:
- Computer labs: You’ll find numerous computer labs equipped with top-of-the-line iMacs, printers, scanners, and other equipment to explore your creativity.
- Science facilities: Explore the natural world and gain familiarity with the tools of modern scientific research. Depending on the campus, you’ll find well-appointed teaching and research laboratories, special facilities like the artificial stream lab and Castleton Greenhouse, computer workstations with GIS software, and expansive outdoor spaces like the Babcock Nature Preserve for research and study.
- Art studios: Enjoy space to get creative. Our campuses host numerous studios dedicated to media like painting, ceramics, printmaking, woodworking, and photography.