The General Studies program is intended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. For students who are uncertain about their educational goals, this curriculum offers sufficient flexibility so that students may take courses that are accepted at most public four-year institutions in a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs. It also provides greater opportunity than that offered in other college-transfer programs for the student to take courses that emphasize areas of academic strength and interest. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in planning their programs.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

General Studies Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 62
Degree Requirements Courses Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 and any ENG (Literature) course 9
Mathematics1 MTH 154 and MTH 155 or MTH 154 and 245 or MTH 161 and 261 or MTH 167 and 173 6
History Any two HIS courses 6
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2
Note: HLT 143, 250, 261, 262, 263, and 290 DO NOT meet HLT/PE requirement
Humanities ART 101, ART 102, ART 106, any REL, or HUM 100 AND any course from ART (approved transfer elective courses), ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language. 6
Social Sciences Any course from ECO3, PLS, PSY4, or SOC5 AND any course from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY4, SOC 6
Lab Sciences Any two-semester sequence in BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, or PHY
(Note: BIO 141 and BIO 142 do not meet this requirement)
Communication CST 100, CST 110, or CST 126 3
Transfer Elective(s) Any course which has been approved as a transfer elective5 15

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test.

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

Course Credits
ENG 111 3
History (I) 3
Health/Physical Education 1
Lab Science (I) 4
Total Credits 15-17

First Year Spring

Course Credits
CST 100, 110, or 126 3
ENG 112 3
History (II) 3
Lab Science (II) 4
Total Credits 16-17

Second Year Fall

Course Credits
Humanities Elective (I) 3
Social Sciences Elective (I) 3
ENG (Literature) 3
Transfer Elective(s) 6
 Health/Physical Education 1
Total Credits 13-16

Second Year Spring

Course Credits
Humanities Elective (II) 3
Social Sciences Elective (II) 3
Transfer Elective(s) 3-9
Total Credits 15

  1. Students should check with institutions to which they are considering transferring to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.
  2. Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.
  3. ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course Students who take ECO 120 cannot receive credit for either ECO 201 or ECO 202. Students who take either ECO 201 or ECO 202 cannot receive credit for ECO 120.
  4. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.
  5. Transfer elective credits must be selected from the Approved Transfer Electives See a counselor, a faculty advisor, or view transfer electives.

Students graduating from this program may be called upon to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.