General Studies

General Studies

Completing the General Studies program will provide you with the ability to:

  • Think critically
  • Solve problems
  • Conduct research
  • Write and speak clearly
  • Work in groups as a team player, as well as independently

Employers value these qualities in job candidates in every field and industry.

Study Online!

Did you know that the General Studies program can be completed online?

  • Liberal Arts and Science: General Studies AS (100% can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

In GCC's General Studies program, you can design your own course of study in consultation with your academic advisor and a transfer counselor. This program is especially helpful if you have not yet decided on a specific academic or career goal.

If you are considering transferring to a four-year school after graduation, you will carefully review program options with an advisor and a transfer counselor to ensure your course sequences meet the transfer institution's requirements.

As a student pursing the General Studies degree, you should consult with an advisor to select the appropriate courses to transfer to an upper-division program in a specific discipline of choice.

Liberal Arts and Science disciplines include:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • English and literature
  • Foreign language
  • History and political science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy


Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Canisius College
  • Cazenovia College
  • Daemen College
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Empire State College/SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Hartwick College
  • Houghton College
  • Keuka College
  • Manhattan College
  • Medaille College
  • RIT
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Utica College
  • Wells College

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.