Associate in Arts in General Studies

This curriculum is designed for students who need maximum academic flexibility to meet requirements for transfer or career exploration, or to meet other personal goals. Transferability and applicability of this program depend on courses selected and the transfer program and institution, personal goals and career selected.


This curriculum consists of courses that fulfill the New Mexico General Education Common Core (NMGECC) and a variety of general electives. General education courses are required by all New Mexico institutions. Additional courses in health, physical recreation and computers/technology are SFCC requirements. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

The General Studies degree is available in five concentration areas: General Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Creative Writing, and Culture and Gender Studies.

NOTE:   The general education requirements below apply to all concentrations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate a foundation of liberal arts and specific knowledge that supports and encourages further personal and professional development.
  • Use critical and creative thinking skills and strategies to solve complex individual and social problems.
  • Pursue further study at the baccalaureate level.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

Any SPCH course (3)


Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 hrs.)

Select courses from the following areas:

ANTH 111        The Origins and Antiquity of

Humankind (3)

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ

ANTH 113        World Archaeology (3)

ANTH 207        Cultures of the Southwest (3)

BSAD 235         Human Relations in the Workplace (3)

ECON 200        Principles of Economics –

Macroeconomics (3) S

ECON 201        Principles of Economics –

Microeconomics (3) S

HUDV 270        Service Leadership (3)

POLI 200          American Government and Politics (3)

POLI 211          New Mexico Government (3)

POLI 215          Comparative Politics (3)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

PSYC 240         Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSYC 250         Brain and Behavior (3)

PSYC 265         Cognitive Psychology (3)

PSYC 280         Human Sexuality (3)

PSYC 290         Developmental Psychology (3)

SOCI 111          Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

SOCI 209          Aging and the Family (3)

SOCI 216          Race, Class and Gender (3)

SOCI 220          Social Problems (3) þ

SOCI 225           Marriage, Family and Intimate

Relationships (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 hrs.)

Select courses from the following areas:

American Sign Language (AMSL)

AHST 201         Art History I (3) þ

AHST 202         Art History II (3) þ

AHST 204         Modern Art (3)

DRAM 111       Introduction to Theater and Drama (3)

English (ENGL) Any 200-level literature course

HIST 111          Western Civilization I (3) þ

HIST 112          Western Civilization II (3) þ

HIST 161          United States History to 1877 (3)

HIST 162          United States History from 1877 (3)

HIST 260          History of New Mexico (3) þ S

HUMS 211       Humanities I (3)

HUMS 212       Humanities II (3)

INTR 231          The American Deaf Community (3)

MUSC 115        Music Theory I (3)

MUSC 116        Music Theory II (3)

MUSC 140        Music Appreciation (3)

PHIL 111          Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHIL 155          Logic and Critical Thinking (3)

PHIL 220          Ethical Theory (3)

PHIL 246          Biomedical Ethics (3)

PHIL 258          Environmental Ethics and

Sustainability (3) S

PHIL 265          Comparative World Religions (3)

World Languages (Any 111 and above level

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)