AGS Degree Requirements

Associate of General Studies (AGS)

Degree Requirements

Role Descriptions:  The General Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of students
wanting to focus their
studies in an area of personal choice across multiple disciplines.

Intended Learning Outcomes:  Learning experiences in this program are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

1. Read and critically interpret text (written, visual, digital); process content and context to construct meaning.

2. Communicate clearly and effectively through verbal, written, visual, and quantitative expressions.

3. Engage in creative inquiry and expression.

4. Solve problems using science, math, and technology.

5. Draw from multiple disciplines in order to understand the human condition.

6. Contribute as a member of the local community with a cultural and historical understanding of the northwest region in a global context.

7. Bring an understanding of the value of diversity to the community, the workplace, and the home; learn from different cultures, belief systems, and life styles.

8. Investigate, interpret, and communicate ideas about both natural and cultural landscapes.

9. Develop habits and skills that lead to the accomplishment of goals.

10. Seek out and engage in lifelong learning opportunities that broaden perspective, deepen understanding, and increase personal fulfillment.

Complete the General Degree Requirements - Complete all courses with a grade of C or better.

Writing:  Two courses of three credits each:  a. WR 121 English Composition- Exposition and b. either WR 122 English Composition- Argument; WR 123 English Composition- Research Writing; or WR 227 Technical Report Writing.

Mathematics:  Four credits, MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra or higher. 

Humanities and/or Social Science:  Six credits of Humanities and/or Social Science courses from the Arts and Letters and Social Science approved lists.

Institutional Requirements:

Complete a minimum of 90 credits of approved coursework which include alpha-numeric course and designated non-transfer courses. 

Have earned a “C” grade or better on all coursework transferred from other accredited colleges and universities to be included in the degree.

Earn a grade point average of 2.00 or above for all Oregon Coast Community College coursework.

Apply no more than a maximum of 24 credits of pass grades toward the degree.

Complete at least 24 credits at Oregon Coast Community College.

Important Additional Information

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree provides students flexibility in using a variety of college-level courses (generally 100-level or above) to design a two-year degree program in broad interdisciplinary areas. These courses can come from general education, academic, or collegiate-level professional-technical courses to the meet Oregon Coast Community College’s associate degree requirements.

The AGS is tailored to your needs and interests while maintaining high general education standards. Students will need to work closely with an academic advisor at Oregon Coast in designing their individual degree plan of study. At least 24 of the credits earned for the AGS must be taken at Oregon Coast Community College.

Please note: Students planning to transfer to a public four-year institution within Oregon should complete the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer AAOT degree, which is articulated statewide with the Oregon University System four-year colleges and universities.

Complete 36 credits or more from a cluster of related courses you and your advisor identify. Student should identify the cluster of courses as soon as possible after enrollment, but no later than the term prior to the term in which he/she plans to graduate.

Arts and Letters and Social Science Approved Lists

Arts and Letters: 

Courses chosen from the following list:

ART 115, 116, 117 Basic Design I, II, III................................. 3 each

ENG 104 Introduction to Literature-Fiction................................. 3

ENG 105 Introduction to Literature-Drama................................. 3

ENG 106 Introduction to Literature-Poetry................................. 3

ENG 107 World Literature: The Ancient World............................ 3

ENG 108 World Literature: Medieval/Renaissance...................... 3

ENG 109 World Literature: Africa/Asia/Latin America.................. 3

ENG 201, 202, 203 Shakespeare I, II, III............................... 3 each

ENG 204 English Literature: Medieval......................................... 3

ENG 205 English Literature: Renaissance.................................... 3

ENG 206 English Literature: Victorian/Modern............................ 3

ENG 253, 254, 255 Survey of American Literature................ 3 each

PHL 101 Philosophical Problems................................................. 3

PHL 102 Ethics........................................................................... 3

PHL 103 Critical Reasoning.......................................................... 3

SP 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.................................... 3

SP 112 Persuasive Speech.......................................................... 3

SP 115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication................... 3

SP 219 Small Group Discussion................................................... 3

SPAN 201, 202, 203 Second Year Spanish............................ 4 each

WR 240 Creative Writing: Nonfiction.......................................... 3

WR 241 Creative Writing: Fiction................................................ 3

WR 242 Creative Writing: Poetry................................................ 3

Social Science: 

Courses chosen from the following list:

EC 201, 202 Principles of Economics.................................... 4 each

HST 101, 102, 103 History of Western Civilization................. 3 each

HST 104, 105, 106 World History I, II, III............................... 4 each

HST 201, 202, 203 History of the United States.................... 3 each

HST 245 Lewis/Clark Course of Discovery.................................... 3

HST 277 History of the Oregon Trail............................................ 3

PS 201, 202 American Government.................................... 3 each

PS 203 State and Local Government........................................... 3

PS 205 International Politics....................................................... 3

PSY 101 Psychology of Human Relations..................................... 3

PSY 190 Stress Theory and Management.................................... 3

PSY 201, 202, 203 General Psychology................................ 3 each

PSY 215 Introduction to Developmental Psychology................... 3

PSY 216 Social Psychology.......................................................... 3

PSY 219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology............................ 3

PSY 231 Introduction to Human Sexuality................................... 3

SOC 204 General Sociology: Introduction.................................... 3

SOC 205 General Sociology: Social Issues.................................... 3

SOC 225 General Sociology: Social Problems............................... 3

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year. Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice. Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.