2020-2021 Catalog

General Studies, Associate of Science

General Studies students earn degrees by studying a broad, interdisciplinary series of courses rather than a defined departmental curriculum. The design of the general studies degree programs allows students to assemble their own interdisciplinary academic program, which may be narrowly focused or contain a wide spectrum of curricular elements. The curriculum is designed to provide maximum flexibility and meet the particular educational objectives of each student. These degrees give a unique opportunity to develop a multi-disciplinary and carefully focused course of study, which fulfills traditional university requirements while meeting each student’s specific goals for a college degree.

The Associate of Science in General Studies is a flexible, two-year program that introduces students to a given field and prepares them for entry-level positions or seamless continuation to a Bachelor’s degree program at City University of Seattle. No prior post-secondary study is necessary to enroll in the program, and it is wholly compatible with, and transferable to, further undergraduate study at City University of Seattle and elsewhere.

A substantial exposure to general education is required. Students with prior college credits or formal non-collegiate training are provided the opportunity to transfer up to 65 lower-division credits.

The Associate of Science in General Studies will prepare students to:

  • Integrate resources and evidence to develop to communicate concise and consistent messages
  • Apply principles of critical thinking to identify, categorize, and analyze issues to develop sound and logical conclusions.

  • Identify and integrate ethical issues, based on individual and organizational values and apply principles in decision-making.

  • Synthesize diverse perspectives within a global context to develop an appreciation for and explain differences in behaviors and practices of individuals, organizations, and communities.

  • Connect academic learning with professional experience to expand professional identity.


City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, apply to this program. 

Total Required Credits (90 Credits)*

General Education (30 Credits)

College Composition


College Mathematics***




Social Sciences


Natural Science/Math




General Studies Core (25 Credits)

SSC 107Introduction to International Studies (SS)


SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (SS)


HUM 105Introduction to Critical Thinking (HU)


MATH 110Introduction to Data and Statistics (NS)


GS 295Associate Degree Capstone


Program Courses (35 Credits)

Courses are selected by the student (in consultation with their advisor) or may be transferred into the program.

*A minimum of 25 credits must be taken from City University of Seattle, other credits may be transferred into the program.

**Choose from one of the General Education disciplines listed above.

***This program requires MATH 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) or higher.

General Studies: Military Only, Associate of Science

In addition to City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, students in this program must also meet the requirements listed below:

  • Must be active duty military. 

Additional program information:

  • May transfer up to 85 of the required 90 credits for this program.
  • Must take GS 295 as a required capstone with City University of Seattle. 


Capstone Course (5 Credits)

GS 295Associate Degree Capstone


*** This program requires MATH 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) or higher.