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The Associate of General Studies degree requires the completion 60 credit hours. Students whose career, major, or transfer intent is uncertain may elect to pursue this degree. This degree allows students to uniquely design an associate’s degree with more flexibility in the selection of courses. These courses may be taken from a variety of subject areas with no specific area of emphasis. Students are encouraged to develop their degree plan in conjunction with an academic advisor. Students electing to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities with an AGS degree will have their coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the university to which they transfer. These students may wish to also complete the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) certificate to ensure the acceptance of their general education coursework as a block transfer of general education requirements.

Twenty-eight credit hours of coursework in this degree are concentrated in general education. The general education curriculum of this degree program is divided into three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content orientation of academic disciplines. The intent is to give the student a firm grounding in the processes and content of general education and to facilitate lifelong learning.

Three credit hours of communications coursework and 29 credit hours of major and elective studies are required for this degree.

 

General Educational Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education (28 credits)
  A.  Foundation Studies (9 credits)
       1.  College Composition I and II (6)
ENG101 College Composition I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ENG 101. College Composition I (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoENG 1101. Composing expository and argumentative essays for specific audiences. Emphasis on the processes of writing, reading and critical thinking. Introduction to research and documentation. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the English skills assessment; or a grade of "C" or better in ENG 100. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Focus
2. Development strategies
3. Voice
4. Organization
5. Details
6. Sentence Structure
7. Language
8. Sources and Documentation
9. Surface Features
10. Critical Reading
11. Critical Thinking

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Write focus statements. (1)
2. Apply reasoned development strategies. (2, 11) (WC 2)
3. Select and apply voice. (3, 11)
4. Use organizational strategies. (1, 2, 4, 6, 11). (WC 2)
5. Use and select details. (5, 7, 11)
6. Apply sentence structure strategies. (4, 6, 7) (WC 3)
7. Incorporate purposeful, varied and appropriate vocabulary. (1, 3, 5, 7, 11) (WC 3)
8. Locate, evaluate, integrate, and document information. (2, 8, 10, 11) (WC 1)
9. Apply conventions of standard written English. (7, 9, 10) (WC 3)
10. Evaluate and analyze professional and student writing. (7, 8, 10, 11)
11. Use persuasive reasoning. (2,4,7,11) (WC 2)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. A minimum of 4500 words of student writing.

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OR ENG103 College Composition I Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ENG 103. College Composition I Honors (3). Composing expository and argumentative essays for specific audiences. Emphasis on the processes of writing, reading, and critical thinking. Advanced English 101 content and learning activities. Introduction to research and documentation. Prerequisite: Placement by English skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Focus
2. Development strategies
3. Voice
4. Organization
5. Details
6. Sentence structure
7. Language
8. Sources and documentation
9. Surface features
10.Critical reading
11.Critical thinking

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Write focus statements. (1)
2. Apply reasoned development strategies. (2,11) (WC 2)
3. Select and apply voice. (3,11)
4. Use organizational strategies. (1,2,4,6,11) (WC 2)
5. Use and select details. (5,7,11)
6. Apply sentence structure strategies. (4,6,7). (WC 3)
7. Incorporate purposeful, varied and appropriate vocabulary. (1,3,5,7,11)
8. Locate, evaluate, integrate, and document information. (2,8,10,11) (WC 1)
9. Apply conventions of standard written English. (7,9,10) (WC 3)
10. Evaluate and analyze professional and student writing. (7,8,10,11)
11. Use persuasive reasoning. (2,3,7,11)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. A minimum of 4500 words of student writing.

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ENG102 College Composition II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ENG 102. College Composition II (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoENG 1102. Extensive critical reading and writing about texts. Emphasis on fluency in critical writing. Includes research skills and writing a critical, documented essay. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG103. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Focus
2. Development strategies
3. Voice
4. Organization
5. Details
6. Sentence structure
7. Multiple meanings and perspectives in language
8. Sources and documentation
9. Surface features
10. Text interpretation and analysis
11. Critical reading

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Write focus statements. (1)
2. Apply reasoned development strategies. (2) (WC 2)
3. Select and apply voice. (3)
4. Use organizational strategies. (1, 2, 4, 6, 10) (WC 2)
5. Use and select details. (5, 7, 10)
6. Apply sentence structure strategies. (4, 6) (WC 3)
7. Identify and evaluate multiple meanings and perspectives in language. (7, 10)
8. Locate, evaluate, integrate, and document information. (2, 8, 10) (WC 1)
9. Apply conventions of standard written English. (7, 9, 10) (WC 3)
10. Interpret and analyze texts. (7, 8, 10)
11. Evaluate and analyze professional and student writing. (11)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. A minimum of 5000 words of evaluated student writing.

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OR ENG104 College Composition II Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ENG 104. College Composition II Honors (3). Extensive critical reading and writing about texts, including literature. Emphasis on fluency in critical writing. Advanced English 102 content and learning activities. Includes research skills and writing a critical, documented essay. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or ENG 101 and placement by English skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Focus
2. Development strategies
3. Voice
4. Organization
5. Details
6. Sentence Structure
7. Multiple meanings and perspectives in language
8. Sources and Documentation
9. Surface Features
10. Text interpretation and analysis
11. Critical Reading

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Write focus statements. (1)
2. Apply reasoned development strategies. (2) (WC 2)
3. Select and apply voice. (3)
4. Use organizational strategies. (1, 2, 4, 6, 10) (WC 2)
5. Use and select details. (5, 7, 10)
6. Apply sentence structure strategies. (4, 6) (WC 3)
7. Identify and evaluate multiple meanings and perspectives in language. (7, 10)
8. Locate, evaluate, integrate, and document information. (2, 8, 10) (WC 1)
9. Apply conventions of standard written English. (7, 9, 10) (WC 3)
10. Interpret and analyze texts. (7, 8, 10)
11. Evaluate and analyze professional and student writing. (11)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. A minimum of 5000 words of student writing.

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       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
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Quantitative Literacy Courses

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  B.  Core Studies (6 credits)
       1.  Historical Perspective (3 credits)
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Historical Perspective (AGEC) Courses

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       2.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
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Critical Thinking (AGEC) Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the critical thinking (agec) component of this degree.

  C.  Area Studies (13 credits)
      1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
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Physical & Biological Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the physical & biological science component of this degree.

       2.  Arts and Humanities AND Behavioral and Social Science (9 credits)
       Select Option a or b:
a.  Arts and Humanities (3 credits)
 
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Arts & Humanities (AGEC) Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the arts & humanities (agec) component of this degree.

     Behavioral Science (3 credits)
 
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Behavioral Science (AGEC) Courses

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     Social Science (3 credits)
 
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Social Science (AGEC) Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the social science (agec) component of this degree.

b.  Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
 
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Arts & Humanities (AGEC) Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the arts & humanities (agec) component of this degree.

     Behavioral Science (3 credits)
 
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Behavioral Science (AGEC) Courses

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OR      Social Science (3 credits)
 
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Social Science (AGEC) Courses

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II.  Communications Requirement (3 credits)
COM100 Intro Human Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
COM 100. Introduction to Human Communication (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoCOM 1100. Introduction to the essential elements of human communication and behavior, with emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, public communication, and oral communication skills important to personal and professional settings. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Contemporary and historical theories of the dynamics and processes of human communication
2. Perception
3. Use of language
4. Nonverbal messages
5. Conflict management
6. Concepts and theories of listening
7. Interpersonal communication and relationship dynamics
8. Dynamic group communication
9. Intercultural communication
10. Gender communication
11. Basic public speaking

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use listening skills and oral presentations as modes of discovery, reflection, and understanding and sustained disciplined reasoning. (6,11)
2. Generate organized and logical speaking that responds to the demands of a specific rhetorical situation. (1,11)
3. Use precision in writing, speaking, and thinking and express awareness of the power and variety of language. (3,6,11)
4. Identify both the conscious and unconscious use of written, verbal and nonverbal communication. (4)
5. Identify and interpret discourse in specific communication environments. (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
6. Express awareness of multiple meanings and perspectives of communication in both interpersonal and group/team situations. (2,7,8)
7. Evaluate communication theories for a variety of cultural contexts. (9)
8. Formulate and deliver effective oral presentations. (11)
9. Design simple, effective messages for a mass communication context (i.e., advertising and public relations). (8,11)
10. Analyze the impact of new communication technologies on human communication. (1)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. 1,500 words of monitored writing and submission of a portfolio

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OR COM131 Fund Speech Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
COM 131. Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3). Study of the essential elements of oral communication, with major emphasis on public speaking. Includes use of multimedia technologies for presentations. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Communication Discipline
2. Basic Rhetoric
3. Speech Structure
4. Content Development
5. Speech Preparation
6. Speech Anxiety
7. Delivery Techniques and Styles
8. Listening
9. Multicultural Communication
10. Speech Analysis
11. Communication Ethics
12. Audience Analysis.
13. Public Speaking in Group Environments
14. Individual Research Project

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use listening skills and oral presentations as modes of discovery, reflection, understanding and sustained disciplined reasoning.(3-8)
2. Generate organized, logical communication appropriate to the needs of a specific communication environment (2,5,7)
3. Use precise writing, speaking and listening for a variety of audiences and purposes. (5,7,8,10,12)
4. Identify both the conscious and unconscious use of written, verbal and nonverbal communication. (10,12)
5. Identify and interpret discourse in specific communication environments.(9,11,12,13,14)
6. Express awareness of multiple meanings and perspectives of communication.(1, 2, 9,10)
7. Analyze audience and topic choice for various speaking situations(5,10,12)
8. Write full-sentence and speaking outlines. (4,5)
9. Identify and manage the causes of speech anxiety. (6)
10. Analyze speeches for use of stylistic and rhetorical devices, and implement the use of such devices in speeches. (2,3,10)
11. Implement strategies for delivery of messages to a variety of audiences, using a variety of visual aids (including multimedia technologies). (7,12,13,14)

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OR COM134 Interpersonal Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
COM 134. Interpersonal Communication (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoCOM 1110. Build healthy personal and professional relationships. Includes listening, coping with criticism, resolving conflicts, managing emotions, nonverbal communication, and developing empathy for gender and cultural differences. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Perception of self and others
2. Self-awareness and self-acceptance
3. Irrational thinking and debilitative emotions
4. Responding to others: listening and feedback
5. Concrete versus abstract language
6. Communicating without words: nonverbal communication
7. Building positive relationships
8. Self-disclosure in relationships
9. Overcoming barriers and resolving conflicts
10. Assertiveness and aggression
11. Gender and cultural issues in a complex, diverse society

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use listening skills and oral presentations as modes of discovery, reflection, understanding and sustained disciplined reasoning. (4, 9)
2. Generate organized, logical communication appropriate to the needs of a specific communication environment. ( 1,3,4,7,8,10)
3. Use precise writing, speaking and listening for a variety of audiences and purposes.(5, 9, 10)
4. Identify both the conscious and unconscious use of written, verbal and nonverbal communication. (2,5, 6,7)
5. Identify and interpret discourse in specific communication environments. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 11)
6. Express awareness of multiple meanings and perspectives of communication.(1,11)
7. Differentiate between the use of concrete and abstract language. (5)
8. Identify skills for building positive relationships. (7,8)
9. Implement strategies for recognizing and managing the cause of conflict in relationships. (9,10)
10. Differentiate between stereotypes and legitimate differences in communication styles, based on gender and cultural background (11)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Written journal, minimum of 1,500 word entries.

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OR COM200 Communication Theory

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
COM 200. Communication Theory (3). Introduction to the systematic conceptualization of the communication process: its elements, dynamics, origins, outcomes, functions, and values. Emphasis on psychological, social cultural, mediated, ethical, and political implications of communication processes. Includes prominent communication theories relating to relationships, groups, organizations, ethnicity, race, and gender. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Basic paradigms of human communication theory
2. Communication theories
3. Communication research studies
4. Relationships between communication theory and practice in the context of everyday life
5. Epistemology, Ontology and Axiology Theories

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define epistemology, ontology, and axiology and how they differ in the social scientific, interpretive, and critical paradigms. (1,5)
2. Identify paradigms related to communication theories. (1,5)
3. Conduct research in the area of communication and identify important concepts by summarizing findings. (1-5)
4. Apply communication theory to our everyday lives through personal examples, popular culture, and current events. (1-4)
5. Discuss how communication theory relates to ethnicity, race, and gender. (1, 3, 4)

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OR COM271 Small Group Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
COM 271. Small Group Communication (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoCOM 2271. Examination of the principles and processes of group communication as a vehicle for solving problems, reaching decisions and making recommendations. Students will study and practice the theories, behaviors and processes of group communication. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Group communication theory
2. Group and group processes
3. Group concepts
4. Group climate
5. Decision making and problem solving theories and strategies
6. Leadership theories and strategies
7. Technology and teams

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply theories and principles of group communication (1,2,7)
2. Apply and identify group problem solving and decision making strategies (5)
3. Evaluate group processes and behavior (2,4)
4. Apply leadership and group participation skills (3,6)
5. Identify and apply available technologies for virtual meetings (7)

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III.  Major and Elective Studies (29 credits)   1
1 - Students who are exploring options related to occupational goals should select 100- or 200-level courses related to that interest. Students who are exploring options related to transfer goals should consider completing one of the associate degrees that fulfill the Arizona General Education Curriculum requirements.

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