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General Studies

GENERAL STUDIES IN LIBERAL ARTS Associate of Arts Degree 2005-2006 Catalog

The General Studies program is designed for students desiring a liberal arts education and those who are planning to transfer to a fouryear institution to major in a liberal arts or education field.

Program Course # 1301

Course Title English Compositi on I History1 Effective Learning-Strategies for College Success Career Exploratio n/Planning Natural Science2 Oral Communic ation3 English Compositi on II United States History II History of Texas Personal Computing Natural Science2 Visual and Performing Arts2 United States Governme nt Foreign Language4 Mathemat

Sem Hrs. 3 3 OR

Sem Taken


College (If not ACC)



4 3 3 OR

1302+ 1302 2301 1301

3 4 3-4 3


4-5 3




ics2 Introducti on to Psycholog y Introducti on to Sociology Humanitie s2 Texas State and Local Governme nt Foreign Language4 Humanitie s2 Unrestrict ed Elective


3-4 3

4-5 3 3

Select from: HIST 1301, HIST 2301, HIST 2327, or HIST 2381. HIST 2301 and HIST 2381 may only be taken once. Select from the appropriate section of the Core Curriculum Course List. 3 Select any Speech course from Communications in the Core Curriculum Course List. 4 Must be from the same language taken in the previous semester. + Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.
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Final approval of degree plan for graduation is provided by the Admissions Office. Application for graduation must be on file in the Admissions Office before the published deadline of the student’s final semester. The ACC Catalog contains important information about graduation.

COSC 1301 PERSONAL COMPUTING (3-2-2). A hands-on course for the development of skills needed to

use personal computer systems for business, individual, and educational applications. Learn word processing, database management, spreadsheet development, and how to use the operating system. Keyboarding skills are not required, but are helpful. May not be applied toward a CSC degree. Fee: $12 Skills: R

learning and self-management principles and practices that increase a student's success in college and life. Drawing from cognitive, affective, and behavioral theories in psychology, students examine the factors which impact their learning, select relevant methods of deepening their learning and thinking processes, and developing self-regulation strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of their efforts. Formerly titled Creative Learning: Keys to College Success. Skills: E

ENGL 1301 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (3-3-0). A study of the principles of composition with emphasis on

language, the mechanics of writing, the types of discourse, and research and documentation. Skills: E

ENGL 1302 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (3-3-0). A continuation of English 1301 with emphasis on analysis

of readings in prose fiction. Skills: E Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 or equivalent with minimum grade of "C".
GOVT 2305 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (3-3-0). This course is an introduction to United States

national government. The course includes a framework for understanding United States government and politics and the constitutional basis for the processes, the institutions, and the policies of United States government and politics. Minorities EmphasisThis course views national government through the perspectives of its political cultures. Four groups are identified and studied: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. Study of the United States Constitution and the institutions and processes of the United States government are an integral part of this course. Skills: E
GOVT 2306 TEXAS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3-3-0). This course is an introduction to Texas

state and local government. The course includes an introduction to a framework for analyzing Texas government and politics and the constitutional basis for the processes, the institutions, and the policies of Texas government and politics. Land Use Emphasis This course is an introduction to Texas state and local government with an emphasis on land use policy. The course includes the powers and practices of local governments in controlling land use. Topics include annexation, extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), the legal issue of "takings," eminent domain, zoning, Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), environmental impact considerations, subdivision ordinances, and deed restrictions. This course substitutes for GOVT 2306 for degree and graduation requirements. Skills: E
HIST 1302 UNITED STATES HISTORY II (3-3-0). A study of the history of the United States from 1877 to

present. Skills: E

HIST 2301 HISTORY OF TEXAS (3-3-0). A survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and

intellectual development of Texas from prehistoric time to the present with attention given to ethnic minorities. Counts toward U.S. History requirement or as an elective. Skills: E
POFT 1310 CAREER EXPLORATION/PLANNING (3-3-0). An introduction to the process of career decision-

making, educational planning, and job searching. Topics include analyzing personal career interests, values, and aptitudes; surveying and researching career fields with related educational and training requirements; practicing the decision-making process; and basic job search skills such as completing applications, writing letters of application, developing and using resumes and interviewing. Skills: R
PSYC 2301 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3-3-0). Survey of introductory topics such as learning,

memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, physiological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology, and research methods. Additional topics such as language development, states of consciousness, and psychotherapy may also be included as determined by the instructor. The Honors course provides a more in-depth introduction to the science and profession of psychology with emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills as they relate to the analysis and discussion of research and controversial issues in psychology. Skills: E
SOCI 1301 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3-3-0). Introduction to theoretical perspectives and research

pertaining to society and to the relationship between society and the individual. Covers the basic elements of society, such as culture, social structure, social groups, social class, race, gender, social institutions, social processes, and social change. For the Honors course, there will be an in-depth examination of these topics and the underlying theories, with emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills. Skills: E

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