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Adult Degree Programs: A.S. in General Studies

Program Description

The General Studies program is designed specifically for working adults who have little or no college experience. This program prepares students to advance towards a bachelor’s degree while providing them with the core courses needed for general education.


Program Requirements                     

All students must be responsible for being able to access the Internet, email, and be comfortable with Microsoft Word documents (create, format, and attach).

Degree Format               

  • The General Studies associate degree consists of three sections: General Education, General Electives, and Related Studies.                               
  • Each section requires a number of courses for completion. To fulfill these requirements, courses can either be taken at University of Mount Olive, transferred from another institution, or earned through CLEP/DANTES exams. Some courses have prerequisites that must be completed prior to enrolling in the course.       

Application Process

(Applicants must be 21 years or older)

  • Complete an UMO Admissions Application and submit any official college and/or military transcripts. 
  • Attend an Information Meeting with Admissions and Financial Aid Representatives to review the program and financial aid opportunities.
  • Pay a non-refundable $50 confirmation fee.
  • Meet with Advising and Student Accounts Representatives for an orientation and to register for classes.

Course Format

  • Students enroll in fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Semesters are divided into three, five-week sessions.
  • Seated courses meet one night a week from 6-10 p.m. for five weeks. Online courses are also available.
  • Students may take one or more courses each session in either seated, online or a combination of both formats if they choose.

The General Studies Associate Degree

I. General Education (43-44 semester hours)

12 semester hours in Communication

  • Written Communication (6 sh)
  • Oral Communication (3 sh)
  • Technology/Information Literacy (3 sh)

21 semester hours in Cultural Literacy & Global Awareness

  • Fine Arts (3 sh)
  • History (6 sh)
  • Literature (3 sh)

    Global Citizenship

  • Global Understanding (3 sh)
  • Citizenship (3 sh)
  • Religion (3 sh)

Problem Solving & Analytical Skills (13 sh)
       Critical Thinking and Reasoning

  • Biological/Physical Science (7 sh)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 sh)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 sh)

II. General Electives (18 semester hours)
Any college credit course. May be taken at any time.

Total hours required = 64    

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