Associate in Arts programs consist of a broad range of general studies in the humanities, behavioral sciences, business, natural sciences, mathematics and technology with program options to focus on more specialized fields of interest. These options lead to the Associate in Arts degree and transfer status as a junior at many four-year colleges and universities. Many professions, including law, medicine, economics, education, and human services require a strong liberal arts background. Our programs are designed to provide a strong foundation in liberal studies that will enable you to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at other institutions.
By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.
Our career degree programs consist of specialized education, which may include studies in humanities, behavioral sciences, business, natural sciences, mathematics and technology, in addition to studies in specific career fields. Career degree programs lead to the Associate in Science degree and are designed to prepare you for employment in a variety of career areas, as well as to enable you in many cases to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at other institutions. Work closely with your academic advisor in selecting your courses, especially if you intend to transfer to a four-year school.
Certificate programs consist of specialized education in specific career fields, without the general education coursework required for a degree, and can generally be completed in one year of full-time study. We have designed our certificate programs to prepare you for early employment and/or to improve your specific job skills. You must complete at least 15 credits or two-thirds of the credit hours required for a certificate program (whichever is less) at GCC. In many cases, the courses required to complete a certificate may be used to fulfill requirements for an associate degree in the same field. These “stackable” certificates can earn you a valuable credential even before you’ve completed your degree!
Please note: Due to the sequence in which certificate course requirements are offered, completion of these programs within the normal time frame is not always possible if you begin your studies in January.
- Addiction Studies Certificate
- Adventure Education Degree
- Art/Visual Arts Degree
- Biology Degree
- Chemistry Degree
- Computer Science Degree
- Contemporary Music Studies Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Criminal Justice Degree
- Early Childhood Education Degree
- Early Childhood Education Certificate
- Education Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Engineering Science Degree
- English Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Environmental Conservation Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Farm and Food Systems Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Fire Science Technology Degree
- Health Science Liberal Arts Degree Option
- History Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Human Services Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Liberal Arts Degree
- Management Certificate
- Mathematics Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Medical Assistant Certificate
- Music Recording & Production Certificate
- Nursing Degree
- Outdoor Leadership Certificate
- Paramedic Certificate
- Plant and Soil Science Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Practical Nursing Certificate
- Pre-Nursing Certificate
- Theater Liberal Arts Degree Option
- Visual Arts Certificate
- Web Development and Design Certificate
- World Language – French Certificate
- World Language – Spanish Certificate