The general studies program in the College of Adult & Professional Studies encompasses the courses that all students are required to take. General education courses are categorized into six goal areas corresponding to the goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. However, use of parallel categories is not intended to imply that courses would be accepted in transfer to another school to meet the same goal areas.

Goal Area 1 Communication
Goal Area 2 Critical Thinking
Goal Area 3 Natural Sciences
Goal Area 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
Goal Area 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Goal Area 6 The Humanities and Fine Arts

In each required course under these themes, students work on one or more of the personal capacities, such as mathematics, writing, and speaking. These general education requirements, courses in one’s major field, and elective courses that students select constitute the total CAPS academic program and result in a minimum of 60 semester credits for graduation with an associate degree or 122 semester credits for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.  Credits earned at a higher level may be counted toward required credit minimums.

Associate of Arts Degree

General education and electives 60 semester credit hours
Required to Graduate 60 semester credit hours

Associate of Science Degree

General education and electives 30 semester credit hours
Major 30 semester credit hours
Required to graduate 60 semester credit hours

Baccalaureate Degree

Core, General education, and electives 71-89 semester credit hours
Major 33-51 semester credit hours
Required to graduate 122 semester credit hours

Students may take more than the minimum of 60 or 122 credits required to graduate. Additional elective credits are created when a course satisfies more than one requirement. This does not reduce the total credits required for graduation.

Minors: Though not required, many students choose to complete a minor to pursue an area of interest or to complement their baccalaureate major. Students may choose to use their elective credits toward the minor or take additional credits. Students may not earn a minor in a program in which they are earning or have earned a major or certificate except where specifically noted in the Academic Programs and Disciplines section of this catalog.