Associates Degree in General Studies (AGS)

The Associate in General Studies (AGS) Degree is a highly individualized degree that provides students with the opportunity to have a hand in designing their own associate degree program that may include both transfer and occupational courses. This degree has minimal general education requirements thus allowing considerable flexibility in designing and pursuing a course of study that meets individualized learning goals.

All students considering this degree must meet with a faculty counselor to determine suitability. Students are advised that the AGS degree is not considered a transfer degree and may or may not transfer, all or in part, to senior institutions.

Students should note that his degree does not fulfill the requirements of IAI (Illinois Articulation Initiative) General Education Core Curriculum.

All students interested in earning an Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree from South Suburban College must complete the requirements for one of the five application categories listed below:

  1. For all Associate Degree programs, students who have not attended another Illinois college or university must submit official high school, GED transcripts.
  2. Students who have attended other colleges or universities will be required to submit an official high school or GED transcript and/or official college or university transcripts. Students who have earned an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at an accredited Illinois college or university are only required to submit official college transcripts.
  3. Students currently attending South Suburban College who are changing their curriculum to that of an Associate degree must submit official high school/GED transcripts indicating graduation, and college/university transcripts, if they have attended another college or university.
  4. Students who have previously submitted an admission application and all transcripts, and whose attendance at SSC has been interrupted for a period of one year or more, may be readmitted to the college by completing a new admission application form. Students who are applying and have attended another college since they were last enrolled at SSC must submit official college transcripts.
  5. Students who were academically dismissed from the college must petition for readmission and see a faculty counselor.
    • Official transcripts consist of documents sent directly from the educational institution or agency to SSC, or transcripts hand delivered in an official envelope sealed at the prior institution(s) indicating a graduation date.
    • Students applying for admission to a baccalaureate transfer program must meet certain minimum high school course requirements under Illinois Public Act 86-0954.

The Associate in General Studies degree is not considered to be a transferable degree. It is designed for students earning a two-year degree for career advancement and personal growth. The AGS is designed to serve a multitude of student populations, including but not limited to incumbent workers whose employers are requiring a degree for advancement, displaced workers fulfilling additional educational/career goals while seeking a degree for improved employment opportunities, or veterans seeking to return to the workforce by earning an associate degree that allows awarding of credit for military experience. Not all elective courses at South Suburban College are intended for transfer. It is recommended that students considering this degree meet with a faculty counselor to determine suitability.


The general education requirements for the Associate in General Studies degree consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours of credit. The minimum area requirements for the 21 semester hours are as follows:

Communications (1) Semester Hours
ENG 101 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (2)
Choose one course from each of the following areas in Humanities:
DRM 152, ENG 103, ENG 104, ENG 111, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 204, ENG 206, ENG 208, HFA 158, HFA 201, HFA 202, HFA 203, HUM 210, PHL 101, PHL 102, PHL 103, PHL 105, SPN 204
Choose one course from each of the following areas in Fine Art:
ART 105, ART 106, ART 107, ART 219, DRM 151, DRM 155, HFA 108, HFA 109, HFA 158, HFA 201, HFA 202, HFA 203, MUS 123, MUS 223
Social and Behavioral Science (2)
Choose one course from two of the following disciplines:
ANT 101, ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 103, GEO 104, HIS 109, HIS 110, HIS 203, HIS 204, HIS 271, PSC 101, PSC 102, PSC 210, PSY 101, PSY 211, PSY 212, SOC 101, SOC 102, SOC 205
Mathematics (1)
Choose one course from the following:
MTH 115, MTH 126, MTH 146, MTH 161, MTH 180, MTH 190, MTH 203, MTH 204, MTH 211
Physical and Life Science (1)
Choose one course from the following disciplines:
Physical Sciences

AST 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, CHM 113, GLG 101, PHS 101, PHY 101, PHY 210
Life Sciences:
BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 105, BIO 152
3 to 5
College Level Electives (39)
SPE 108 (Highly) Recommended 3
Minimum for AGS Degree 60

(Describe the policies for acceptance of credit in transfer and awarding of credit for noncredit or non-collegiate activity.)

  1. Transfer credit must be from an institution of higher education as recognized by a regional accreditation organization at the time when credit was earned.
  2. Credit which is applied to SSC’s transcript is subject to all Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines with the exception of the AGS degree, which is not considered a transfer degree.
  3. Credit earned through the Educational Competency Evaluation Program (ECEP) may not be applied to the AA, AS, AFA, or AES degree at SSC.
  4. ECEP credit may be applicable toward the AGS and certain AAS degrees. See the program coordinator for more information regarding credit applicability for the AAS degree.

Faculty counselors meet with all of the new students to review the policy related to acceptance of credit in transfer and awarding of credit for noncredit activity.