General Studies

Did you know that students over the age of 25 increased 42 percent on college campuses in the 21st century?  Are you a working adult with important commitments such as work, career, military, family and children, or all the above, who would like to enroll in college? Are you juggling the competing demands of jobs, families, military or community responsibilities with a plan to succeed?  Working adult learners place a high priority on course flexibility. They want courses to fit with their life and work schedules, and 88 percent of working adult learners place a priority on access – a college that is close to home and offers classes at times that support their full schedules.  The General Studies Program is the most flexible degree program on campus offering  General Education courses and open electives that encourage students to enroll in courses that fit with current or future career plans.  If transfer is part of your plan, 68 percent of students who graduate from CT State with an associate in science degree in General Studies successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

If you have recently graduated from high school or have college credits that you’d like to transfer to CT State Manchester, the General Studies Program may also be your program of choice. General Studies is a concentration that is appropriate for transfer, for employment, and for a self-designed independent course of study.  General Studies students are active learners in the sciences and the arts. The general education requirements of the program provide the foundation for a liberal education.

Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor  or department chair to discuss how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site. Students who plan to transfer to one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College may want to consider the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) transfer pathway degrees rather than the General Studies degree program.

Whatever your plans, the entire Manchester professional community—its faculty, staff and support areas—is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace, and in society.


Kimberly Hamilton Bobrow, Professor
Program  Co-coordinator

Samantha González, Associate Professor
Program Co-coordinator