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General Studies Exploratory Major - How to Get Started

Mt. Hood Community College is open to all students. We welcome students of all abilities and experience levels. Even if you’re not sure what you want to major in, you must complete the reading, writing, and math placement requirements to start taking classes toward your degree.

Complete the MHCC Application Process

It is easy to get started at MHCC. Simply follow the steps in our new student checklist. These include filling out the admission form, figuring out how to pay for college through programs like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), connecting with our staff to choose classes, and more.

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Applied to MHCC? Here's what to do next

After you have been admitted to MHCC, you will need to take placement tests in reading, writing and math. While there are not placement requirements to get started in this program, placement tests will help you know what classes to enroll in.

 Learn more about college placement testing

Sign up for classes

After completing the placement requirements, you can sign up for classes. First-term students should sign up for these classes: 

  • HD100A College Success (one credit)
    • or HD100C College Success
    • or HD101 On Track for College Success 
  • HD225 Transferring to a Four-Year College (two credits)
  • HD110 Navigating Career Change (one credit)
    • or HD208 Career and Life Planning
  • HD130AT Introduction to Careers: Applied Technology (two credits)
  • HD130HC Introduction to Today's Careers: Health Professions (two credits)

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Additional Program Costs

There are no additional costs to complete this program outside of Mt. Hood Community College tuition, fees, and textbooks.
Textbooks per term range from $100-$500, and can be purchased online through the college bookstore.

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Have questions about the General Studies Exploratory Major Program?

Read General Studies Exploratory Major Frequently Asked Questions

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