Within your academic major or specialized curricula, UMGC's degree programs incorporate core and program-specific competencies known as general education requirements.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

General Education Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees

Total: 41 Credits

Recommendations for fulfilling general education requirements are provided for each bachelor's degree.

Any course that may be applied toward a general education requirement is considered a general education elective. Credit applied to general education requirements may not also be applied toward major, minor, or elective requirements. Courses applied to meet general education requirements may not be taken pass/fail.

Research and Computing Literacy | 7 Credits

  • Professional and Career Exploration course (3 credits), which should preferably be taken within the first 6 credits; the following courses apply:
    • PACE 111B
    • PACE 111C
    • PACE 111M
    • PACE 111P
    • PACE 111S
    • PACE 111T
  • LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or a one-credit general education elective
  • One course in computing or information technology (3 credits)

Unless otherwise specified, courses designated CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, and SDEV, along with ACCT 326, apply to these requirements. Refer to your specific major for exact requirements and recommendations.

Note: Excess credit earned in fulfilling any general education requirement (e.g. by taking a 4-credit course where only 3 credits are required) may be applied toward the research and computing literacy requirement.

Communication | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing may be earned through credit by examination.

  • WRTG 111 or another writing course (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • All 3-credit WRTG courses (except WRTG 288, WRTG 388, WRTG 486A, or WRTG 486B)
    • COMM 390
    • COMM 492
    • ENGL 102
    • JOUR 201
  • WRTG 112
    Must be completed with a grade of C- or better within the first 24 credits. May not be earned through Prior Learning (Portfolio or Course Challenge) assessment.
  • A course in communication, writing, or speech (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • All 3-credit COMM, SPCH, and WRTG courses (except those numbered 486A and 486B)
    • ENGL 102
    • ENGL 281
    • JOUR 201
  • An upper-level advanced writing course (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • WRTG 391
    • WRTG 393
    • WRTG 394

Mathematics | 3 Credits

Must be completed within the first 24 credits. A prerequisite is required for MATH 108, MATH 140, and any higher-numbered MATH or STAT courses. Check individual majors for recommended math courses and related requirements.

  • One 3-credit course chosen from the following:
    • MATH 105
    • MATH 107
    • MATH 115
    • MATH 140
    • STAT 200
    • A mathematics course approved by the department

Arts and Humanities | 6 Credits

  • Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following courses and disciplines:
    • Any ARTH, ARTT, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language course
    • An ASTD course (depending on course content)
    • Any ENGL course, with the exception of ENGL 281 and ENGL 384

Behavioral and Social Sciences | 6 Credits

  • Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following courses and disciplines:
    • AASP 201
    • Any ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY course
    • An ASTD course (depending on course content)
    • CCJS 100
    • CCJS 105
    • CCJS 350
    • CCJS 360
    • CCJS 461
    • Any GERO course, with the exception of GERO 342 and GERO 351
    • WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences | 7 Credits

  • A science lecture course (3 credits) with related laboratory course (1 credit) or a science course combining lecture and laboratory (4 credits)
  • Any other science course (3 credits)

Courses from the following disciplines may satisfy both requirements: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, NUTR, or PHYS. Science courses in other disciplines may also satisfy these requirements.

General Education Requirements for Associate's Degrees

The general education requirements for the associate's degree programs—only offered to the military—generally correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with the following exceptions: The upper-level advanced writing course is not required and the Research and Computing Literacy requirement consists of LIBS 150 and either IFSM 201 or CMST 301.

Undergraduate Degrees

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