Choose from a wide range of courses within the general curriculum of the Associate of Arts.

Explore several disciplines within the Associate of Arts program with a general curriculum at University of Maryland Global Campus. Our admissions advisors can help you select courses to align with your personal interests and future educational and career plans.

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.

Military-Specific Details

This program is only available to

  • Active-duty military servicemembers
  • Selected reservists
  • National Guard members
  • Commissioned Corps members of the U.S. Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Spouses or dependent children of any servicemember noted above
  • Veterans and their spouses or dependent children

About the Associate of Arts in General Studies

In the general curriculum, you may choose related courses from several disciplines, explore several interests at once, or choose a variety of courses from UMGC's offerings. The responsibility for developing a curriculum that meets your intended learning outcomes is yours. You are encouraged to seek assistance from academic advisors in arranging your curriculum as appropriate to your personal interests and future educational plans.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, well-organized manner
  • Conduct academic research
  • Think critically

Specializations

Accounting

Required Courses

  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • Any ACCT or FINC courses (9 credits)
  • Accounting or business courses (9 credits) chosen from the following:
    • BMGT 110
    • BMGT 380
    • BMGT 381
    • BMGT 496
    • CMIS 102
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • IFSM 300
    • MRKT 310
    • STAT 200
      (if not applied to general education requirements)
    • Any ACCT or FINC courses
  • Elective course (1 credit)

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • WRTG 293 or other communication, writing, or speech course (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in accounting)

Mathematics

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in accounting)

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Business and Management

Required Courses

  • BMGT 110
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • 12 credits of business courses chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT, BMGT, CMIS, ECON, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, IFSM, or MRKT courses
    • Any 3-credit CMST course(s)
    • STAT 200
      (if not applied to general education requirements)
    • PSYC 321
  • Elective courses (4 credits): Courses that may be applicable to the BS in business administration recommended

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in business administration)

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 201
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in business administration)
  • ECON 203
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in business administration)

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Computer Studies

Required Courses

  • CMIS 102 or any programming language course
  • Computer studies–related courses (12 credits) chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV courses
  • Elective courses (10 credits): Courses that may be applicable to a BS in a computing field recommended

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • MATH 107 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Criminal Justice

Required Courses

  • Any CCJS courses (12 credits)
  • Elective courses (13 credits): Courses that may be applicable to the BS in criminal justice recommended

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Language Area Studies

Required Courses

  • Language core courses (12 credits): Sequential courses in a single language, usually numbered 111–112, 114–115, or 211–212
  • Related area studies courses (12 credits): Any courses in the culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics of the area (see specific courses for each language area)
  • Elective course (1 credit)

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course 
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Legal Studies

Management Studies

Required Courses

  • Management-related courses (15 credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT, BMGT, CMIS, CMST, ECON, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, IFSM, and MRKT courses
    • PSYC 321
    • COMM 390
  • Elective courses (10 credits): Courses that may be applicable to the BS in management studies recommended

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in management studies)

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Mathematics

Required Courses

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • MATH 241
  • MATH 340 or MATH 246
  • STAT 200
  • Mathematics-related course (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT or FINC course
    • CHEM 103
    • CHEM 113
    • CMIS 102
    • CMSC 150
    • CMIS 242
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • ECON 430
    • ECON 440
    • Any MATH course numbered 108 or higher
    • Any math-based physics course
  • Elective courses (3–4 credits)

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • MATH 107 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Psychology

Required Courses

  • PSYC 100
  • PSYC 321 or another PSYC course
  • PSYC 335 or another PSYC course
  • PSYC 351 or another PSYC course
  • PSYC 353 or another PSYC course
  • Elective courses (10 credits); courses that may be applicable to the Bachelor of Science in psychology are recommended

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • CMST 301 or IFSM 201

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in psychology)

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Women's Studies

Required Courses

  • WMST 200
  • Women's studies–related courses (15 credits) chosen from the following:
    • BEHS 220
    • BEHS 343
    • BEHS 453
    • ENGL 250
    • GERO 311
    • PSYC 338
    • SOCY 325
    • SOCY 443
    • SOCY 462
    • SPCH 324
  • Elective courses (7 credits)

General Education Requirements

Research and Computing Literacy

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Mathematics

  • MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Associate's Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken through UMGC. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can earn a second associate degree with coursework in or related to a different academic core area. You must have received the first associate degree to be eligible to begin the second. For a second associate degree, you must complete at least 15 credits of new coursework with UMGC (including at least 9 credits in the core or core-related area, depending on the degree program). The new 15 credits must be uniquely applicable to the second AA curriculum. Before beginning work toward a second associate degree, you must request an academic advisement report. You may not earn two degrees at the same level at the same time using the same credit. Consult an academic advisor for more information on earning a second bachelor’s degree.



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