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 University College. 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 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Associate of Arts in General Studies

The curriculum features courses in writing, research, mathematics, technology, and economics.

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
      (recommended if you have no prior business experience)
    • BMGT 380
    • BMGT 381
    • BMGT 496
    • CMIS 102
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • IFSM 300
    • MRKT 310
    • STAT 200
    • Any ACCT or FINC courses
  • Elective course (1 credit)

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

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

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201
    (related requirement for the Bachelor of Science in accounting)

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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

  • Business courses (15 credits) chosen from the following:
    • BMGT 110
    • ACCT 220
    • ACCT 221
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • STAT 200
  • Business courses (6 credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT, BMGT, CMIS, ECON, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, IFSM, or MRKT courses
    • Any 3-credit CMST course(s)
    • PSYC 321
  • Elective courses (4 credits): Courses that may be applicable to the BS in business administration recommended

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course 
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

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

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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 Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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 Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course 
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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 and 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 Course 

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101 
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course 
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses 

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses 

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course 

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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
    • STAT 200
    • COMM 390
  • Elective courses (10 credits): Courses that may be applicable to the BS in management studies recommended

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to related requirement for Bachelor of Science in management studies)

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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

  • Mathematics core courses (18–20 credits) chosen from the following:
    • MATH 130
    • MATH 131
    • MATH 132
      (or MATH 140 and MATH 141)
    • MATH 240
      (or MATH 246)
    • MATH 241
    • STAT 200
  • Mathematics-related courses (3 credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT or FINC course
    • General Chemistry I (only offered at UMUC Europe and UMUC Asia)
    • General Chemistry II (only offered at UMUC Europe and UMUC Asia)
    • CMIS 102
    • CMIS 170
    • CMIS 242
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • ECON 430
    • ECON 440
    • Any MATH course numbered 108 or higher
    • Any math-based physics course
  • Elective courses (2–4 credits)

General Education Requirements

Research Course 

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

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

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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 358
    • GERO 311
    • PSYC 338
    • SOCY 325
    • SOCY 443
    • SOCY 462
    • SPCH 324
  • Elective courses (10 credits)

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Course

  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

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 UMUC. 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 UMUC is required. You should complete one associate degree before applying for another.

Second Associate Degree: If you have already received an associate degree from UMUC 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 UMUC (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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