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 requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

 

Eligibility for the Associate of Arts

This program is available to the following members of the military community:

  • Full-time active-duty 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 and dependent children

     

This program is also available to UMGC employees, spouses and dependent children of UMGC employees, and students who began an associate's degree with UMGC overseas and have now relocated to the United States.

About the Associate of Arts in General Studies

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. For the remaining 25 credits, you can either choose a general curriculum or one of the specialized curricula outlined below. You must earn a grade of C or higher in all required courses for the chosen curriculum, and you must earn a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMGC.

If you anticipate seeking a bachelor's degree, you should select courses that will advance that goal.

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

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Business and Management

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Computer Studies

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Criminal Justice

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Foreign Language Area Studies

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Legal Studies

Management Studies

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Mathematics

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Psychology

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.

Women's Studies

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 60

Curriculum 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

UMGC associate's degree general education requirements correspond to those for the bachelor's degree, with a few exceptions to meet the 35-credit requirement. Learn more by visiting the General Education Requirements webpage and reading the section specifically for associate's degrees.



 

Earning a Second Associate's Degree

If you have already received an associate's degree from UMGC or another approved institution, you can broaden your education by earning a second associate's 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's 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 combined credit must add up to at least 75 credits.

  • The 15 new credits must be uniquely applicable to the second associate's curriculum.

  • Before beginning work toward a second associate's degree, you must request an academic advisement report.

  • You may not earn two degrees at the same level (e.g., associate's degree level) at the same time using the same credit.

  • You must complete all requirements for the curriculum. All course prerequisites apply.

  • As with other degrees, continuous enrollment at UMGC is required.

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken through UMGC is required for graduation.

Before beginning work or considering nontraditional options toward a second degree, consult an academic advisor. Advisors will be glad to explain the requirements for a second associate's degree and clarify its limitations.

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