The Associate of Arts has both a General Curriculum and Specialized Curricula to meet your needs:

General Curriculum

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 your academic advisor in arranging your curriculum as is appropriate to personal interests and future educational plans.

Specialized Curricula

The Associate of Arts specialized curricula are for adult students who wish to pursue a specific career or educational goal, often as a basis for further study toward the bachelor’s degree. Specialized curricula are recommended but optional within the AA degree in General Studies. You should take careful note of course prerequisites and recommended course sequences. Curricula may be available only in limited geographic areas.

About the Associate of Arts

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

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

Specializations

Accounting Specialization

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in accounting will help you demonstrate competencies in fundamental accounting practices to transition toward a bachelor’s degree in accounting and related fields.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • Any ACCT or FINC courses (9)
  • Accounting or business courses (9), 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)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 293
    (related requirement for the BS in Accounting)
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the BS in Accounting)
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Business & Management Specialization

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in business and management will help students utilize core business concepts and principles to pursue related professional goals.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

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

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the BS in Business Administration)
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    (related requirement for BS in Business Administration)
  • ECON 203
    (related requirement for BS in Business Administration)
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Computer Studies Specialization

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in computer studies will help you apply a selected range of fundamental computer-based skills to advance your professional and career goals.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

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

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • MATH 103
    or MATH 107
    or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Foreign Language Area Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in foreign language area studies will help you develop intermediate foreign language skills and related cultural knowledge in a variety of personal and professional settings.

If you have previous experience in the foreign language you wish to study, contact your academic advisor or languages@umgc.edu about a placement test.

Arabic

Core Courses (12 credits)
  • ARAB 111
  • ARAB 112
  • ARAB 114
  • ARAB 115
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)
  • Choose from:
    • ARAB 333
    • Any ARAB course and any approved courses in Arabic and Middle Eastern culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics (Contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)
Elective (1 credit)
  • Any course related to interests and goals

German

Core Courses (12 credits)
  • GERM 111
  • GERM 112
  • GERM 211
  • GERM 212
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)
  • Choose from:
    • GERM 311
    • GERM 312
    • GERM 314
    • GERM 333
    • HIST 141
    • HIST 142
    • HIST 217J
    • Any approved courses in German culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics (Contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)
Elective (1 credit)
  • Any course related to interests and goals

Italian

Core Courses (12 credits)
  • ITAL 111
  • ITAL 112
  • ITAL 211
  • ITAL 212
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)
  • Choose from:
    • HIST 141
    • HIST 142
    • HIST 321
    • HIST 337
    • Any approved courses in Italian culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics (Contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)
Elective (1 credit)
  • Any course related to interests and goals

Spanish

Core Courses (12 credits)
  • SPAN 111
  • SPAN 112
  • SPAN 211
  • SPAN 212
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)
  • Choose from:
    • HIST 141
    • HIST 142
    • HIST 337
    • Any approved courses in Spanish culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics (contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)
Elective (1 credit)
  • Any course related to interests and goals

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • MATH 103
    or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

General Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the General Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • Curriculum courses (12) – Any courses that meet your educational and career goals
  • Elective courses (13)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • MATH 103
    or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Management Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in management studies will help you apply knowledge from management-related disciplines to advance your professional and educational goals.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

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

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    (recommended prerequisite to related requirement for BS in Management Studies)

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for BS in Management Studies)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    (related requirement for BS in Management Studies)
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Mathematics Curriculum

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in mathematics will help you employ appropriate mathematical methods and technologies to accomplish quantitative tasks in your professional and educational contexts.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • MATH 241
  • MATH 340
    or MATH 246
  • STAT 200

Mathematics–related course (3), 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)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • MATH 107
    or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or other science lecture course

Psychology Curriculum

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in psychology will help you develop knowledge of human behavior.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

  • Psychology core course:
    • PSYC 100
  • Psychology–related courses (12), chosen from the following:
    • 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)—Courses that may be applicable to the BS in Psychology are recommended.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the BS in Psychology)
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course
    or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or other science lecture course

Women's Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum in women’s studies will help you develop knowledge of the history, status, and experience of women in your professional, personal, and educational contexts.

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

  • WMST 200
  • Women’s studies–related courses (15), chosen from the following:
    • BEHS 220
    • BEHS 343
    • BEHS 453
    • ENGL 250
    • GERO 311
    • HIST 377
    • PSYC 338
    • SOCY 325
    • SOCY 443
    • SOCY 462
    • SPCH 324
  • Elective courses (7)

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

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 your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses
  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
Communications Courses
  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
Math Course
  • MATH 103
    or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course
    or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
  • ECON 201
  • or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course


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