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Associate of Arts
General Curriculum

General Curriculum
Associate of Arts
  • 60 credits
  • Transfer up to 45 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
  • $250 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

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Develop a curriculum that meets your unique learning needs and career interests.

In the Associate of Arts general curriculum at University of Maryland Global Campus, 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 advisors or success coaches in arranging your curriculum as appropriate to your personal interests and future educational plans. If you are interested in pursuing a general studies major, you should strive to include 6 credits of coursework in one discipline area (e.g., HRMN) and 6 credits from a second discipline area (e.g., PSYC) in your plan.

Total Credits Required: 60

  • Curriculum Courses: 25
  • General Education Courses: 35

Courses in the Curriculum Area (25 Credits)


  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)
    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • General Curriculum courses (21 credits)   
    • Chosen from any discipline for which prerequisites have been met

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 (7 credits)

  • One 3-credit professional exploration course (to be taken as the first course), chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111B)
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111C)
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111M)
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111P)
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111S)
    • (3 Credits, PACE 111T)
  • One 1-credit research skills and professional development course, chosen from the following:
    • (1 Credit, LIBS 150)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 398A)
    • Any general education course
  • One 3-credit course or three 1-credit courses, chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, IFSM 201)
    • (3 Credits, DATA 200)
    • Any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV course

Communications Courses (6 credits)

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course
  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)

Math Course (3 credits)

  • (3 Credits, MATH 105)
    or other approved mathematics course

Arts and Humanities Courses (6 credits)

  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course
  • (3 Credits, ARTH 204) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses (6 credits)

  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or other behavioral and social science course
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses (7 credits)

  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or other science lecture course

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