Associate of Arts in General Studies

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

UMUC Europe offer programs of study leading to a UMUC associate’s degree. All requirements noted for the Associate of Arts degree (AA) degree involve lower-level courses, although appropriate upper-level courses may be substituted. You should consult with a UMUC academic advisor at your local education center about programs offered in your community and to chart your degree plan to ensure you meet the necessary requirements.

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

General Curriculum

The Associate of Arts general curriculum is for adult students who wish to pursue their own educational goals.

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 UMUC’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.

Courses in the General Curriculum (25 Credits)

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

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

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.

Accounting Curriculum

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.

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Business and Management Curriculum

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 Business and Management Curriculum (25 Credits)

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Computer Studies Curriculum

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 Computer Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • Introduction to Problem Solving and Algorithm Design (3 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 Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Foreign Language Area Studies Curriculum

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.

Arabic

Core Courses (12 credits)
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from any ARAB course, including 211, 212, and 333; 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)
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from:

Elective (1 credit)

Any course related to interests and goals

Italian

Core Courses (12 credits)
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from:

Elective (1 credit)

Any course related to interests and goals

Spanish

Core Courses (12 credits)
Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from:

Elective (1 credit)

Any course related to interests and goals

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Management Studies Curriculum

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 Management Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

Management-related courses (15), chosen from the following:

Elective courses (10)—Courses that may be applicable to the BS in Management Studies are recommended.

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Mathematics Curriculum

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 mathematics curriculum (25 credits)

General education courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course
Computing Course

Psychology Curriculum

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 psychology curriculum (25 credits)

General education courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course

Women's Studies Curriculum

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 Women's Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

General Education Courses (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 interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course
Writing Courses
Arts and Humanities Courses
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
Math Course
Computing Course