General Studies


Designed to provide students with a broad educational experience and an opportunity to explore academic and occupational interests. It allows maximum flexibility in choice of courses to help students achieve their educational goals. Students who are exploring various academic and career options or who are undecided about their educational goals should begin their educational experience with this program. All students who select this program should consult an academic advisor for transfer information and/or career guidance.

Courses may be taken in any sequence as long as course prerequisites are met. However, it is suggested that all students in the general studies program complete English 101 and their mathematics requirement as early as possible in their educational experience.

The General Studies AA can be completed entirely online. For details, see Learning Online.


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301.846.2625 TDD

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Courses Credits
EN 101 English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences (Electives must be from two disciplines)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Choose from 2 categories:  
Computer Literacy Elective  (GenEd course list)  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective  (GenEd course list) ‡  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡  
Wellness Elective  (GenEd course list) 6  
PE/Health Elective (A Wellness course will satisfy this requirement)  1/3
Other Requirements  
Electives ‡ 26/27
Total 60/65

Students are able to meet all course requirements for this degree from the college’s selection of online courses.

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. Choose at least one course from the xx.
The Career & Transfer Center has a variety of print and electronic resources available to help with transfer planning. ARTSYS, a computerized articulation system created especially to help community college students transfer to Maryland four-year institutions is available, as well as College Source and College Board. College Source also allows students to view college catalogs from across the nation. For more information, visit the Career & Transfer Center, Enrollment Services Building, J-201, 301.846.2594.