Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Advising, Career, and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301.

The General Studies program permits students to pursue a structured program that allows them to achieve a balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization in a twelve-credit concentration in a single field of knowledge and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration of various disciplines.

The degree program allows students to tailor their studies for specific requirements for selected transfer institutions. In addition, the degree program provides students an opportunity to prepare for a profession or a career.

The degree program consists of three major components:

  1. Twelve (12) Credit Discipline: 12 credits must be taken in a single discipline. A discipline is indicated in the Catalog by the prefix to the course number, e.g., PSY or ENG.
  2. General Education Core Requirements: 33-35 credits must be taken in courses in written and oral communication, mathematics, science, history, humanities, and health and physical education.
  3. General Electives: 14-17 credits of general electives must be taken to complete the requirements and further explore areas of academic and personal interest.

NOTE: A minimum total of 62 credits is required for graduation.

Upon successful completion of this program of study students will be able to:
  1. Read, comprehend, and communicate analytically and critically.
  2. Apply the scientific method to gather and analyze data.
  3. Apply reasoning, creativity, estimation, and/or computational skills to solve problems.
  4. Locate and evaluate information.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills to become an informed global citizen.
  6. Pursue occupational and/or transfer goals related to the twelve credit concentration.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
          Behavioral/Social Science+
          English Composition
          Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues
          Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
          Biological/Physical Science
+ For AS, AA, and AAT degrees, Behavioral/Social Science and Arts/Humanities electives must be selected from two different disciplines.

Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
ENG 101English Composition  **3
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4
General Elective 3
 Semester Total15-16
Second Semester Credits
ENG 102English Composition and Literature  
ENG 109English Composition: Research Writing 3
Health Elective 3
History Elective 3
General Education Elective
General Elective * 3
 Semester Total15-16
Third Semester   Credits
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Diversity Elective ***3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
General Elective *3
Physical Education/Fitness Elective1
 Semester Total14
Fourth Semester Credits
Biological/Physical Science Elective
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
General Electives *#5-8
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total15-19

# A minimum total of 62 credits is required for graduation.

* As advised for transfer or goals.
** English 101 and physical education electives will not count toward the 12-credit concentration.
*** Diversity course must be selected from the approved college listing. Please refer to Diversity Course Graduation Requirement in Academic Information.


  1. Students should meet with an advisor during their first semester to outline a program, which will meet their goals.
  2. Students cannot graduate with a General Studies Undecided major. Students need to declare General Studies or another major by the time they have accumulated 24 credits.
  3. To change a major, students need to fill out a Change in Academic Intent form.
  4. At the completion of 28 credits, any student who wishes to develop a concentration of study that differs from the 12-credit discipline format should consult with an academic advisor. Students must fill out an Exception to Discipline Concentration Form through the Academic Advising Office.
  5. Any request for an exception to the 12-credit discipline must be made prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate.