Associate's General Education Requirements (GER)

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.

Common Associate of Arts Degree Requirements

  1. The Associate of Arts degree (AA) requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, of which at least 15 must be taken through UMUC.
  2. Of these 60 credits, 35 credits must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements.
  3. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.
  4. A grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken through UMUC is required. You must earn a grade of C or higher in all core or core-related curriculum courses.
  5. You may pursue a second AA degree only after the awarding of the first AA.

Curriculum Requirements (25 Credits)

You may choose a general curriculum or a specialized curriculum and must take 25 credits of coursework within your chosen curriculum. For the specialized curricula, at least 9 credits in core or core‑related coursework for the chosen curriculum must be earned through UMUC.

You must earn a grade of C or higher in all core or core-related curriculum courses and at least half the credits earned within a specialized curriculum must be through graded coursework.

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken with UMUC. Of the 60 credits, 35 must be earned in courses that fulfill the general education requirements listed below. The remaining 25 credits must satisfy the requirements of the curriculum you select.

You should complete one associate's degree before applying for another. If you anticipate seeking a bachelor's degree, you should select courses that will advance that goal.

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

A. Communications (9 Credits)

  • WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S (3 credits)
    Must be completed within first 18 credits with UMUC. May not be earned through course-challenge examination.
  • Another writing course (3 credits)
    All 3-credit WRTG courses (except WRTG 288, 388, 486A or 486B); COMM 390 and 492ENGL 102; and JOUR 201 apply.
  • A course in communication, writing, or speech (3 credits)
    All 3-credit COMM, SPCH, or WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B); ENGL 102 and 281; and JOUR 201 apply.

Note: No more than 3 credits of writing may be earned through credit by examination.

B. Arts and Humanities (6 Credits)

  • One 3-credit course that offers a historical perspective (any 3-credit ARTH or HIST except ARTH 100).
  • One 3-credit course chosen from the following disciplines: ARTH, ARTT, ASTD (ASTD 135, 155, 284, 285, and others), ENGL (except ENGL 281 and 384), GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language.

Note: The two courses must be in different disciplines.

C. Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 Credits)

  • One 3-credit course each in two of the following disciplines: AASP (AASP 201 only), ANTH, ASTD (depending on course content), BEHS, CCJS (CCJS 100, 105, 350, 360, and 461 only), ECON, GEOG, GERO (except GERO 342 and 351), GVPT, PSYC, SOCY, or WMST (WMST 200 only).

D. Biological and Physical Sciences (7 Credits)

  • A science lecture course (3 credits) with related laboratory course (1 credit) or a science course combining lecture and laboratory (4 credits).
  • Any other science course (3 credits).

Note: Courses from the following disciplines may satisfy both requirements: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, and zoology. NUTR 100 may satisfy the requirement for a 3-credit science lecture course.

E. Mathematics (3 Credits)

  • MATH 103, MATH 106, MATH 107, or a mathematics course at or above the level of college algebra. Must be completed within the first 18 credits with UMUC. Placement test required.

F. Interdisciplinary or Emerging Issues (4 Credits)

  • One course (LIBS 150) in introductory research (1 credit), which must be completed within the first 6 credits with UMUC.
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301 (3 credits)