Catalog Year 2017/2018


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.

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



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Enrollment Services Building
301.846.2625 TDD

Kelly Bellew
General Studies Advisor

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.

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

Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences (Electives must be from two disciplines)
Two courses selected from different disciplines (GenEd course list) 6
Arts & Humanities
Three courses, one selected from each area (GenEd course list): Arts, Humanities, and Communications 9
Biological & Physical Sciences 
Two courses, one of which must be a lab science (GenEd course list) 7/8
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement (Wellness elective satisfies this requirement) 1/3
Other Requirements
Open Electives  Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. 29
Total 60
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.