Associate General Education Requirements (GER)

UMGC Europe offers programs of study leading to a UMGC associate 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 UMGC 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 UMGC.
  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 UMGC 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 UMGC.

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 UMGC. 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 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 111 or another writing course (3 credits)
    All 3-credit WRTG courses (except WRTG 288, WRTG 388, WRTG 486A or WRTG 486B); Comm 390 and Comm 492; ENGL 102; and JOUR 201 apply.
  • WRTG 112 (3 credits)
    Must be completed with a grade of C– or better within first 24 credits. May not be earned through Prior Learning (Portfolio or Course Challenge) assessment.
  • A course in communication, writing, or speech (3 credits)
    All 3-credit COMM, SPCH, or WRTG courses (except those numbered 486A and 486B); ENGL 102 and ENGL 281; and JOUR 201 apply.

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

B. Mathematics (3 Credits)

  • MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 107, MATH 115, MATH 140, STAT 200, or a mathematics course approved by the department.

    Must be completed within the first 24 credits. Prerequisites must be fullfilled before taking MATH 108, MATH 140, or any higher-numbered MATH or STAT courses.

Note: Check individual curricula for the recommended math courses.

C. Arts and Humanities (6 Credits)

  • Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following disciplines: ARTH, ARTT, ASTD (depending on course content), ENGL (except ENGL 281 and ENGL 384), GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language.

D. Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 Credits)

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

E. 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, NUTR, or PHYS. Science courses in other disciplines may apply.

F. Research and Computing Literacy (4 Credits)

  • One course (LIBS 150) in introductory research (1 credit)
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301 (3 credits)