Program Type: Transfer Program

Program Total: 60 Credits

Program Description

This program is for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution. The program introduces a broad range of the liberal arts and sciences while providing a thorough preparation in verbal, mathematical, and critical-thinking skills. General studies include courses in humanities, social sciences, English, science, and math, which enable students to sample various subject matters and methodologies so they can make informed education and career choices. This program is designed to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. The various concentrations of the General Studies Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree are listed under the Programs of Study link. Students should consult with an advisor about transfer requirements.

Graduates of the General Studies A.A. will be able to:

  • Synthesize information and content across multiple disciplines
  • Apply student core competencies in the development of a culminating project/assignment
  • Analyze perspectives on key issues within the concentration
Required Courses

PAS-1000 First Year Experience Credits: 1 (Institutional Requirement)

EGL-1010 Composition I: Expository Writing Credits: 3 (English General Education Requirement)

INT-1010 Introduction to Information Technology Credits: 3 (Computer Literacy Institutional Requirement)

PHL-1010 Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Questioning Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

SPN-1010 Spanish for Beginners Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

FRN-1010 French for Beginners Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

ART-1010 Introduction to Art Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

MUS-1010 Music Appreciation Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

THE-1010 Introduction to Theatre Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective)

PSY-1010 General Psychology Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective) or

MAT-1140 Introduction to Statistics Credits: 3 (Mathematics General Education Elective) or

MAT-1250 Applied College Algebra Credits: 3 (Mathematics General Education Elective) or

MAT-1130 Mathematical Ideas Credits: 3 (Mathematics General Education Elective)

BIO-1010 General Biology Credits: 4 (or any other 4 credit science course)

EGL-1020 Composition II: Writing About Literature Credits: 3 (English General Education Elective) or

EGL-1100 Composition II: Writing About Issues and Ideas Credits: 3 (English General Education Elective) or

EGL-1320 Composition II: Writing for Business Credits: 3 (English General Education Elective)

NTR-1010 Introductory Nutrition Credits: 3 (Science No Lab General Education Elective) or

PSC-1010 Introduction to Astronomy Credits: 3 (Science No Lab General Education Elective) or

BIO-1110 Environmental Biology Credits: 3 (Science No Lab General Education Elective)

COM-1010 Foundations of Communication Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective; Critical Course) or

SOC-1010 Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective) or

HST-1430 History of the United States since 1877 Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective) or

HST-1530 History of African Americans since 1877 Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective)

In addition to the above listed required courses, an additional 28 credits is required to fulfill the program total of 60 credits hours. Please meet with an advisor to determine those courses.

Transferability

Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses.
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