UMGC Asia offer programs of study leading to a UMGC associate's degree. All requirements noted for the Associate of Arts degree (AA) 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.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate orally and in writing in a clear, well-organized manner
  • Conduct academic research
  • Think critically

About the General Studies and Specialized Associate's Degree

General Curriculum

The Associate of Arts general curriculum is for adult students who wish to pursue their own educational goals. (See Associate of Arts in General Studies below)

Specialized Curricula

The Associate of Arts specialized curricula are for adult students who wish to pursue a specific career or educational goal, often as a basis for further study toward the bachelor’s degree. Specialized curricula are recommended but optional within the AA degree in General Studies. You should take careful note of course prerequisites and recommended course sequences. Curricula may be available only in limited geographic areas.

Specializations

Accounting Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Accounting Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • Any ACCT or FINC courses (9 Credits)
  • Accounting or business courses (9 Credits) chosen from the following:
    • BMGT 110
    • BMGT 380
    • BMGT 381
    • BMGT 496
    • CMIS 102
    • ECON 201
    • ECON 203
    • IFSM 300
    • MRKT 310
    • STAT 200 (if not applied to general education requirements)
    • Any ACCT or FINC courses
  • Elective course (1 Credit)

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the BS in Accounting)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Associate of Arts in General Studies

Required Courses

Courses in the General Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • Curriculum courses (12 Credits) – Any courses that meet your educational and career goals
  • Elective courses (13 Credits)

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • MATH 105 or MATH 103 (available overseas only); or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Business and Management Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Business and Management Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • BMGT 110
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • Business courses (12 Credits) chosen from the following:
    • Any ACCT, BMGT, CMIS, ECON, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, IFSM, or MRKT courses
    • Any 3-credit CMST courses
    • STAT 200 (if not applied to general education requirements)
    • PSYC 321

Elective courses (4 Credits)—Courses that may be applicable to the BS in Business Administration are recommended.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the BS in Business Administration)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 (related requirement for the BS in Business Administration)
  • ECON 203 (related requirement for the BS in Business Administration)

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Computer Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Computer Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

  • CMIS 102 or a programming language course
  • Computer studies–related courses (12 Credits)—Chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV courses
  • Elective courses (10 Credits)—Courses that may be applicable to a BS in a computing field are recommended.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • MATH 105 or MATH 103 (available overseas only); or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Foreign Language Area Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Foreign Language Area Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

Language core courses (12 Credits)—Sequential courses in a single language, usually numbered 111–112 and 114–115 (or 211–212)

Japanese Courses (12 Credits)

  • JAPN 111
  • JAPN 112
  • JAPN 114
  • JAPN 115

Korean Courses (12 Credits)

  • KORN 111
  • KORN 112
  • KORN 114
  • KORN 115

Related Area Studies Courses (12 Credits)

Choose from any courses in the culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics of the area (see specific courses for each language area)

Elective (1 Credit)

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • MATH 105 or MATH 103 (available overseas only); or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Management Studies Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Management Studies Curriculum (25 Credits)

Management-related courses (15 Credits)—Chosen from the following:

  • Any ACCT, BMGT, CMIS, CMST, ECON, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, IFSM, and MRKT courses
  • PSYC 321
  • COMM 390

Elective courses (10 Credits)—Courses that may be applicable to the BS in Management Studies are recommended.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the BS in Management Studies)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Mathematics Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Mathematics Curriculum (25 credits)

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • MATH 241
  • MATH 340 or MATH 246
  • STAT 200

Mathematics-related course (3 Credits)—Chosen from the following:

  • Any ACCT or FINC course
  • CHEM 103
  • CHEM 113
  • CMIS 102
  • CMSC 150
  • CMIS 242
  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • ECON 430
  • ECON 440
  • Any MATH course numbered 108 or higher
  • Any math-based physics course

Elective course(s) (3–4 Credits)

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • IFSM 201 or CMST 301

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • MATH 107 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Psychology Curriculum

Required Courses

Courses in the Psychology Curriculum (25 credits)

  • PSYC 100

Psychology–related courses (12 Credits)—Chosen from the following:

  • PSYC 321 (or another PSYC course)
  • PSYC 335 (or another PSYC course)
  • PSYC 351 (or another PSYC course)
  • PSYC 353 (or another PSYC course)

Elective courses (10 Credits)—Courses that may be applicable to the BS in Psychology are recommended.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Course

  • LIBS 150
  • CMST 301 or IFSM 201

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the BS in Psychology)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social science course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course