The bachelor's degree program in general studies allows you to take an active role in designing your educational experience through a flexible curriculum while maximizing ability to transfer previously earned credit. This personalized learning path, coupled with a focus on your specific interests and areas of study, provides a solid, well-rounded foundation in preparation for a variety of careers.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the General Studies Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Improve oral and written communication skills
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Analyze insights about personal and professional goals
  • Apply skills and knowledge from different academic disciplines
  • Synthesize concepts and theories in core content courses and focus areas

General Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • 6 credits from one discipline area (e.g. HRMN)
  • 6 credits from a second discipline area (e.g. PSYC)
  • 15 credits chosen from other disciplines
  • CAPL 495

Please note: No more than 21 credits of coursework in a single discipline area may be applied to the major.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework, outlined on our General Education Requirements webpage.

The overall requirements for a bachelor's degree in general studies follow our Bachelor's Degree Requirements with the following exception:

  • You must meet the 30-credit requirement for coursework taken at UMGC, but those credits may be earned in any combination across major, general education, and elective courses.

Your plan will be unique and based on your previous education. Please contact an advisor with any questions.

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