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General Studies

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Important Information

Short Description

General Studies offers maximum flexibility for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree upon graduation from CCBC or for whom a general studies degree best meets their academic goals. This program is especially appealing to students who wish to design their own course of study or who have accumulated a significant number of credits from other programs or colleges. Students acquire well-rounded skills to pursue a variety of academic disciplines and careers. They also learn to navigate and  function within the diversity of our contemporary world.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information


Dr. Danielle James
443-840-4835 or djames@ccbcmd.edu

Campus Advisement Centers:

CCBC Catonsville, Student Services Center, Room 102-113

CCBC Dundalk, Student Services Center, Room 102

CCBC Essex, Student Services Center, Room 120A

CCBC Owings Mills, Enrollment and Student Services, Room 402

NOTE: advising hours are limited at the extension centers, particularly during non-peak registration times. Click on Academic Advisement to see locations and hours.

Additional Information:

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits.

Choose Area of Engagement Courses for the first semester from the list of courses recommended for each track, in the Program Requirements and Electives section. After completion of the first 12 credits, contact Academic Advising for additional Area of Engagement Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

  • 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Area of Engagement Course(s) 3 Credit(s).

Semester 3

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences (lab) 4 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).
  • Area of Engagement Course(s) 9 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences (non-lab) 3 Credit(s).
  • Area of Engagement Course(s) 12 Credit(s).

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses .  

One General Education course must be a Diversity course. Arts and Humanities, Information Technology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Wellness and Health have Diversity course offerings. ​

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (from 2 different disciplines or 2-course sequence, 1 with a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Area of Engagement Courses are recommended courses designed to give students the opportunity to explore program and career options. Most of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and can be used to satisfy requirements for other majors.

Area of Engagement Courses for Semester 1

Depending on the General Education electives completed, more than 24 credits of electives may be needed to reach a minimum of 60 credits for the degree.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60 min*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

Program Description

The General Studies degree curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to a four-year college or university. Students who choose this option are encouraged to work with an academic advisor or counselor on their home campus to develop a plan for completing the degree. The advisor or counselor will also help the student identify electives to best meet the specific requirements of transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. develop an appreciation of life-long learning; embracing opportunities for learning and working in a diverse multicultural and global society for personal and professional development;
  2. apply written and oral communication skills for clear expression and problem solving, employing both quantitative and qualitative reasoning in the scientific process with a focus on technological and information literacy; and
  3. demonstrate the ability to analyze issues and problems from a multidisciplinary perspective with an appreciation in the arts, humanities, sciences, and math promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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