Program Description

The General Studies major prepares you for a lifetime of success. Whatever job or career you choose, you will need a wide variety of skills: analytic, communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, technical, etc. Employers want you to have a broad background of knowledge, skills, and abilities that prepare you to take on new tasks and jobs easily, as well as for advancement. The General Studies major is also a great choice for students who decide to continue their studies at a four-year institution.

Degree Programs

General Studies (Associate of Arts)

The General Studies Program is designed for students who want maximum flexibility in their choice of courses. The program provides a core foundation in the humanities, mathematics, computer science, science, and social sciences. Beyond meeting general education state requirements, the program offers students numerous selections for areas of concentration as well as the opportunity to design, in cooperation with an academic advisor, a series of courses for exploring career opportunities, achieving personal goals, or meeting transfer requirements.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a major?

Yes, all students need a major in order to graduate. If you are uncertain about which major to choose, General Studies is an excellent choice for you.

Which courses are required for the General Studies major?

General Studies majors must complete all general education requirements. Please refer to the catalog for a complete list of approved general education courses.

Can I take courses for the General Studies major online?

Yes, many general education courses are available online as well as on campus.

How many credits do I need to graduate?

You must complete a minimum of 60 credits and meet all general education requirements in order to get your General Studies Associate Degree.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Cecil College full-time and adjunct faculty are highly credentialed in their disciples and have years of teaching and professional experience. For additional information, please view the discipline specific pages.

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