Main Content
General Studies
Contact Information:
Advising Center
Request Information

General Studies

If you're unsure of your career path or simply looking to transfer core classes to a four-year institution, Allegany College of Maryland's General Studies Program is built for you. You'll lay the foundation for future studies at a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year college or university.


Girl Studying OutdoorsIf you're undecided as to your ultimate career goals, think of our General Studies curriculum as a buffet -- as you "sample" different classes, you'll learn what you like. Next, you can turn those interests into your future career path as you earn your Associate of Science degree in General Studies.

While our General Studies program is designed with the "undecided" student in mind, it's also a great program if you're looking to transfer your core credits to another college. We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor to discuss which of our courses will satisfy the transfer requirements of your future college. Whether you decide to earn your Associate of Science degree in General Studies or transfer to your four-year college prior to its completion, you'll know that you made the right choice in completing your coursework.

Because of the flexible nature of our program, it may also be the perfect fit if you're looking to earn a basic degree for employment or advancement in a position. You'll demonstrate competency in written and oral communication, critical thinking and logic, aesthetics and ethics, and  continued learning -- all important skills in the workplace.

For your convenience, we offer our General Studies program at our Cumberland, MD and Bedford County, PA Campuses.

Course Info

As a General Studies program student, you'll expand your knowledge through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities – Art Appreciation and Studio, Literature and Vocabulary, Leadership, Mini-civilization, Spanish, Music, or Philosophy
  • Natural Science – Biology, Physics, or Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Social and Behavioral Science – Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Speech
  • General Elective courses

While taking liberal arts courses (Composition, Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science), students have the option of exploring a variety of courses through the Electives category.  Students may wish to take Connections for College and Career Success as an elective to assist in selecting a career.

A full listing of program courses can be found in the credit catalog.

These links open to specific catalog pages and are best viewed through Firefox, Crome, or Internet Explorer.  Safari browsers will not link to the specific page. 

Career Info

We strongly encourage you to discuss career options with your advisor at either of our campuses in Cumberland, Maryland or Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Through career advising, we can help you find your field of study through self-assessments of your interests, values, and personality type.

Career advisors at our Student Success Center in Cumberland or our Student Services Office in Bedford County can be reached by calling:

Cumberland Campus - 301-784-5551
Bedford County Campus - 814-652-9528

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info