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General Studies
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Bill Devlin

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. While our General Studies Program can become an individualized program of study, we recommend that students with well defined career and transfer goals consider ACM’s University Studies Program.

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, Bedford County, and Somerset County 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.

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Career Info

We strongly encourage you to discuss career options with your advisor at any of our three campuses in Cumberland, Maryland, Somerset County, 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 Offices in Bedford and Somerset Counties can be reached by calling:

Cumberland Campus - 301-784-5551
Bedford County Campus - 814-652-9528
Somerset County Campus - 814-445-9848

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Faculty/Staff Info
Bill Devlin, Director of Student Success Center

Humanities 58B

B.S., M.S., Frostburg State University

Deb Hoover, Director of the Somerset County Campus and Student Services

814-445-9848, ext. 6106
Somerset County Campus

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

B.S., M.S., Geneva College

Robin Swindell, Director of the Bedford County Campus and Student Services

814-652-9528, ext. 6202
Bedford County Campus

A.S., Mt. Aloysius College

B.S., M.S., Geneva College