Mar 03, 2024  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

General Education Requirements and degree program required courses

The Annotated Code of Maryland standards   require that a program of study leading to the  A.A., A.A.T., A.S. or A.S.E. degrees at Maryland community colleges to include no less than 30 credits of required general education core courses, with the core requiring at a minimum, course work in Arts and Humanities, Biological and Physical Sciences, English Composition, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Mathematics categories.  It requires that a program of study leading to the A.A.S. degree to include no less than 20 credits of required core general education course work taken from the same five areas required of the A.A., A.A.T., A.S. and A.S.E.  AACC associates degree programs of study require that students meet the State of Maryland standards, as well as some institutional degree program requirements in the following areas:

Planning Tool: List of Approved General Education Requirement Courses

AACC is providing the following .PDF document for students who wish to print or electronically save a copy of the Approved General Education Required Course List for this catalog year.   The .PDF list will provide students with course numbers and titles only.  It is recommended that students use the course links on this catalog page to review course descriptions, refer to the requirements of their intended academic program and consult with an academic advisor while planning course selections.


  Click Here to View, Save, or Print a .PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: List of Approved General Education Requirement Courses    



Approved General Education Courses by Category

Arts and Humanities Category



Additional English courses are listed under linguistics and sophomore literature.

Sophomore Literature

Theater Arts

World Languages

Biological and Physical Sciences Category

Gender and Sexuality Studies

English Composition Category

Health/Fitness/Wellness Category

Social and Behavioral Sciences Category

Human Services

Legal Studies

Computing and Information Technology (Computer Competency) Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement).

Anne Arundel Community College defines a student who is competent in computing and information technology as one who can:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of computer hardware and an appropriate operating environment to generate, store, retrieve, transfer and manipulate data; and
  • use the computer as a tool to solve problems and produce information appropriate to coursework.

There are three ways to satisfy the computer competency requirement. A student may:

  1. Complete a course or sequence of courses from the list of approved computer competency courses (see below); or
  2. Transfer in an equivalent course from another institution; or
  3. Test out of an approved course by passing a CLEP exam or departmental exam.

Regardless of how the computer competency requirement is met, students must complete the number of credits required by their degree program.  Consult with an Academic Advisor, as needed, to ensure proper progress toward degree completion and to discuss computer technology, computer competency and other degree program required courses.

Approved Competency Courses

Completing one of the following approved courses or sequences of courses satisfies the computing and information technology competency requirement. (Students who completed an approved course or sequence of courses from this list during the fall 1994 term or any subsequent term have met the computing and information technology requirement provided the required competency elements were included in the course when it was taken.)

Completing the Following Sequence Satisfies the Requirement:

Diversity Requirement

We live in a society and world characterized by diversity, and Anne Arundel Community College believes that the study of diversity is an essential part of contemporary education.

Diversity courses share common characteristics.

  • They focus on one or more of the elements of diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, disability, class, sexual orientation, age, and culture.
  • They look at how ideas about diversity are shaped by culture and affect the way people think and live.
  • They link diversity to larger questions of power and privilege.
  • They help students develop the knowledge and understanding needed to participate effectively in our diverse global, national, and local communities.

While the college encourages all students to complete a diversity course, each student pursuing an associate degree must fulfill the college’s diversity requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. Successfully complete one course from the list below
  2. Successfully complete one program diversity sequence from the list below
  3. Transfer credit awarded for an equivalent course successfully completed at another accredited institution of higher education in accordance with the college transfer credit policy.

The Following Courses and Sequences Meet the College Diversity Requirement.

Diversity Courses

Program Diversity Sequences