General Education at UMD
About General Education

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does General Education fit with my major?

2. When should I take General Education courses?

3. Do I follow General Education requirements or CORE?

4. Do courses in my major apply toward General Education?

5. Can courses I took at another institution satisfy General Education?

6. Do study abroad courses count toward General Education?

7. What courses fulfill the Oral Communication requirement?

8. I understand that students who began their education at a Maryland system school prior to fall of 2012 will be under the CORE general education plan when they transfer in. Will they be able to instead elect to complete the new General Education program?

9. In CORE, students who completed nine or more credits in study abroad experiences are considered to have completed their diversity experience. Will this be true in the new General Education program for Understanding Plural Societies and/or Cultural Competence?


1. How does General Education fit with my major?
Most students will have one or two General Education courses that will also count as major requirements. These may be double counted. Please see Transfer Credit Services to determine if courses you have previously completed at another institution will fulfill General Education courses. If you are currently enrolled at the University and wish to take a course at another institution, you must first have that approved by an advisor in your college.

2. When should I take General Education courses?
Students will take Fundamental Studies English and Math during their first thirty credits. Many other General Education courses will be completed throughout your academic career. For guidance, please see Finding University of Maryland 4-Year Plans for Academic Majors. Your advisor will be able to assist you with selecting courses.

3. Do I follow General Education requirements or CORE?
New freshmen for fall 2012 will follow the new General Education program. Transfer students should check see The New General Education Program: Effective Dates for Transfer Students to determine which program they will follow.

4. Do courses in my major apply toward General Education?
Most students will have one or two General Education courses that will also count as major requirements. These may be double counted.

5. Can courses I took at another institution satisfy General Education?
Please see the Transfer Credit Services to determine if courses you have previously completed at another institution will fulfill General Education courses. If you are currently enrolled at the University and wish to take a course at another institution, you must first have that approved by an advisor in your college.

6. Do study abroad courses count toward General Education?
Many study abroad courses will fulfill General Education requirements. The Education Abroad program can assist you in determining how courses taken abroad can earn credit at the University of Maryland.

7. What courses fulfill the Oral Communication requirement?
Students may fulfill the Oral Communication requirements with COMM 107 or 200, INAG 110, THET 285 or JOUR 130. Some majors have Oral Communication courses just for their own students. To see if your major requires a specific Oral Communications course, please see Finding University of Maryland 4-Year Plans for Academic Majors for more information.

8. I understand that students who began their education at a Maryland system school prior to fall of 2012 will be under the CORE general education plan when they transfer in. Will they be able to instead elect to complete the new General Education program?
No, students will not be able chose which general education program to follow. The guidelines for transfer students are at Effective Dates for transfer Students.

9. In CORE, students who completed nine or more credits in study abroad experiences are considered to have completed their diversity experience. Will this be true in the new General Education program for Understanding Plural Societies and/or Cultural Competence?
In the new General Education program, courses are approved for general education designations based on learning outcomes and are reviewed by a faculty board. Therefore, any course that carries a general education designation will need to meet the learning outcomes. Students will not be able to fulfill Understanding Plural Societies and/or Cultural Competence by a study abroad experience unless the study abroad course carries that specific designation.