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General Studies Program at Montgomery College

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The General Studies (GS) Program at Montgomery College allows students to focus their studies in one of three core areas or they can do a combination of two. Students who are unsure of their path can use Start Here to determine which General Studies core area is right for them.
General Studies provides opportunities for students to complete requirements towards an associate’s degree while preparing for transfer to a four-year institution. Each core area offer focus options for transfer majors and certificates to guide their studies at MC.
While students may tailor course selections and course modalities to fit their individual needs, the General Studies associate’s degree may also be completed as a fully online degree or a Z-degree. The fully online degree provides students flexibility to fit their academic career into their busy schedules by opting for distance learning courses to fulfill degree requirements. The Z-degree can save students money by selecting courses with the Z-course designation as there is no cost for textbooks in Z-courses. Learn more about the fully online degree option and the Z-degree option

Choose Your Area of Concentration

Focus Options for General Studies
Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages Core: English | FilmHistory | Philosophy | Professional and Technical Writing | World Languages
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Core: Data Science  | STEM Exploratory | Pre-Nursing | Professional and Technical Writing
Social Sciences, Administration and Health Core: Anthropology| Economics | Homeland Security | Political Science | Professional and Technical WritingPsychology | Sociology

Integrated Studies Core (INTG)

Students interested in areas under two of the three main cores (HACL, STEM or SSAH) can pursue our fourth core option, Integrated Studies or INTG.

Have Questions? Need Guidance?

Montgomery College is committed to student success. Both counselors and program advisors are available to guide students during their academic journey at MC. Students who are new to the college should meet with a counselor while returning students may meet with a program advisor for their respective major.

To schedule an appointment with a counselor in the Counseling and Advising Office, use one of the options listed on Meet with a Counselor/Advisor.

To meet with a General Studies program advisor, select your core and a program advisor for that core on our scheduling page.

Unsure who to meet with? Email us at  for assistance.