Air Force: GEM

General Education Mobile (GEM) generaleducationmobile

University of Massachusetts Global and the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) have partnered to offer online courses for Airmen in order to complete their CCAF Associate Degree general education courses as required by CCAF.

The Community College of the Air Force launched the GEM program on March 2, 2009 on the CCAF Web page, and can be accessed through the Air Force Portal. University of Massachusetts Global became a GEM Partner in May of 2011. GEM courses are offered on online to make it more accessible for CCAF students. This helps them complete the curriculum in a faster and more efficient manner.

With the General Education Mobile program, students near the beginning of their education will enroll in general education classes taken through University of Massachusetts Global. Credits will transfer and apply towards the CCAF degree.

As part of the requirements for CCAF associate degrees, students must take one three-credit class in each of the five general education categories: oral communication, written communication, mathematics, social sciences and humanities. These 15 credits - nearly a quarter of the 64 needed for the degree - must be taken at a civilian institution since CCAF does not offer its own general education courses.

About University of Massachusetts Global

Started in 1958 to meet the needs of military personnel, we are committed to serving those who have faithfully defended our nation. Our team of experts with military experience will be in the trenches with you every step of the way. Whether you are active duty, reservist, veteran, or family, we are dedicated to serving military students by offering flexible online programs that allow you to learn at your own pace. University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by, and a member of, the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

With six sessions starting every eight weeks, UMass Global offers a year-round academic schedule tailored to meet the needs of busy adult students.

Approved GEM Courses University of Massachusetts Global offers:

  • HUMU250 Humanities in the Digital Culture

    The course provides an introduction to the evolving field of digital humanities. It examines the cultural and social impact of digital technologies from the perspective of the humanities. Students will analyze the ways in which digital technologies transform our experience of time, space, privacy, and social engagement. 3 credits.

    MUSU222 Musical Cultures of the World

    A survey of non-western musical traditions with focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America. 3 credits.

    MUSU 101 Introduction to Music

    For non-music majors only. A course designed to give the student a grasp of the major styles and trends of Western music, from Gregorian chant to the present. 3 credits.

    RELU 110 Religion and Values

    This course is a thematic study of religious values as they come to expression within the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Students explore the basic beliefs and practices of these religions with a view to understanding how each tradition approaches key contemporary ethical issues: the ecological crisis, economic justice, war, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, gender, and sexual orientation. 3 credits.

  • MATU 103 Applied Mathematics

    This course presents contemporary and historical topics in mathematics from problem solving, humanities, and business. Students will explore mathematical concepts by applying quantitative problem solving methods to sets, cryptanalysis, number systems, geometry, art, probability, statistics, voting methods, fair division, economics, and finance topics in a real-world context. 3 credits.

    MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics

    Prerequisite: MATU 099 or higher. Not recommended for the student who has taken a statistics course in another department or for mathematics majors. Students study probability, analysis of data, parametric and non-parametric statistics, with examples from the social sciences and the natural sciences. 3 credits.

  • COMU 101 Public Speaking I

    The primary goal of COMU 101 is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their public speaking skills in the areas of preparation and delivery. The method of speaking emphasized is extemporaneous. Though public speaking is the primary focus of the course, other issues of communication, such as written, interpersonal and group, are also discussed. In addition, students will learn to be more critical consumers of communication. 3 credits.

  • POSU 110 Introduction to American Politics

    Students master the basic concepts and analytical methods used by political scientist in their attempts to address these questions: What are the fundamental components of the national government of the United States?  How do they transform citizen opinion, interest group pressures, and economic imperatives into social policy?  This course satisfies the State of California Credential requirement in American History and Government. 3 credits.

    SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology

    An examination of the basic concepts, principles, and findings of sociology: addressing the nature of human social relations from simple, face-to-face relationships, through formal organizations, to whole societies. Discovery of how social patterns are created,; how they become organized and established, and how they change. 3 credits.

    PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology

    Introduction to the processes, principles, and problems and applications of psychology. Topics include the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, personality, social psychology and psychopathology. 3 credits.

  • ENGU 103 Writing and Rhetoric

    The course provides instruction that focuses on the writing process, evaluating and explaining ideas, critical reading, conducting library and Internet research, developing a research paper, and documenting research. Students will learn that reading is a complex process. Students are required to complete a minimum of 10,000 graded words in essays that include a researched essay. All work shall be submitted as a part of a final writing portfolio. 3 credits.

    ENGU 104 Writing about Literature

    Prerequisite: ENGU 104. English 104 develops a student’s critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction. The readings for the course reflect the diversity of writers and perspectives. Through a variety of essays, students will demonstrate their understanding of a variety of literary devices and their ability to write persuasively about literature. Not only will students improve their ability to analyze and write about literature, but they will also increase their understanding of the world and its people. Students will complete five essays totaling at least 8,000 words. 3 credits.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to own a computer?

It is necessary to have access to a computer as well as internet for our online courses.

How are the GEM courses delivered?

All GEM courses, which include quizzes and exams, are completed fully online.  Courses include discussion boards, PowerPoint’s, as well as other instructional guidance and support.

When can I start my program?

We have six session starting every eight weeks, so it is easy to start at any time.

Is TA assistance available?

Students must submit an approved TA authorization form prior to the start of the course(s). TA for GEM courses is invoiced through the AI Portal. 

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