General Education Component Checklist

The liberal arts/general education core is an integral part of every degree program. Through a variety of courses, students are exposed to the modes of thought of the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences. These courses help the student to think logically, flexibly and critically. They provide the opportunity to develop skills in written and oral communication, and to gain an awareness and understanding of both the human and natural worlds around us. The liberal arts/general education core helps prepare students for changes in the world of work, and for meeting the challenges of the world outside of work - the world of self, of family, of society and of the physical universe.

Students should use this listing to keep track of their Gen Ed requirement.

Mode 1

Students must earn a minimum of three credits from the following list to meet the general education requirement for associate degree programs.

Arts Learning Outcomes

By studying arts, students will
  1. Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills by engaging in the creative process that is unique to music, theater and the visual arts.
  2. Communicate and cultivate contextual understanding of arts relationship to society, history and culture.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate one’s understanding and knowledge with clarity and persuasively—orally, visually and/or in writing.
- ART* 101: Art History I
- ART* 102: Art History II
- ART* 103: Art History III
- ART* 104: Art History IV
- ART* 107: Introduction to Studio Art
- ART* 111: Drawing I
- ART* 113: Figure Drawing I
- ART* 121: Two-Dimensional Design
- ART* 122: Three-Dimensional Design
- ART* 131: Sculpture I
- ART* 141: Photography I
- ART* 151: Painting I
- ART* 155: Watercolor I
- ART* 161: Ceramics I
- ART* 167: Printmaking I
- ART* 185: Video/Filmmaking
- ART* 204: History of Women in the Arts
- ART* 206: Film Study
- ART* 250: Digital Photography
- ART* 283: Photojournalism
- COM* 186: Computer Animation
- DGA* 111: Introduction to Computer Graphics
- GRA* 151: Graphic Design I
- GRA* 221: Illustration I
- MUS* 101: Music History & Appreciation I
- MUS* 102: Music History & Appreciation II
- MUS* 107: Today’s Music
- MUS* 108: Today's Music II
- MUS* 124: Music of the Classical Period
- MUS* 141: Beginning Guitar
- MUS* 148: Beginning Piano
- MUS* 158: Chamber Music/Jazz Ensemble I (2 credits)
- MUS* 161: Chorale I (2 credits)
- MUS* 174: Madrigal/Chamber Singer I (1 credit)
- THR* 101: Introduction to Theater
- THR* 110: Acting I
- THR* 114: Modern Dance

Mode 2

Students must take ENG* 101 and earn three credits to meet the English Composition general education requirement for associate degree programs.

English Composition Learning Outcome

ENG* 101: Composition introduces students to the kinds of reading and writing that they will encounter in the academic world. The main thrust of this course is to enable students to write effective essays that sustain a clear focus and that effectively integrate material from outside readings.

By studying English composition, students will:

  1. Recognize that a successful essay contains a main idea, supporting information (both anecdotal and factual), a logical pattern of development, and the effective attribution of material from outside sources.
  2. Write non-narrative essays that have a clear focus and adequate support drawn from a group of thematically-linked readings.
  3. Arrange the supporting details in a clear, logical pattern.
  4. Formulate sentences in an essay that demonstrate variety in length and emphasis.
  5. Obey the standard conventions of grammar and sentence structure.
  • ENG* 101: College Reading and Writing

Mode 3

Students must earn a minimum of three credits from the following list in order to meet the general education requirement for associate degree programs.

Humanities Learning Outcomes

The humanities are an expression of what humankind over the centuries has felt, thought and created in the search for answers to questions about personal identity, origin and the meaning of life. The humanities prepare students for a lifetime of inquiry, thereby enriching their own life experience now and in the future.

By studying the humanities, students will:

  1. Engage effectively in creative or interpretive skills and processes.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to discover larger patterns or relationships, discriminate among multiple views, and make connections to other times and peoples, their works, beliefs, and cultures.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate one's understanding and knowledge with clarity and persuasiveness--orally, visually, and/or in writing.
- COM* 101: Introduction to Mass Communication
- COM* 154: Film Study and Appreciation
- COM* 172: Interpersonal Communication
- COM* 173: Public Speaking
- ENG* 110: Introduction to Literature
- ENG* 200: Advanced Composition
- ENG* 263: Women in Poetry
- ENG* 282: Creative Writing: Poetry
- ENG* 283: Creative Writing: Fiction
- ESL* 165: ESL Reading & Writing I
- ESL* 166: Writing & Reading VI
- FRE* 108: Elementary French I and II
- FRE* 111: Elementary French I
- FRE* 112: Elementary French II
- FRE* 125: French Culture and Civilization
- FRE* 130: France Today
- FRE* 153: French Conversation
- FRE* 211: Intermediate French I
- FRE* 212: Intermediate French II
- FRE* 251: Advanced French I
- FRE* 252: Advanced French II
- HUM* 101: Introduction to the Humanities
- HUM* 172: Harlem Renaissance
- PHL* 101: Introduction to Philosophy
- PHL* 111: Ethics
- PHL* 131: Logic
- PHL* 151: World Religions
- PHL* 153: Buddhist Philosophy
- PHL* 163: Chinese Philosophy
- SPA* 108: Elementary Spanish I and II
- SPA* 111: Elementary Spanish I
- SPA* 112: Elementary Spanish II
- SPA* 130: Spanish Culture
- SPA* 131: Hispanic Culture
- SPA* 135: Hispanic Culture & Conversation
- SPA* 208: Intermediate Spanish I & II
- SPA* 211: Intermediate Spanish I
- SPA* 212: Intermediate Spanish II
- SPA* 251: Advanced Spanish I
- SPA* 252: Advanced Spanish II

Mode 4

Students must earn a minimum of three credits from the following list of courses in order to meet the general education requirement for associate degree programs.

Mathematics Learning Outcomes

Mathematics is a continuously evolving discipline that offers students an increased potential for understanding the world. Issues in diverse areas including medicine, business, science and the arts raise questions that require individuals to have a fundamental knowledge of mathematics. Mathematics enables the individual to make connections, use appropriate technology, formulate mathematical models to analyze real data, and to read and interpret quantitative information in order to make meaningful and appropriate decisions. In an ever-changing and increasingly global community, the mathematically-literate citizen will possess the problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills that will enable him/her to grow and meet its demands.

By studying mathematics, students will:

  1. Analyze and solve problems numerically, graphically and symbolically.
  2. Use mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computers, to create mathematical models of real-world situations.
- MAT* 109: Quantitative Literacy
- MAT* 138: Intermediate Algebra: A Modeling Approach
- MAT* 139: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra Combined
- MAT* 143: Math for Elementary Ed
- MAT* 146: Math for the Liberal Arts
- MAT* 148: Geometry
- MAT* 149: Structure of Math - Geometry
- MAT* 154: Technical Mathematics I
- MAT* 155: Technical Mathematics II
- MAT* 158: Functions, Graphs & Matrices
- MAT* 165: Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications
- MAT* 172: College Algebra
- MAT* 185: Trigonometric Functions
- MAT* 186: Precalculus
- MAT* 222: Statistics II with Technology Applications
- MAT* 230: Applied Calculus with a Modeling Approach
- MAT* 242: Projects in Calculus I
- MAT* 243 : Projects in Calculus II
- MAT* 250: Calculus I with Lab
- MAT* 256: Calculus II
- MAT* 268: Calculus III: Multivariable
- MAT* 272: Linear Algebra
- MAT* 285: Differential Equations
- MAT* 287: Set Theory & Foundations

Mode 5

Students must earn a minimum of three credits from the following list of courses in order to meet the general education requirement for associate degree programs.

Natural & Physical Sciences Learning Outcomes

Natural and physical sciences include the study of all living and non-living matter and energy encountered upon and within the earth, planets and stars. Studying the natural and physical sciences improves students’ understanding of biological, chemical and physical principles, and the methods of scientific inquiry. As a basis for life-long learning, students should understand the vocabulary of science and realize that while a set of principles has been developed through the work of previous scientists, ongoing scientific inquiry and new knowledge will bring changes in the ways scientists view the world.

By studying the natural and physical sciences, students will:

  1. Formulate approaches to problem solving that are based on the scientific method.
  2. Apply scientific principles in demonstrating their understanding of natural phenomena.
- AST* 101: Principles of Astronomy
- AST* 111: Introduction to Astronomy
- BIO* 105: Introduction to Biology
- BIO* 115: Human Biology
- BIO* 121: General Biology I
- BIO* 122: General Biology II
- BIO* 173: Introduction to Ecology
- BIO* 211: Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO* 212: Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIO* 235: Microbiology
- BIO* 260: Principles of Genetics
- CHE* 111: Concepts of Chemistry
- CHE* 121: General Chemistry I
- CHE* 122: General Chemistry II
- CHE* 210: Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- CHE* 211: Organic Chemistry I
- CHE* 212: Organic Chemistry II
- EAS* 102: Earth Science
- EAS* 106: Natural Disasters
- EVS* 100: Introduction to Environmental Science
- EVS* 130: Sustainable Energy and the Environment
- EVS* 131: Sustainable Energy for Residences & Businesses
- GLG* 121: Introduction to Physical Geology
- MET* 101: Meteorology
- OCE* 101: Introduction to Oceanography
- PHY* 110: Introductory Physics
- PHY* 121: General Physics I
- PHY* 122: General Physics II
- PHY* 221: Calculus-Based Physics I
- PHY* 222: Calculus-Based Physics II

Mode 6

Students must earn a minimum of three credits from the following list of courses in order to meet the general education requirement for associate degree programs.

Social Sciences Learning Outcomes

The social sciences are those academic disciplines that deal with aspects of human society. Although different in their approaches, paradigms and perspectives, the social sciences share a concern for the study of human individuals and their thoughts, emotions and behavior. Adhering to the principles of the scientific method, they seek to describe, analyze and interpret individual and collective behavior.

By studying the social sciences, students will:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of diversity.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of individual and group behavior in various settings.
  3. Examine the impact of social structure in individual and collective behavior.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding for world events.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of research.

- ANT* 101: Introduction to Anthropology
- ANT* 105: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANT* 201: Physical Anthropology
- ECN* 101: Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECN* 102: Principles of Microeconomics
- GEO* 101: Introduction to Geography
- GEO* 111: World Regional Geography
- GEO* 201: Urban Geography
- GEO* 202: A Geography of the United States and Canada
- HIS* 101: Western Civilization I
- HIS* 102: Western Civilization II
- HIS* 121: World Civilization I
- HIS* 122: World Civilization II
- HIS* 201: U.S. History I
- HIS* 202: U.S. History II
- POL* 101: Introduction to Political Science
- POL* 102: Comparative Politics
- POL* 103: Introduction to International Relations
- POL* 111: American Government
- POL* 112: State and Local Government
- PSY* 111: General Psychology I
- PSY* 112: General Psychology II
- PSY* 247: Industrial and Organizational Behavior
- SOC* 100: Community Engagement
- SOC* 101: Principles of Sociology

Source: 2010-2011 Course Catalog

Last Update: October 19 2010
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