Rationale for General Education Courses in the Associate of Arts and Sciences

We Require Because We Expect Students To
ENG 111-ENG 112 (6 Credits) …develop exceptional writing skills, understand the importance and correct procedures for citing sources, develop a depth of writing ability, and be able to develop a persuasive argument in written form.
General Mathematics (6 credits) …demonstrate effective quantitative methodology skills, develop quantitative reasoning ability, and expand computational proficiency. General education mathematics courses also provide students with a foundation for understanding the mathematical aspects of scientific methodology.
General Science (8 credits) …understand scientific methodology and critical inquiry. Students must also learn to apply those concepts in the laboratory setting.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) …develop an understanding of scientific methodology in social science disciplines and expand the understanding of the breadth and depth of personal, interpersonal, social, economic, and cultural behaviors.
History (6 credits) …to understand the connections between and progress of human thought, culture, and historical events spanning generations, and to establish a methodology for critical inquiry.
Literature/Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits - at least 3 credits must be literature) …to increase understanding and mastery of historical and modern human thought and reasoning.

In addition to the General Education requirements above, the following are also required for this degree

We Require Because We Expect Students To
CST 110 or CST 100 (3 Credits) …develop exceptional oral communication skills, increase knowledge of verbal and non-verbal language, become effective communicators in interpersonal situations for both small group and dyadic communication, orally articulate arguments for persuasive speaking and ideas for informative occasions.
Student Development- SDV (1 credit) …understand concepts of personal development and wellness.
ITE 119 or CSC 200 or ITE 120 (3 Credits) …understand the fundamental concepts and methodologies associated with information literacy, especially those necessary for the ethical and safe use of modern technology.

Course content represents a broad body of general knowledge about one or more of the major social, cultural, historical, or scientific forces that have shaped human identity and the world. Content is not focused upon a particular occupation or on professional skills. While most courses transfer readily to senior institutions, it is the student’s responsibility to determine if particular courses transfer to a given school.