The policies, courses and programs described are not applicable until the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.
General Education Core
Students earning an Associates degree are required to take courses to fulfill the college-wide requirements of the General Education Core Curriculum.
A common general education curriculum contributes to the development of an educated person by exposing students to multiple disciplines and multiple methods of inquiry in broad foundational courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical and natural sciences, and mathematics; cultivates student success by helping students acquire skills and knowledge - such as oral/written communication, information literacy, and critical thinking skills - to further their education and thrive in a complex, diverse, and changing world. A common general education curriculum also permits students to change majors with minimal loss of credit or disruption in progress to degree completion and aids in seamless transfer and is aligned with the general education component of all Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP) transfer degrees.
Each General Education course will:
- Ask students to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, theories, primary works, skills, or ideas within the specific category discipline area.
- Ask students to interpret and apply introductory methods of inquiry and analysis in the discipline category.
- Have as its main objective, and 2/3 of its focus, the category content and/or skills.
- Be vetted in only one General Education category.
- Be vetted and approved by an appropriate academic discipline group.
Upon completion of the General Education Core Curriculum, students will be able to demonstrate beginning competency in communication, critical thinking, and the foundational knowledge and methods of inquiry in multiple disciplines.
The Connecticut State Community College General Education Core is comprised of the following course or categories: