General Education Curriculum

General Education Requirements

General education courses are grouped into several major categories:

  • Communications
    Defined as courses designed to enhance facility in the use of the English language
  • Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Defined as courses designed to enhance mathematics and scientific conceptual understanding and applications, including computer science
  • Social Sciences
    Defined as courses designed to promote self awareness, including understanding social, economic, historical, and political problems and the responsibilities of citizenship in an interdependent world
  • Humanities
    Defined as courses in literary, philosophical, foreign language, aesthetic, or other humanistic studies to promote the understanding and transmission of values to one’s own and other cultures
  • History
  • Diversity/Global and Cultural Awareness
  • Ethical Reasoning

Minimum General Education Requirements for Each Associate Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses in each of the following categories:                             

  • Communication   
  • Mathematics/Science/Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Diversity and humanities

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses in each of the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Mathematics/Science/Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees require a minimum number of credits in an array of representative courses from the communication category and at least one course from mathematics/science/technology, social sciences, and humanities.

Distribution of Semester Hours of Credit for Degrees

Notes

  • ENGL 091 and ENGL 095, MATH 011 and MATH 012 cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  • Students placed in ENGL 091 and ENGL 095, MATH 011 and MATH 012 as a result of College Placement Test scores, will be required to complete these courses in addition to the general education and degree requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that writing courses be taken in sequence. ENGL 151 should be taken immediately after completion of ENGL 095.
  • Humanities electives in Literature are: Any 200 level ENGL course#. All other programs specifying only humanities elective will be free to select from the full range of English (and other humanities) courses except those taken to fulfill the required freshman English/Communications sequence. In no case can ENGL 151 or ENGL 152 be used as a humanities elective. ENGL 155 may be used as a humanities elective if it has not been taken as a requirement. This, however, is not encouraged for transfer students.

Approved General Education Courses

General Education courses are grouped into several major categories: Communication, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Science, Humanities, History and Diversity. All degree programs contain a core General Education foundation required by all two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Click here to view and print the list (PDF version)

NOTE:  This list may be changed by the statewide Academic Affairs Affinity Group (AAAG).
*   Courses with an asterisk have prerequisites.
+  Courses awaiting review by the AAAG/NJCCC Presidents

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