General Education Requirements
General Education Statement – Adopted by the Faculty on 4/24/14 As part of Essex County College mission, the College seeks to transform lives so that students can achieve a better future through education. Essex students are thus empowered to become agents of change in their own lives, in their communities and in the world. Mastery of the general education courses prepares students with critical thinking, writing, problem solving, research and analytical skills that lay the foundation for academic excellence. Essex’s comprehensive core of general education courses is affirmed by the State of New Jersey. These courses ensure that no matter the degree chosen, all Essex students will graduate with a comprehensive academic perspective, as well as the more specialized knowledge of the major course requirements.
Essex County College firmly believes that broad-based knowledge best prepares students for further education at four-year institutions, as well as for the demands of a competitive marketplace and the global economy. Therefore, depending on the degree and major chosen, students may take a number of courses in the following categories:
- Written and Oral Communication: Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
- Quantitative Knowledge & Skills: Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.
- Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning: Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
- Technological Competency: Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.
- Society & Human Behavior: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.
- Humanistic Perspective: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language.
- Historical Perspective: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.
- Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity: Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.
- Ethical Reasoning & Action: Students will understand ethical issues and situations.
- Information Literacy: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
General Education Requirements vary depending on the type of academic program and comply with guidelines set forth by the statewide Transfer Agreement/Lampitt Bill (see http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/PDFs/XferAgreementOct08.pdf).
Students should consult the curriculum guide of their intended program of study to determine the exact general education courses required for their degree or academic certificate. A summary of the total minimum number of credits required in general education for each type of academic program at ECC is given in the table below. Note that the Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy general education goals are ‘incorporated course goals,’ which means that they are not addressed by stand-alone courses but, rather, are incorporated into general education courses that address one or more of the other general education goals listed above. In addition, while Certificates of Completion, which are different from Academic Certificates, have no required general education component, general education courses are often included in the curriculum of these programs.
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|GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION COURSE CATEGORIES
(NJCCC Goal Categories)
(Written & Oral Communication)
(Quantitative Knowledge & Skills)
(Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning)
(Society & Human Behavior)
(Global & Cultural Awareness)
|ENG 101 (A.A.)||MTH 100||BIO 101||CIS 104||SOC 101||ART 100||HST 101||ANT 101|
|ENG 102 (A.A.)||MTH 101||BIO 102||CIS 107||SOC 108||ART 101||HST 102||ANT 105|
|ENG 109 (A.A.)||MTH 102||BIO 103||CIS 131||SOC 219||ART 102||HST 111||ART 101|
|MTH 103||BIO 104||ILS 101||ANT 101||ART 200||HST 112||ART 102|
|ENG 101 (A.S.)||MTH 109||BIO 121||CSC 100||ANT 105||MUS 100||HST 122||ART 200|
|ENG 102 (A.S.)||MTH 113||BIO 122||ECO 101||MUS 108||HST 131||CIN 103|
|MTH 114||CHM 101||ECO 102||MUS 109||HST 132||ENG 205|
|ENG 101 (A.A.S.)||MTH 119||CHM 102||POL 101||ARB 101||HST 134||ENG 215|
|ENG 102 or||MTH 120||CHM 103||POL 104||ARB 102||HST 135||ENG 232|
|ENG 105 (A.A.S.)||MTH 121||CHM 104||PSY 101||CIN 101||HST 136||ENG 237|
|MTH 122||PHY 101||PSY 102||ENG 205||HST 137||ENG 238|
|MTH 127||PHY 102||PSY 219||ENG 208||HST 161||ENG 242|
|MTH 136||PHY 103||ENG 215||HST 162||ENG 263|
|MTH 141||PHY 104||ENG 221||ENG 264|
|MTH 213||PHY 113||ENG 222||HST 121|
|MTH 221||PHY 114||ENG 232||HST 137|
|MTH 239||ENG 238||MUS 117|
|ENG 242||PSY 232|
|ENG 250||REL 105|
|ENG 263||SOC 108|
|ENG 264||SOC 205|
|FRN 101||SOC 207|
|*Notes: (1) College Success Seminar (CSS) 101 – has technology components embedded in the curriculum of the course. (2) Students have the option of testing out of the Technological Competency component.|