General Education Requirements

General Education Statement

(Adopted by the Faculty on 04/2017) – 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:

  1. Written and Oral Communication: Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
  2. Quantitative Knowledge & Skills: Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.
  3. Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning: Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
  4. Technological Competency: Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Historical Perspective: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.
  8. Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity: Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.
  9. Ethical Reasoning & Action: Students will understand ethical issues and situations.
  10. 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

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 Achievement, which are different from Academic Certificates, have no required general education component, general education courses are often included in the curriculum of these programs.

(NJCCC Goal Categories)


(Written & Oral Communication)
ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG, 105, ENG 109


(Quantitative Knowledge & Skills)
MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 141, MTH 213, MTH 221, MTH 222, MTH 239


(Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning)
BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, PHY 114


(Technological Competency)
CIS 104, CIS 107, CIS 131, ILS 101, CSC 100

Social Science

(Society & Human Behavior)
SOC 101, SOC 108, SOC 219, ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219


(Humanistic Perspective)
ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, ARB 101, ARB 102, CIN 101, ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, ENG 264M FRN 101, FRN 102, ITL 101, ITL 102, PHI 101, REL 105, SPN 101, SPN 102, SPN 201, SPN 202


(Historical Perspective)
HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, HST 162


(Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity)
ANT 101, ANT 105, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200, CIN 103, ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264, HST 121, HST 122, HST 137, MUS 117, PSY 232, REL 105, SOC 108, SOC 205, SOC 207

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