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General Education Core

The General Education Core provides the foundation for a common body of essential knowledge and skills, taught and reinforced through courses selected in the knowledge and core abilities. The core knowledge areas are: written communication, speech communication, humanities and arts, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, natural and physical science, diversity and physical education and wellness. Core abilities integrate with content area to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in a complex and changing world and to provide a foundation for life-long learning. Core abilities are information literacy and computer literacy.

General Education Outcomes:

  • Quantitative Literacy
    Select and apply mathematical tools to draw conclusions from quantitative data.
  • Written Communication
    Write appropriately for audience, purpose and genre; demonstrate appropriate content, organization, syntax, and style; and acknowledge the use of information sources, according to convention.
  • Critical Thinking
    Generate a new idea or artifact by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas or products.
  • Technology Literacy
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate, create, and collaborate effectively using technologies in multiple modalities.
  • Oral Communication
    Competently construct and effectively present orally, information designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
  • Information Literacy
    Demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, organize and use information effectively and ethically.

Please note the different Core requirements for students who began Fall 2009 and before, for students who began Fall 2010,  for students who began Fall 2011, and students beginning Fall 2012.

Humanities & Arts (Core A)

Social & Behavioral Science (Core B)

Mathematics, Natural & Physical Science (Core C)

Diversity (D)

Physical Education & Wellness (W)


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