Programs And Courses

Core Knowledge Areas/General Education Outcomes

Many HACC students must register for core knowledge area courses. Below is information on core knowledge area courses.


What is the purpose of core knowledge area courses?

Core knowledge area courses provide the foundation for essential knowledge and skills.


What are the core knowledge areas?

The core knowledge areas are:

  • Humanities and arts
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural and physical science
  • Wellness
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication


Are the core knowledge areas the same for all students?

It determines how many credits a student needs to complete of the core knowledge requirements to graduate. Associate in Arts graduates will complete more courses in the Humanities and the Arts rather than in the math or sciences. In contrast, graduates of an Associate in Science degree will have completed more courses in the math or sciences rather than in the Humanities and the Arts.


What will I be able to achieve after receiving my general education?

In addition, you will obtain knowledge and skills through our General Education Outcomes. These are integrated within your associate degree coursework. Through those courses you will achieve:

  • 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
  • Critical thinking - Generate a new idea or artifact by combining, changing or reapplying existing ideas or products.
  • Technology literacy - Properly utilize technology to complete an assigned task.
  • Oral communication - Competently construct and effectively present orally, information designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding or promote change in the listener's attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors.
  • Information literacy - Demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, organize and use information effectively and ethically.
  • Global Awareness - Investigate issues related to growing global interdependence of diverse societies.