Programs And Courses

Core Knowledge Areas/General Education Goals

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 Goals. These are integrated within your associate degree coursework. Through those courses you will achieve:

  • Quantitative literacy - Quantitatively literate students appropriately and correctly use numerical data specific to the task.
  • Communication - Effective student communicators create and express ideas in speaking and writing in a clear, organized manner appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Critical thinking - Critical thinkers problem solve, create and evaluate. Critical thinking encompasses and is assessed through the following general education goals: information literacy, technology literacy, cultural awareness, communication and quantitative literacy.
  • Technology literacy - Technologically literate students effectively use and apply technology appropriate to the task.
  • Information literacy - Information literate students access, evaluate and cite sources to meet information needs.
  • Cultural Awareness - Culturally aware students investigate issues related to global interdependence and reflect upon their impact as global citizens.