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  Nov 22, 2017
 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education


General education is “instruction that presents forms of expression, fields of knowledge, and methods of inquiry fundamental to intellectual growth and to a mature understanding of the world and the human condition, as distinguished from ‘specialized education’, which prepares individuals for particular occupations or specific professional responsibilities” (N.J.A.C. 9A: 1-1.2).

All programs leading to an associate degree at Brookdale will include a distribution of courses in the general education portion of the curricula from the following major knowledge areas:

  • Communications (C)
  • Humanities (HU)
  • Social Sciences (SS)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Sciences (SC)
  • Technological Competency or Information Literacy (IT)
  • History (HI)
  • Cultural and Global Awareness (CG)
  • Ethical Dimension (E)

Students should choose their general education courses based upon the degree sought and their transfer plans. Student Development Specialists (Counselors) work with students to design a plan of study and approve the plan in the name of the College.

A list of General Education courses by category can be found below.

General education requirements for each degree program are summarized in the General Education Knowledge Areas  table:

 

General Education Knowledge Areas

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Associate in Science (A.S.)

1 Communications (C) 9 credits
[2 composition and 1 speech course]
6 credits
[2 composition courses]
2 Humanities (HU) 9 credits 3 credits (1) 3 credits (1)
3 Social Sciences (SS) 6 credits 3 credits (1)
4 Mathematics (M)  3-8 12 credits (4)  3-8 9 credits (4)
Sciences (SC) (2)  4-8 (2)  4-8 (2)
Technological Competency or Information Literacy (IT) (3)  0-4 (3)  0-4 (3)
5 History (HI) 6 credits  
6 Cultural and Global Awareness (CG) (5) 3 credits (5) 3 credits are recommended
7 Ethical Dimension (E) At least one course in the student’s program of study must contain an ethical dimension. This course, which can come from any of the above knowledge areas or career course, should contain a component that helps the student recognize, analyze and assess ethical issues and situations.
  Additional Credits   6 credits
Courses from any category
  REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS (6) 45 30

 

General Education Knowledge Areas

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Academic Credit Certificate

1 Communications (C) 6 credits
[1 composition (writing) course; 2nd course may be composition or speech]

3 credits
[1 composition course]

 

3 credits

2 Humanities (HU) 3 credits
3 Social Sciences (SS)
4 Mathematics (M) 3 credits
Sciences (SC) (2)
Technological Competency or Information Literacy (IT) (3)
5 History (HI)  
6 Cultural and Global Awareness (CG) (5) 3 credits are recommended
7 Ethical Dimension (E) At least one course in the student’s program of study must contain an ethical dimension. This course, which can come from any of the above knowledge areas or career course, should contain a component that helps the student recognize, analyze and assess ethical issues and situations.
  Additional Credits 8 credits
Courses from any category
 
  REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS (6) 20 6


(1) Students must take 3 credits in Humanities and 3 credits in Social Sciences, plus an additional 3 credits in either category for a total of 9 credits.

(2) A laboratory science course is required for A.A. and A.S. degree students.

(3) Technological Competency or Information Literacy can be satisfied in accordance with the AA, AS, AAS, AFA and Certificate Requirements  requirements. Students should consult a Counselor.

(4) Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits for the AA degree and 9 credits for the AS degree to fulfill the requirements for the Mathematics (M), Sciences (SC) and Technological Competency or Information Literacy (IT) knowledge areas.

(5) Students meeting this requirement while simultaneously fulfilling the General Education requirement for another knowledge area will need to take three credits from any General Education knowledge area to satisfy the 45 credit requirement for the A.A. degree.

(6) Students may exceed required number of General Education credits depending on course selection for Mathematics (M), Sciences (SC) and Technological Competency or Information Literacy (IT) or Humanities.

A description of the General Education courses that meet the requirements of each General Education category are described in the Programs of Study  section for each degree program.

General Education Courses By Category


Humanities (HU)


Technological or Information Literacy Competency (IT)


Cultural and Global Awareness (CG)


Note


Additional General Education courses, not available at printing, may be added to this list. See Brookdale’s web site www.brookdalecc.edu for additional General Education course listings.

For information on the Lampitt Bill and transfer of General Education courses to four-year New Jersey institutions, see New Jersey Transfer Law .