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  Sep 24, 2017
 
2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education


All programs leading to an associate degree at Brookdale include the following competencies as appropriate to the specific degree in the general education portion of the curricula from the following major knowledge areas:

Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree students are required to complete coursework that addresses the General Education goals of Ethical Reasoning and Action (E)     and Information Literacy (IL)  in addition to completing courses from the above identified knowledge areas.  (E) and (IL) goals are integrated in a limited number of General Education courses.  AA and AS students must complete at least one General Education course that contains the (E) integrated goal, and at least one course that contains the (IL) integrated goal.

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.

General Education courses are identified in the course description section of the catalog and are listed below.

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

 

 

Associate in Arts

(A.A.)

 

Associate in Science

(A.S.)

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

Academic Credit Certificate

Communications (C)

             9 credits

ENGL 121                    ENGL 122                    SPCH 115

                  6 credits

ENGL 121                                                                ENGL 122

6 credits

ENGL 121                         ENGL 122 or SPCH 115

     3 credits

ENGL 121 or ENGL 122

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 3 credits     from any      category

 

Humanities (HU)

             9 credits

3 credits(1)

 

3 credits(1)

 

3 credits

Social Sciences  (SS)

             6 credits

3 credits(1)

Mathematics (M)

 3-8      

              

 

12 credits(3)

3-8          

 

 

9 credits(3)

 

 

3 credits

Sciences (SC)(2)

 4-8(2)

4-8(2)

Technological Competency (IT) (4)

 0-4(4)

0-4(4)

History  (HI)

             6 credits

                  

 

Cultural and Global Awareness (CG)(5)

            3 credits(5)

3 credits are recommended

3 credits are recommended

Ethical Reasoning and Action (E)

Students must complete at least one General Education course that integrates ethical reasoning and action (E). 

AAS and AFA students may fulfill the requirement to complete a course that integrates (E) and (IL) through General Education or other program requirements.

Information Literacy (IL)

Students must complete at least one General Education course that integrates information literacy (IL).

 

Additional Credits

 

              6 credits

Courses from any category

8 credits

Courses from any category

 

REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS(6)

          45

       30

20

6


 

 Transfer Degree General Education Requirements

General Education Knowledge Areas

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Associate in Science (A.S.)

  Communications (C)

9 credits
ENGL 121, ENGL 122, SPCH 115

6 credits
ENGL 121, ENGL 122

  Humanities (HU) 9 credits 3 credits (1)

3 credits (1)

  Social Sciences (SS) 6 credits 3 credits (1)
  Mathematics (M) 3-8 12 credits (3) 3-8 9 credits (3)
Sciences (SC) (2)    4-8 (2)    4-8 (2)
Technological Competency (IT) (4)  0-4 (4)    0-4 (4)
  History (HI) 6 credits  
  Cultural and Global Awareness (CG) (5) 3 credits (5) 3 credits are recommended
  Ethical Reasoning and Action (E) Students must complete at least one General Education course that integrates ethical reasoning and action (E).
  Information Literacy (IL) Students must complete at least one General Education course that integrates information literacy (IL).
  Additional Credits   6 credits
Courses from any category
  REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS (6) 45 30

Career and  Fine Arts Transfer Degree General Education Requirements 

General Education Knowledge Areas

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

Academic Credit Certificate

  Communications (C)

6 credits

            ENGL 121                                   

ENGL 122 or SPCH 115

3 credits
ENGL 121 or ENGL122

 

3 credits from any category

  Humanities (HU) 3 credits
  Social Sciences (SS)
  Mathematics (M) 3 credits
Sciences (SC) 
Technological Competency (IT) (4)
  History (HI)  
  Cultural and Global Awareness (CG) 3 credits are recommended
  Ethical Reasoning and Action (E) Students may fulfill the requirement to complete a course that integrates (E) through General Education or other program requirements.
  Information Literacy (IL) Students may fulfill the requirement to complete a course that integrates (IL) through General Education or other program requirements.
  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) 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 (IT) knowledge areas.

(4) Technological Competency can be satisfied by program requirements other than General Education. Students may take an assessment to demonstrate their technological competency and increase the number of credits completed in mathematics and science. Students should consult a Counselor.

(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) The number of required General Education credits are the minimum; the actual number of credits completed may exceed the minimum.

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

General Education Courses By Category


Humanities (HU)


 

Cultural and Global Awareness (CG)


 

Ethical Reasoning and Action (E)


 

Ethical Reasoning and Action is an integrated goal in General Education courses and is integrated in the following courses:

Information Literacy (IL)


 

Information literacy is an integrated goal in General Education courses and is integrated in the following General Education course:

Institutional Learning Outcomes


 

Institutional Learning Outcomes

 Institutional learning outcomes are the skills and abilities all degree-seeking students are expected to acquire upon degree completion.  They represent the general education model as articulated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the New Jersey State Community College (NJCC) General Education requirements.  Students will acquire these learning outcomes as appropriate for their degree type.  Specialized degree program requirements (A.S. and A.A.S. degrees) will be comparable, though not necessarily identical to the institutional learning outcomes listed below.

 

Middle States

General Education

Requirements

NJCC

General Education Goal Categories

Brookdale Community College Institutional Learning Outcomes

Critical thinking is embedded.

Written and Oral Communication

1

Written and Oral Communication (Communication)

Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

2

Quantitative Knowledge and Skills (Mathematics)

Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.

3

Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning (Science)

Students will use the scientific method of inquiry, through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Technological Competency

4

Technological Competency (Technology)

Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.

Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives

5

Society and Human

Behavior

(Social Science)

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

(Humanities)

Students will analyze works in the fields 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

(History)

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

(Diversity courses)

Students will understand the importance of a global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.

 

Ethical

Reasoning and Action

(Integrated Course Goal)

Students will understand ethical issues and situations.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning*

Information Literacy

(Integrated Course Goal)

Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating and effectively using information.


* Under the NJCC General Education Foundation (2011), critical thinking is embedded in all goal categories.