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General Education Requirements

All degree programs at Sussex County Community College require the student to complete a certain number of general education courses in addition to specific courses that comprise the student’s major program of study. Among other things, general education courses provide college graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to communicate well, use technology, understand scientific developments, and function effectively as members of an educated society. In New Jersey, all community colleges require students to complete a variety of general education courses in the categories listed below. Each degree program at SCCC is carefully designed to include the appropriate number and type of general education courses, and it is important for the student and the advisor to adhere closely to the prescribed curriculum so that all of the general education requirements are met by the time of graduation. Specific courses that can be used to meet general education requirements in each category are listed on the following pages. If questions arise about general education requirements, they should be directed to the student’s academic advisor.

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Gen. Ed. Foundation Course Categories NJCC Goal Categories Course Criteria: Below are brief descriptions of the course criteria for satisfying the requirements.
1 Communication Written and Oral Communication An array of courses which prepare students to speak, read, and write effectively. At least two of these must be composition courses for A.A. and A.S. degrees. At least one of these must be a composition course for specialized degree programs and certificates.
2 Mathematics Quantitative Knowledge and Skills Any college level mathematics course including statistics, algebra, or calculus course(s). These courses should build upon a demonstrated proficiency in basic algebra.
3 Science Scientific Knowledge
and Reasoning
Any course(s) in the biological or physical sciences – or non-majors survey course. At least one of these courses must have a laboratory component.
4 Technology Technological Competency or Information Literacy Any course that emphasizes common computer technology skills (e.g. computer science, information technology) that helps students to access, process, and present information. This component is not required for students who can demonstrate competency.
5 Social Science Society and Human Behavior Any introductory course(s) from among anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology.
6 Humanities Humanistic Perspective Any broad-based course(s) in the appreciation of art, music, or theater; literature; foreign language; history; philosophy and/or religious studies.
7 History Historical Perspective Any broad-based course(s) or sequence of courses in World, Western, non-Western, or American History.
8 Diversity courses Global and Cultural Awareness Any course whose primary purpose is to expose students to a multicultural society or people possibly within the context of non-introductory study of a foreign language. If this goal is integrated into one or more general education course(s), the three credits may be moved from this category to another general education category.