IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The General Education Requirements presented on this page apply to all students who are enrolled in an associate degree program prior to the Fall 2016 semester.

Students who enroll in a degree program, or change majors, beginning with the Fall 2016 semester will be required to follow new General Education Requirements.  These new requirements align with General Education Competencies adopted by the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System as part of the Transfer Articulation Program. To preview these new requirements, click here.

General Education Requirements (Current)

Guidelines for Fulfilling General Education/Liberal Arts Requirements (for students matriculating prior to the Fall 2016 semester)

Each degree program in the College requires that a minimum of 33 percent of the courses be in the Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts include the broad categories of humanities, fine arts, social science, science, and mathematics.  Any courses listed below will fulfill these requirements; however, please note exceptions.

As part of these requirements, students must have had successfully completed two “L” (library information literacy) courses and one “D” (diversity) course by the time they have completed 60 credits.  Click on the “L and D Courses” tab above, for more information

Humanities* Fine Arts   Mathematics**    Social Science Science
Fine Arts Art MAT*137, Intermediate Algebra Anthropology Biology
Communication Digital Arts MAT*146, Math for the Liberal Arts Economics Chemistry
English* Music MAT*168, Elementary Statistics and Probability Geography Environmental Science
ESL* Theatre MAT*173, College Algebra with Technology History Physical and Earth Sciences
Languages MAT*186, Pre-Calculus Political Science Physics
 Philosophy MAT*254, Calculus I Psychology
MAT*256, Calculus II Social Science

Please note:

  • *ENG*101 Composition does not satisfy the Humanities or Liberal Arts requirement.
  • *ESL*130 or above (up to 15 credits) satisfy Language and/or Humanities electives and/or requirements.
  • **MAT*075, MAT*085, and MAT*095 do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement.

“L” (Library) Course and “D” (Diversity) Course Requirements

MxCC’s General Education requirements mandate that students must have had two “L”  (library information literacy) courses and one “D”(diversity) course by the time they have completed 60 credits.  Students who transfer to MxCC with 30 credits or more are exempt from these requirements; if transferring with fewer than 30 credits, one “L” course and one “D” course are required.  Students who transfer in an ENG*101 equivalent course may use it to meet an “L” course requirement automatically.  No other transfer courses will fulfill an “L” or “D” requirement without special evaluation.

“L” Courses

An “L” course is one that requires some form of library project or research paper and includes a class session on information access by the library staff.  Information is a prominent part of all facets of our modern society and lifestyle.  As such, MxCC recognizes the importance of information literacy:  the ability to understand, navigate, and use information effectively.  Accordingly, MxCC has established competencies in information literacy that students should attain upon graduation.  Specific outcomes include the ability to:

  1. Recognize how information is generally organized and disseminated and how to access it.
  2. Identify key resources for and effectively navigate information within specific disciplines.
  3. Define a specific research topic and determine the nature and extent of the information needed for it.
  4. Develop and implement an initial search strategy appropriate for a specific research need.
  5. Assess the effectiveness of a search strategy and refine it as necessary.
  6. Evaluate information and sources critically to determine if they are appropriate for use.
  7. Identify and employ practices which are consistent with the ethical and legal uses of information.
  8. Organize, synthesize, and communicate information effectively.

“L” courses are designated with an “L” in the course description section of this catalog and in the list, below.

“D” Courses

A diversity or “D” course is designed to foster understanding, open-mindedness, and the valuing of others through an appreciation of human differences.  This may include race, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, as well as class, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, or other considerations.  “D” courses may take a comparative approach or focus on specific areas, especially those which have traditionally been underappreciated.  Specific outcomes include:

  1. Students will deal constructively with information, ideas, and emotions associated with diversity and conflict.
  2. Students will function more effectively in a pluralistic and diverse work environment within the realities of a global economy and marketplace.
  3. Students’ experiences of marginalization will be reduced and there will be an increase of their understanding of individuals’ experiences, values, and perspectives and the benefits of diverse ways within each field or discipline.
  4. Students will understand how the institutions, ideas, and traditions of the contemporary world develop and vary.
  5. Students will recognize diversity (such as the significance of race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, ethnicity, and/or other forms of differences) in experiences and perspectives in the cultures studied.

“D” courses are designated with a “D” in the course description section of this catalog and in the list, below.


ACC*272 Intermediate Accounting II ANT*205  Cultural Anthropology
ANT*101 Intro to Anthropology ART*100  Art Appreciation
BMG*204 Managerial Communications ART*101 Art History I
BIO*212  Anatomy and Physiology II ART*102 Art History II
BIO*235 Microbiology ART*103 Art History III
BIO*260 Principles of Genetics BIO*211   Human Anatomy & Physiology I
COM*155 History of Film I BIO*212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
COM*156 History of Film II BMG*202  Principles of Management
COM*173 Public Speaking CJS*101 Intro to Criminal Justice
COM*226  Journalism I CJS*151 Criminal Justice Supervision & Administration
ENG*101 Composition CJS*220 Criminal Investigation
ENG*102 Literature & Composition CJS*225 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
ENG*200  Advanced Composition CJS*250 Police Organization & Management
ENG*202 Technical Writing COM*154 Film Study & Appreciation
ENG*210  Fiction COM*155 History of Film I
ENG*211 Short Story COM*156 History of Film II
ENG*213  Poetry COM*255 Topics in Film
ENG*214 Drama ECE*101 Intro to Early Childhood Education
ENG*218 Autobiography ECE*215 The Exceptional Learner
ENG*220   Studies in American Literature ECE*275 Child, Family, and School Relations
ENG*221 American Literature I ENG*211 Short Story
ENG*222  American Literature II ENG*218 Autobiography
ENG*231   British Literature I ENG*262 Women in Literature
ENG*232 British Literature II FRE*101 / FRE*105 Elementary French I
 ENG*233 Shakespeare I FRE*102 / FRE*106 Elementary French I
ENG*234  Shakespeare II FRE* 201 / FRE*205 Intermediate French I
ENG*262  Women in Literature FRE*202 / FRE*206 Intermediate French II
ENG*291  Mythology GEO*101 Intro to Geography
ENG*298   Special Topics in English HIS*101 Western Civilization I
ODD*103  Ophthalmic Dispensing II HIS*102 Western Civilization II
PHL*101 Intro to Philosophy HIS*201 U.S. History I
PHL*111 Ethics HIS*202 U.S. History II
PHL*151 World Religions HSE*101 Intro to Human Services
POL*102  Intro to Comparative Politics HSE*116 Youth Advocacy and Community Organization
PSY*201 Life Span Development ITA*101 / ITA* 105 Elementary Italian I
PSY*208 Psychology of Adult Development ITA*102 / ITA*106 Elementary Italian II
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology MUS*104 World Music
PSY*251 Behavior Disorders of Children MUS*152 Drumming & Percussion Ensemble
SOC*240 Criminology PHL*151 World Religions
PHL*199 Topics in Philosophy
POL*102     Intro to Comparative Politics
POL*103  Intro to International Relations
POL*111  American Government
PSY*103 Intro to Holistic Wellness
PSY*111   General Psychology I
PSY*201 Life Span Development
PSY*240  Social Psychology
PSY*245  Abnormal Psychology
SOC*101   Principles of Sociology
SOC*210     Sociology of the Family
SOC*212   Sociology of Women
SOC*213  Human Sexuality
SOC*241 Juvenile Delinquency
SPA*111 or
SPA*101 / SPA*105
Elementary Spanish I
SPA*112 or
SPA*102 / SPA*106
Elementary Spanish II
SPA*211 or
SPA*201 / SPA*205
Intermediate Spanish I
SPA*212 or
SPA*202 / SPA*206
Intermediate Spanish II
SSC*153  Women and Work
VET*102 Vet Office Management & Communication


Students should consult advisors about academic problems, changes in academic plans and graduation requirements.


Students who wish to change programs should make this change in the Records Office.

Students who wish to substitute courses in a program must complete the request form available in the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs and secure approval from both their advisor and the chairperson of the division in which the program is administered.

Course changes are permitted during the first full week of classes on a space available basis, and with the permission of the Records Office. Course changes after this point require permission of the instructor and must be reported to the Records Office.


All students should select course loads appropriate for their academic abilities and their employment responsibilities. A full-time course load usually consists of 15 semester hours but no less than 12 hours. Students who wish to take more than 17 credits must have their advisor’s recommendation and the approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.


The degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) are awarded by the Board of Regents to qualifying candidates.

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed to provide students with broad general knowledge as a basis for transfer to four-year programs at other colleges and universities. Programs emphasize the humanities and science disciplines and highlight courses in language, math and the social sciences.

Students are encouraged to inquire about transfer information with colleges of their choice.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) curriculum is designed to provide students with a general education which includes courses in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, math and science. Some programs include required courses in skill areas designed to prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of careers, while others list broad elective categories which assist students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

Tracks:  Some programs have two or even three tracks.  A program track might be thought of as an emphasis or as a major within a major.  A student completing two program tracks in the same program will receive only one diploma.  The transcript will indicate that course work was concentrated in one or more program tracks.


Per agreement between the Connecticut Community Colleges, the Connecticut State University System, and the University of Connecticut, students may take select courses at any other state institution if such courses are not offered at the student’s home institution.  Please see your advisor or a counselor for additional information.