The General Studies Curriculum

The General Studies curriculum is intended for students who wish to design a personalized two-year program for exploration or meeting educational and career goals not available in other programs. While students often enter college uncertain of where their studies are headed, Middlesex hopes that uncertainty can be replaced with clear academic plans and strongly encourages working with an advisor to develop their plan. Middlesex is committed to a sound liberal arts education and the development of a solid foundation of professional skills, which are incorporated through specific requirements in the program. The program also offers a great deal of flexibility as a basis for further study or career paths. However, please note that this program is not designed primarily for transfer purposes and does not provide adequate guidance for meeting bachelor’s degree requirements without careful assistance from an advisor. Those transferring students pursuing liberal arts degrees are encouraged to consider the Liberal Arts and Science program, which is specifically designed for this purpose. Other transferring students should ask their advisor to recommend the best program to meet their specific needs.

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Graduation Checklist

General Studies Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

General Education by Degree Requirements

Communication Skills    

  • ENG*101 Composition (placement test required)
  • ENG*102 Literature & Composition

Choose one of the following:







Computer Skills
One course from Computers-Applications, Computers-Computer Science, Computers-Technology, or Digital Arts.  Students with proficient computer skills may opt to take a computer placement test to waive the requirement, substituting an open elective.
Mathematics (placement test required)
MAT*104 or higher. Students planning on transferring to a four-year institution should check with an advisor; specific math courses may be required.
Fine Arts
One course from those listed under Art, Digital Arts, Music, or Theater.
HumanitiesOne course from those listed under Art, Communication, Digital Arts, English, Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Theater.  3-4
Social Science
Two courses from those listed under Anthropology, Economics, Geography,History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
ScienceOne science course, with or without a lab, from those listed under Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Health, or Physical Science.  3-4
Liberal Arts Electives
Two additional courses selected from Humanities, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science categories (see above).
Open Electives
Any credit courses offered by the college to meet a student’s interests and goals (courses must be numbered 100 and above).
 Total credits:

NOTE: The following requirements DO NOT ask a student to take additional courses. However, these types of courses must be included in a student’s course selections. See L & D course listings in the catalog:
(2) “L” – Library Skills courses (6 credits minimum). Note: ENG 101 & 102 meet this requirement.
(I) “D” – Diversity course (3 credits minimum)
(2) 200-Level Courses (6 credits minimum)