General Education (Prior to Fall 2016)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The General Education Requirements presented on this page apply to all students who 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 view these new requirements, click here.

General Education Requirements (Prior to Fall 2016)

Guidelines for Fulfilling General Education/Liberal Arts Requirements (for students who enrolled in an associate degree program 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 former General Education requirements mandated 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 transferred 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 transferred 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.

A list of approved “L” courses appears 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.

A list of approved “D” courses appears 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
CHI* Chinese (all courses)
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* French (all courses)
 ENG*233 Shakespeare I
ENG*234  Shakespeare II
ENG*241 World Literature I
ENG*242 World Literature II
ENG*262  Women in Literature
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*121 World Civilization I
PHL*111 Ethics HIS*122 World Civilization II
PHL*151 World Religions HIS*201 U.S. History I
POL*102  Intro to Comparative Politics HIS*202 U.S. History II
PSY*201 Life Span Development HSE*101 Intro to Human Services
PSY*208 Psychology of Adult Development HSE*116 Youth Advocacy and Community Organization
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology ITA* Italian (all courses)
PSY*251 Behavior Disorders of Children MUS*104 World Music
SOC*240 Criminology MUS*152 Drumming & Percussion Ensemble
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* Spanish (all courses)
SSC*153  Women and Work
VET*102 Vet Office Management & Communication