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 ScienceScience
Fine ArtsArtMAT*137, Intermediate AlgebraAnthropologyBiology
CommunicationDigital ArtsMAT*146, Math for the Liberal ArtsEconomicsChemistry
English*MusicMAT*168, Elementary Statistics and ProbabilityGeographyEnvironmental Science
ESL*TheatreMAT*173, College Algebra with TechnologyHistoryPhysical and Earth Sciences
LanguagesMAT*186, Pre-CalculusPolitical SciencePhysics
 PhilosophyMAT*254, Calculus IPsychology
MAT*256, Calculus IISocial 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*272Intermediate Accounting IIANT*205 Cultural Anthropology
ANT*101Intro to AnthropologyART*100 Art Appreciation
BMG*204Managerial CommunicationsART*101Art History I
BIO*212 Anatomy and Physiology IIART*102Art History II
BIO*235MicrobiologyART*103Art History III
BIO*260Principles of GeneticsBIO*211  Human Anatomy & Physiology I
COM*155History of Film IBIO*212Human Anatomy & Physiology II
COM*156History of Film IIBMG*202 Principles of Management
CHI*Chinese (all courses)
COM*173Public SpeakingCJS*101Intro to Criminal Justice
COM*226 Journalism ICJS*151Criminal Justice Supervision & Administration
ENG*101CompositionCJS*220Criminal Investigation
ENG*102Literature & CompositionCJS*225Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
ENG*200 Advanced CompositionCJS*250Police Organization & Management
ENG*202Technical WritingCOM*154Film Study & Appreciation
ENG*210 FictionCOM*155History of Film I
ENG*211Short StoryCOM*156History of Film II
ENG*213 PoetryCOM*255Topics in Film
ENG*214DramaECE*101Intro to Early Childhood Education
ENG*218AutobiographyECE*215The Exceptional Learner
ENG*220  Studies in American LiteratureECE*275Child, Family, and School Relations
ENG*221American Literature IENG*211Short Story
ENG*222 American Literature IIENG*218Autobiography
ENG*231  British Literature IENG*262Women in Literature
ENG*232British Literature IIFRE*French (all courses)
 ENG*233Shakespeare I
ENG*234 Shakespeare II
ENG*241World Literature I
ENG*242World Literature II
ENG*262 Women in Literature
ENG*291 MythologyGEO*101Intro to Geography
ENG*298  Special Topics in EnglishHIS*101Western Civilization I
ODD*103 Ophthalmic Dispensing IIHIS*102Western Civilization II
PHL*101Intro to PhilosophyHIS*121World Civilization I
PHL*111EthicsHIS*122World Civilization II
PHL*151World ReligionsHIS*201U.S. History I
POL*102 Intro to Comparative PoliticsHIS*202U.S. History II
PSY*201Life Span DevelopmentHSE*101Intro to Human Services
PSY*208Psychology of Adult DevelopmentHSE*116Youth Advocacy and Community Organization
PSY*245Abnormal PsychologyITA*Italian (all courses)
PSY*251Behavior Disorders of ChildrenMUS*104World Music
SOC*240CriminologyMUS*152Drumming & Percussion Ensemble
PHL*151World Religions
PHL*199Topics in Philosophy
POL*102    Intro to Comparative Politics
POL*103 Intro to International Relations
POL*111 American Government
PSY*103Intro to Holistic Wellness
PSY*111   General Psychology I
PSY*201Life 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*241Juvenile Delinquency
SPA*Spanish (all courses)
SSC*153 Women and Work
VET*102Vet Office Management & Communication