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  Feb 02, 2023
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General Education Requirements

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General Education Paradigm/Philosophy

General Education course selections prepare students to become thoughtful, generative learners. Through exploring broad areas of knowledge - the human condition; the global and historical; the cultural and aesthetic; and the communicative, mathematical, scientific, and technological - students will develop the knowledge bases, and intellectual competencies, and be exposed to the values requisite for participating responsibly in, and adapting to, a complex and diverse world.

Knowledge Bases

A generally educated person possesses knowledge in the following areas:

Human Awareness and Understanding
  • Comprehends the dynamics of human behavior, development, and relationships
  • Comprehends the dynamic relationship between culture and human awareness
  • Comprehends the factors that promote physical, mental, and social well-being
Global and Historical Knowledge and Understanding
  • Comprehends a general knowledge of the nature, origins, and contributions of civilizations
  • Comprehends the workings and interrelations of personal, business, and government economies
  • Comprehends political, social, and economic systems and their effects upon society
Cultural and Aesthetic Knowledge and Understanding
  • Comprehends the contributions of the arts, humanities, and sciences of the human experience upon the individual and their world
  • Comprehends the development of the arts and sciences and their impact upon the individual and their world
  • Comprehends cultural systems and their effects
  • Comprehends the importance of human communications and understands a variety of effective communications methods
  • Comprehends the importance of effective communication
  • Comprehends methods for gathering, synthesizing, and integrating information in written and oral communication
  • Comprehends the connection between critical thinking and effective communication
Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Comprehends the basic concepts and investigative processes of the natural sciences
  • Understands various mathematical skills and techniques, and is able to apply them appropriately to solve real world problems
  • Comprehends the way science and technology shape our world

Intellectual Competencies

A generally educated person:

  • Reads, writes, speaks, and listens effectively
  • Acquires, evaluates, analyzes, presents, and communicates information
  • Employs quantitative and qualitative analyses to solve problems
  • Uses information technology in communication, research, and problem solving
  • Organizes concepts into orderly systems
  • Works collaboratively within complex systems and diverse groups
  • Applies ethical judgment to everyday life
  • Applies the scientific method of inquiry


A generally educated person values:

  • Intellectual honesty
  • Curiosity and openness to new ideas
  • Recognition of one’s own creative and intellectual potential
  • Acceptance of differences among people, and cultural diversity
  • Civic engagement
  • Lifelong learning
  • Social justice and equality 

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General Education

Students select general education courses from the five broad liberal arts discipline areas: communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Per Florida State Statute 1007.25(3) at “General education core course options shall consist of a maximum of five courses within each of the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.” Courses identified with an asterisk (*) are designated as state core courses, accepted as general education at all state colleges and universities. To determine which general education courses are required for your degree plan, please refer to your specific Program of Study .

Associate in Arts students: Please refer to the Associate in Arts  degree program for general education course requirements, including state core course selections. Please see an advisor for questions about specific general education courses required by your intended transfer institution for your intended transfer major.

Associate in Science students: Please refer to your specific Program of Study  to determine which general education courses are required for your degree plan.

A minimum grade of C or better is required in all general education courses.

I. Communications

State core course options are identified with an asterisk (*).

II. Humanities

State core course options are identified with an asterisk (*).

III. Mathematics

State core course options are identified with an asterisk (*).

IV. Natural Sciences

State core course options are identified with an asterisk (*).

Biological Sciences
Physical Sciences

V. Social and Behavioral Sciences

State core course options are identified with an asterisk (*).

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