General Education Program

 

Study Areas:

Study Area I. Arts and Humanities 9 credits
At least 3 credits required in 200-level literature, and no more than 6 credits from any one discipline. Courses that focus on creative expression and interpretations of human experience, or the appreciation and development of thought and ideas. (In this study area, students will choose from courses in literature, philosophy, fine arts, and additional disciplines. Click here for a full list of courses.)

Study Area II. Social Sciences 9 credits
At least 3 credits required in history, and no more than 6 credits from any one discipline. Courses dealing with formal social structures (such as governments, interest groups, territorial entities, economic firms) in their historical and contemporary contexts. (In this study area, students will choose from courses in economics, geography, history, political science, and additional disciplines. Click here for a full list of courses.)

Study Area III. Behavioral Sciences 6 credits
Courses that focus on the interaction(s) between and among individuals and/or groups and social/cultural institutions. (In this study area, students will choose from courses in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and additional disciplines. Click here for a full list of courses.)

Study Area IV. Natural Sciences 6-7 credits
A laboratory experience is required. Courses that focus on the scientific analysis of the natural world. (In this study area, students will choose from courses in biology, biomolecular science, chemistry, earth science, physics, and additional disciplines. Click here for a full list of courses.)

Skill Areas:

Skill Area I. Communication Skills 6 credits
ENG 105 or 110 required.* Students who have not completed ENG 110 prior to earning 61 credits are required to take both ENG 110 and ENG 202. Courses designed to improve communications skills relevant for the successful pursuit of a university education and for the enhancement of career opportunities.

Skill Area II. Mathematics 6 credits
A mathematics or statistics course (above 101 level) appropriate to the student's major interests, plus one additional course in MATH, STAT, CS, or FYS 106, totaling 6 credits. The courses must be selected from the Skill Area II approved course list.

Skill Area III. Foreign Language Proficiency 0-6 credits
Proficiency in a foreign language must be demonstrated before graduation.

Skill Area IV. University Requirement2-3 credits
Courses designed to foster personal well-being and the development of academic skills essential for the successful pursuit of a university education. PE 144 (Fitness/Wellness Ventures) is required of all students entering with fewer than 15 credits, and it is recommended that it be taken in the student's first year. Those entering with 15 credits or more may complete this requirement with 2-3 additional credits in the skill areas above or with other Skill Area IV courses. Remedial courses, MATH 101, and elementary language courses (111 or 112) will not fulfill this requirement.


 

International Requirement (6 Credits)

Note #1: A maximum of 8 credits in the study area portion and a maximum of 8 credits in the skill area portion of the general education program may be fulfilled by major and/or minor courses that are designated as applicable to general education, with no more than 8 credits total from any one field of study.

Note #2All entering students are required to take ENG 105 or ENG 110 (Freshman Composition), which is an introductory course in expository writing, unless exempt due to previous coursework. A score of 450 on the writing or critical reading portion of the SAT (or 21 on the ACT) is needed to enroll in ENG 110. If a student's SAT writing score is below 450 (or 21 on the ACT), the student will be required to complete ENG 099 (Remedial English), which focuses on improvement of basic writing skills, prior to taking ENG 110. Student writing is assessed during the first week of class. Course adjustments may be made if, based on the writing assessment, it is determined that a student is enrolled in the wrong writing course.

Note #3Those students who have been admitted to the CCSU Honors Program will fulfill many of their General Education requirements through the Honors Program curriculum. For further information on the Program, see www.ccsu.edu/honors.

Note #4When appropriate to subject matter, methodology, and class size, all courses designated for general education, in particular courses in literature, philosophy, the humanities, history, and the social and behavioral sciences, will require writing, including assigned papers and essay examinations.

 

First Year Experience (3 credits): Required for all students who enter with fewer than 15 credits and to be taken in the student's first semester.
This requirement is typically completed by a First-Year Experience (FYE) section of a course in general education and/or within a student's major/school. Those students who do not successfully complete an FYE course in their first semester will be required to successfully complete an FYE course in their second semester. Note: CRM 101, FYS courses, and other experiences designated by the FYE steering committee can also fulfill the FYE requirement.

 

General Education Objectives

In addition to offering baccalaureate degrees, the University aims to provide students with the basic foundations for life-long learning as rational members of society, to awaken the pleasures of intellectual exploration and to elevate aesthetic sensibilities. This commitment to personal development depends on the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, intellectual processes, and techniques. The general education program seeks to realize the following objectives: