General Education

Definition 

General education is the part of a student’s education that assures that all graduates with a degree or diploma receive an appropriately broad and deep exposure to knowledge not specifically related to their field of study. General education is the part of a student’s education that assures that all graduates with a degree or diploma receive appropriately broad and deep exposure to knowledge not specifically related to their field of study. Each degree offered by the college requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education classes. This requirement is designed to ensure that Associate degree graduates learn to communicate effectively and have exposure to the broad disciplines of human thought including communications, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. This general education requirement is designed to produce graduates who have a well-rounded education, which complements the specific skills they may learn relevant to their particular discipline.

Inclusion in Degrees and Diplomas

General education is an essential part of all degrees and diplomas at Southeastern Community College. Each degree or diploma meets general education outcomes (competencies) at a level appropriate for that degree or diploma, either at the college level, degree level, or transfer level.

All transfer degrees contain a minimum of 45 semester hours of courses designated as general education including at least 6 hours in communications, 6 hours in humanities/fine arts, 6 hours in social/behavioral sciences, 3 hours in mathematics, and 4 hours in natural sciences. This is in accord with the standards set by the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and the University of North Carolina System, as well as between the NCCCS and the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. All general education outcomes are met through taking appropriate courses to complete the transfer degree.

All other degrees – associate in applied science and associate in general education - contain a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses and meet the general education outcomes at a level appropriate for associate degree recipients.

All diplomas must contain a minimum of 6 semester hours of general education courses. These programs will meet the general education outcomes at a level appropriate for diploma recipients.