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General Education

A General Education Foundation for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Specialized Associate, and Certificate Programs in New Jersey's Community Colleges

 The following grid shows the General Education credit allocation by degree and certificate.

A General Education Foundation for Associate in Arts,
Associate in Science, Specialized Associate, and Certificate Programs
in New Jersey’s Community Colleges
(1997 Adoption, 2007 Reaffirmed, August 15, 2007 Revision) APPROVED BY PRESIDENTS – 9/6/2011)

General Education Goal(s)
Addressed

Course Categories
(Goal Categories)

A.A.*
Credits

A.S.*
Credits

A.A.S.*
Credits

Certificate*
Credits

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Communication

9

6

6

3

 

2

3

4

 

 

 

 

9

Mathematics—Science—Technological Competency

Mathematics 3-8 credits

Science 3-8 credits

Technology Competency 0-4 credits

12

9

3

3

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

9

Social Science

6

3

3**

3

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

9

Humanities

9

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

9

History

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

9

Diversity

3

 

Unassigned General Education Credit

 

6

8

General Education FoundationTotal

45

30

20

6

 

General Education Integrated Course Goal

   ***

 

Ethical Reasoning and Action

  

 

Information Literacy

 

*A.A.  The Associate in Arts (A.A.) program requires a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of General Education course work from among the indicated categories.

A.S.  The Associate in Science (A.S.) program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from among the indicated categories, with minimum distributions as shown. Beyond these minimums, any 30-credit subset of the A.A. program credit distribution will be accepted. General Education coursework in excess of the 24 credits listed should follow the A.A. distribution limits.

Specialized Associate A.A.S.  The specialized associate degrees shall include Applied Associate in Science (A.A.S.). This program shall require no fewer than 20 semester credit hours of General Education. Notwithstanding any articulation agreement, the General Education course should support career preparation. General Education course work in excess of the 12 credits listed should follow the A.S. distribution limits.

Certificates.  The Career Certificate shall prepare students to read and write effectively. At least two other General Education courses are required. The Certificate of Achievement (CoA) requires no General Education courses beyond those that support career education.

 ** Students must take 3 credits in Humanities and 3 credits in Social Sciences plus an additional 3 credits in either category for a total of 9 credits.

*** See the list of General Education Courses by Category; however, these requirements are embedded in existing courses.