Associate of Arts

General Education Core Requirements

General Education Core Requirements

The general education core represents the foundation of a liberal arts education. It is designed to prepare students with a broad educational experience in a biblical context on which to build as they advance in their academic program. Students seeking to graduate from Florida College must complete thirty-six (36) hours of general education requirements, the physical education requirement, and the Bible requirement.

Written Communication Skills: English Composition I and II (6 hours)

English Composition is particularly critical in developing in the student the ability to communicate effectively in clear and correctprose in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience – written communication skills. These courses will also develop reading skills and, to a lesser degree, oral communication skills and critical thinking skills.

Students must complete 6 hours of Freshman English Composition (ENC 1101, 1102 or 1121, 1122) or its equivalent (AP or CLEP credit). Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in courses applied toward this area requirement. Each of the two courses will satisfy 6000 words of the State of Florida Gordon Rule writing requirement. This area is required for all students and must be completed before the student may participate in graduation exercises.

Oral Communication Skills: Speech (3 hours)

Public Speaking is particularly critical in developing in the student the ability to speak and listen effectively and critically – oral communication skills. This course will also develop critical thinking skills and, to a lesser degree reading skills and written communication skills.

Students must complete a 3 hour speech course to graduate. SPC 1608 Public Speaking (formerly SPC 1600) is automatically approved to satisfy this requirement. Other speech courses must be approved by the Academic Dean and speech faculty to meet this area requirement.

Computation Skills: Mathematics (6 hours)

The area of Mathematics is particularly critical in developing quantitative literacy in the student – computation skills. These courses will also develop problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and, to a lesser degree, reading skills.

Students must complete 6 hours of mathematics (MAC 1105, 1114, 1140, 1147, 2233, 2311, 2312, 2313, MAP 2302, MAS 2103, MGF 1106, 1107, STA 2023) to graduate. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in courses applied toward this area requirement. The two courses will satisfy the State of Florida Gordon Rule requirement in mathematics. This area is required of all students and must be completed before the student may participate in the graduation exercises. No student may take a lower level mathematics course after satisfactorily passing a more advanced course without the specific approval of the Academic Dean. (See bachelor degree sections for specific required courses for education majors.)

Behavioral Science (3 or 6 hours)

The area of Behavioral Science is important in developing in the student the ability to understand themselves and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas – directly correlated with critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. These courses will also develop, to a lesser degree, reading skills and written communication skills.

Students must complete a combined total of 9 hours in Behavioral Science and Social Science with a minimum of one 3 hour course in each area. The student may choose to take 6 hours in Behavioral Science and 3 hours in Social Science (or vice versa). This requirement may be met by PSY 1012, SYG 2000, or SYG 2411. Each 3 hour course in this area will fulfill 3000 words of the State of Florida Gordon Rule writing requirement. (See bachelor degree sections for specific required courses for education majors.)

Social Science (3 or 6 hours)

The area of Social Science is important in developing in the student the ability to analyze his/her world and the place of individuals and groups within society—directly related to critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. These courses will also develop, to a lesser degree, reading skills and written communication skills.

Students must complete a combined total of 9 hours in Social Science and Behavioral Science with a minimum of one 3 hour course in each area. The student may choose to take 6 hours in Social Science and 3 hours in Behavioral Science (or vice versa). This requirement may be met by AMH 2010, 2020, ECO 2013, 2023, EUH 1000, 1001. Each 3 hour course in this area will fulfill 3000 words of the State of Florida Gordon Rule writing requirement. (See bachelor degree sections for specific required courses for education majors.)

Foreign Language (6 hours in sequence)

The area of Foreign Language is important in developing in the student insight into the language, culture, literature and life of people of other countries—directly related to written and oral communication skills. These courses will also develop reading skills and, to a lesser degree critical thinking skills.

Students who choose to take this area as part of their general education core must complete a two course sequence (at least 6 hours). Students who complete 6 hours in Humanities and 6 hours in Natural Science may omit this requirement from their program. This requirement may be met by FRE 1120, 1121, 2200, 2201; GRE 2140, 2141; HBR 2120, 2121; LAT 1120, 1121; SPN 1120, 1121, 2200, 2201. Students planning to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree may not omit this area. Each course in this area will fulfill 3000 words of the State of Florida Gordon Rule writing requirement.

Humanities (3 hours)

The area of Humanities is important in developing in the student an expanded knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought – directly related to critical thinking skills and reading skills. These courses will also develop, to a lesser degree, written communication skills.

Students must complete at least three hours in this area (AML 2010, 2020; ENL 2010, 2020; HUM 2210, 2230, 2930; LIT 2371; LIT 2953; MUL 1110; PHI 1010: REL 3308). Each 3 hour course in this area will fulfill 3000 words of the State of Florida Gordon Rule writing requirement. (See bachelor degree sections for specific required courses for education majors.)

Natural Science (6 hours)

The area of Natural Science is important in developing in the student an understanding of the natural world, how it functions, and how scientists reason – directly related to critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and computational skills.

Students who choose this area as part of their general education core must complete at least 6 hours of courses. Any combination of at least six hours in BSC 1005C, CHM 1030C, CHM 1032C, MCB 2000C or PHY 1020C or any of the following sequential courses: BSC 2010C/2011C; BSC 2085C/2086C; CHM 1030C/1031C; CHM 1045C/1046C; CHM 2210C/2211C; PHY 1053C/1054C; PHY 2048C/2049C; PSC 1121C. Students who complete 6 hours in Humanities and 6 hours in Foreign Language may omit this requirement from their program. (See bachelor degree sections for specific required courses for education majors.)