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From the 2016-2017 Catalog

General Education Core

All degree programs at HCC share a common core of learning. This core, considered General Education, is that aspect of the college's instructional program that develops and integrates the student's knowledge, skills, and experiences so that the student can engage effectively in a lifelong process of inquiry and critical thinking.

General Education Core* courses are:
ENG* E101 and ENG* E102

6 credits


3-4 credits


3-4 credits

Fine Arts

3 credits

Social Science

3 credits

Behavioral Science

3 credits


3 credits


24-26 credits

*In addition to the General Education core students must complete the computer literacy requirement.

Goals and Objectives of the General Education Core

The student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences:

1.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of the humanities and their methods;
1.2 Demonstrate a knowledge of the behavioral and social sciences and their methods;
1.3 Demonstrate a knowledge of the sciences and their methods;
1.4 Demonstrate a knowledge of fine arts and their methods;

2. Develop the ability to think critically:

2.1 State a problem clearly;
2.2 Observe data accurately;
2.3 Analyze and organize facts and ideas;
2.4 Draw reasonable inferences from facts and ideas.

3. Develop the ability to communicate effectively:

3.1 Write and speak clearly in standard English;
3.2 Receive and comprehend written and oral information;
3.3 Develop and explain a main idea;
3.4 Develop an argument to persuade an audience.

4. Develop the ability to use print and electronic information systems:

4.1 Collect and organize information about a topic;
4.2 Access information from libraries using printed and electronic sources;
4.3 Know the fundamentals of computer operation.

5. Develop the ability to make informed judgments concerning ethical issues:

5.1 Recognize both personal and public ethical issues;
5.2 Understand the consequences of a decision or a course of action.

6. Develop the ability to reason quantitatively:

6.1 Apply arithmetic and basic algebraic skills to problem-solving;
6.2 Interpret numerical information as presented in charts and graphs.