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Philosophy General Education Courses



General education is the foundation of a student’s education. It is intended to impart core knowledge, intellectual skills, and attitudes that every educated person should possess and integrate into their personal and professional lives.

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While students graduating from North Central State College must be educated within their chosen technical field, they must also have an educational experience that enables them to be conversant and interested in areas beyond the scope of their technical areas. 

In addition to sparking an interest in self-directed and lifelong learning, general education should enable students to think about their technical areas in relation to what is going on in the society around them, make them more involved in developing their own sense of self, and think about their role as an educated person in society.

There are three major and equally important components of general education:

  1. Core areas of knowledge – A broad base of concepts outside of the student’s chosen technical field including, but not limited to, the arts, humanities, philosophy, and science.
  2. Intellectual skills – The personal and professional skills required to understand, apply, and communicate general and technical concepts.
  3. Attitudes – Concepts needed for the development of positive, personal perspectives as related to self and others.

General education courses should be introduced as early as possible in the curriculum and in a manner which is educationally sound. They should develop skills and/or knowledge that is common to and permeates all other courses within the degree program.

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General education at North Central State College is designed to provide all students the opportunity to achieve each of the following goals.

Core Knowledge

  • To understand concepts of ethics, philosophy, history, and aesthetics.
  • To understand concepts of social science, law, politics, and economics.
  • To understand concepts of literature, performing arts, and visual arts.
  • To understand concepts of science and technology.

Intellectual Skills

  • To develop the ability to read with comprehension, to communicate effectively in writing and speech, and to work effectively in groups.
  • To develop the ability to comprehend and apply mathematical concepts.
  • To develop the ability to research a problem or a topic by using library skills, computer skills, and community resources.
  • To become independent planners, creative problem solvers, effective decision makers, and independent critical thinkers, using mathematics, computers, and communication skills as appropriate.


  • To develop self-respect, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.
  • To develop sensitivity to other people by recognizing the common elements of the human condition.
  • To develop the desire to be lifelong and self-directed learners. 

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Written Communication

Course Number Course Credit
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1030 English Composition II 3
ENGL 2050 American Literature I 3
ENGL 2070 American Literature II 3
ENGL 2090 Introduction to Fiction 3
ENGL 2110 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2130 Introduction to Film 3
ENGL 2150 Technical Writing 3
ENGL 2180 British Literature I 3
ENGL 2190 British Literature II 3


Mathematics and Statistics

Course Number Course Credit
MATH 1070 Applied Geometry & Trigonometry 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 4
MATH 1130 Trigonometry 4
MATH 1150 Calculus I 5
MATH 1151 Calculus II 5
MATH 2000 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 2010 Calculus III 5
STAT 1010 Probability and Statistics 3
STAT 1030 Statistical Analysis 3


Oral Communication

Course Number Course Credit
COMM 1010 Speech 3


Science Electives

Course Number Course Credit
BIOL 1050 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 1070 Lifetime Wellness 3
BIOL 1101 Nutrition 2
BIOL 1230 Biology I 4
BIOL 1231 Biology II 4
BIOL 1550 Microbiology 3
BIOL 1710 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology 3
BIOL 1730 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 2751 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 2752 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry 3
CHEM 1030 Chemistry 3
GEOL 1010 Physical Geography 4
GEOL 1030 Historical Geology 4
PHYS 1010 Introduction to Physics 3
PHYS 1050 Physics for Artists 4
PHYS 1110 General Physics I 4
PHYS 1130 General Physics II 4


Humanities Electives

Course Number Course Credit
ARTS 1010 Drawing I 3
HIST 1010 American History I 3
HIST 1030 American History II 3
HIST 1050 Western Civilization I 3
HIST 1070 Western Civilization II 3
HUMA 1010 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUMA 1030 Leadership and the Classics 3
HUMA 2999 Special Topics in Humanities 1-6
MUSC 1010 Music Appreciation 3
PHIL 1010 Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 1110 Ethics 3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre 3


Social Science Electives

Course Number Course Credit
COMM 2010 Group Communication 3
COMM 2030 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 2250 Interviewing 3
COMM 2999 Special Topics in Communication 1-6
POLT 1010 American National Government 3
PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 1070 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
PSYC 1090 Death and Dying 3
PSYC 2010 Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC 2030 Child Psychology 3
PSYC 2050 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2070 Human Sexuality 3
PSYC 2090 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2100 Personality Theory 3
PSYC 2150 Educational Psychology 3
PSYC 2170 Forensic Psychology 3
PSYC 2999 Special Topics in Psychology 1-6
SOCY 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCY 2010 Cultural Diversity and Racism 3
SOCY 2030 Marriage and Family 3
SOCY 2999 Special Topics in Sociology 1-6

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