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Based upon the conviction that in order to be well-rounded individuals who are prepared to succeed in college and to meet dynamic challenges in the workforce and the world, Montgomery College has made the General Education program a component of every degree program. Through a range of connected learning experiences, the General Education program introduces students to a breadth of knowledge that complements the depth provided in a completed degree program. The goal of the General Education program is to provide all students, in both career and transfer curricula, with the foundation to live productive lives, to be global citizens, to appreciate aesthetic values, and to engage in life-long learning in a continually changing world. To that end, the General Education program includes foundation courses that provide the basis for excellence and success in all courses, as well as distribution courses that allow students to explore how learning is integrated across the arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences.

Through engagement in high impact educational practices and completion of the General Education program, students will demonstrate ability in five areas of competency:

  • Written and oral communication
  • Scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency
  • Information literacy

As proficiencies, students will also develop:

  • An awareness of the arts
  • An understanding of their personal, social, and civic responsibilities as members of a global community.

General Education Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the General Education program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of discipline specific inquiry and methodology to acquire foundation knowledge in content areas.
  • Apply integrative thinking across disciplines in order to solve complex problems through collaboration and the synthesis of knowledge.
  • Apply the principles and methodologies of a variety of disciplines to consider the ideas, history, values, and/or creative expression of various cultures within the global community.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the skills needed to become self-confident, independent, lifelong learners, in order to meet the mental, physical, and ethical demands of personal and professional life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership skills that foster an active commitment to civic and social responsibility.

Information for Students

Whether the goal is to finish a two-year career program or transfer to another school, there are certain abilities that students need to be successful.  All degree programs have a central group of courses which emphasize General Education skills.

The List of Montgomery College General Education Courses

Maryland State Transfer Policies for General Education (MHEC):  How courses transfer to other Maryland State Schools

General Education Course Substitution Appeals:  How to request the use of a different course to fulfill a General Education Requirement; if based on a disability, see a DSS counselor for instructions

Information for Faculty

Sample Rubrics to Assess General Education Competencies and Areas of Proficiency

The Code of Maryland (COMAR) General Education Regulations

Links to General Education Resources

General Education Library Guide

Greater Expectations, Learning for the 21st Century (AAC&U)

AAC&U General Education

Updated 7/30/15

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