2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
    Nov 30, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog

General Education



General Education Philosophy

General Education develops essential intellectual skills and introduces the student to the broad understanding of the human experience. The CCC General Education Curriculum helps students acquire the basic skills different disciplines use to identify, research and solve problems; creates an awareness of the diverse nature of the world; develops foundational skills necessary for meaningful and respectful communication; and encourages students to become curious about and active in their world​.

 

General Education Learning Outcomes

Coconino Community College offers General Education courses that provide students with the highest quality experience. To that end, we measure the effectiveness of our program using the following student learning outcomes as our guide. Students who complete our General Education program, whether as part of a degree program or the AGEC, can expect to acquire or improve their skills in the following areas:

  • Thinking Skills: Using a variety of inquiry methods, resources, and reasoning skills that support and promote lifelong learning.
    • Formulate vital questions and problems in a clear and precise manner.

    • Gather, assess, and interpret information within a theoretical framework.

    • Develop well-reasoned conclusions and solutions to problems. 

    • Recognize and assess the assumptions, implications, and consequences of various theoretical frameworks.

  •  Communication Skills: Conveying of ideas using one or more methods of expression (written, oral, signed)

    • Plan, construct, and present logical, coherent, well-supported arguments with consideration of target audience.

    • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, at a college-level.

    • Demonstrate listening and comprehension skills for effective communication.

    • Use appropriate technology for communication and information gathering.

  • Diversity and Global Awareness: An understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, values, beliefs, and historical perspectives.
    • Analyze the complexity of humanity and its significance for the individual and for society.

    • Describe the interaction between individuals, their culture, and the physical environment.

    • Evaluate the continuity of events/issues over time

  •  Ethical and Civil Values: A better understanding of oneself and others in order to clarify individual and societal responsibilities, needs, and values

    • Recognize the consequences and significance of one’s actions.

    • Understand social values and the implications of those values

 


Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)

The public universities and community colleges in Arizona have agreed to three transfer general education programs. These general education transfer programs are referred to collectively as the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). This agreement ensures that the completion of the general education block of courses at CCC will allow students to transfer lower division general education courses to any of the Arizona public universities without losing credits. Courses applied to the AGEC may not be taken for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading. CCC began implementing the AGEC during the spring of 1999. Three certificate programs have been designated to complete the general education blocks of the AGEC requirements. These certificates are:

  1. Arizona General Education Curriculum, Arts: AGEC-A fulfills the lower division general education requirements of liberal arts majors (e.g., social science, fine arts, and humanities). AGEC-A requirements include:

    • First Year Composition: 3-6 credits

    • Mathematics: 3 credits

    • Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

    • Physical and Biological Sciences: 8 credits

    • Options: 0-6 credits to complete total credit requirements

    • Special Requirements: Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry, and Awareness Areas

  2. Arizona General Education Curriculum, Business: AGEC-B fulfills the lower division general education requirements of business majors. AGEC-B requirements include:

    • First Year Composition: 3-6 credits

    • Mathematics: 3 credits

    • Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

    • Physical and Biological Sciences: 8 credits

    • Computer Information Systems/Introduction to CIS: 3 credits

    • Options: 0-6 credits to complete total credit requirements

    • Special Requirements: Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry, and Awareness Areas

  3. Arizona General Education Curriculum, Science: AGEC-S fulfills the lower division general education requirements of majors with more stringent mathematics and mathematics-based science requirements. AGEC-S requirements include:

    • Composition: 3-6 credits

    • Mathematics: 3 credits

    • Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

    • Physical and Biological Sciences: 8 credits

    • Options: 0-6 credits to complete total credit requirements

    • Special Requirements: Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry, and Awareness Areas

 


General Education Coursework Criteria

General Education coursework must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Meet the particular AGEC category criteria
  2. Promote intellectual exchange as an essential part of the learning process
  3. With the exception of composition and math courses, all courses must provide tools for a broad understanding of the world, humanity, and the role of individuals within both.
  4. Be graded as A/F only, S/U grading not allowable
  5. Be accepted for transfer credit as elective or better at all three Arizona state universities according to the Course Equivalency Guide for the academic year in which the course was taken

Composition

Composition courses at Coconino Community College are designed to develop reading and writing skills at the college-level.

Composition courses:

  1. Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating.
  2. Develop critical thinking skills through examination, analysis, and evaluation of texts.
  3. Enhance students’ ability to respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations. Emphasize writing as a process that requires flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  4. Develop knowledge, control, and confidence in using writing conventions, including structure, paragraphing, tone, mechanics, and documentation.
  5. Promote reading and writing as life-long learning processes.

Mathematics

Mathematics courses at Coconino Community College are designed to develop essential skills in mathematics and an appreciation of the uses of mathematics in a variety of discipline areas. In these courses, students develop mathematical literacy enabling them to quantitatively compare, analyze, and model situations encountered in their world.

Mathematics Courses:

  1. Analyze polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions.
  2. Employ the concepts of mathematical modeling in a variety of application problems.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills through situational analysis and problem solving.
  4. Include the above criteria or require College Mathematics as a prerequisite.

Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities courses at Coconino Community College encourage students to explore, question, compare, and analyze moral, aesthetic, spiritual, and cultural ideas and works.

Art and Humanities courses:

  1. Examine, analyze, and evaluate aesthetic and philosophical contributions of humanity.
  2. Cultivate intellectual curiosity and a desire for the pursuit of knowledge.
  3. Examine, analyze and evaluate significant trends from various cultures and epochs.
  4. Develop critical thinking and communication skills.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and behavioral science courses at Coconino Community College are concerned with human interactions in historical, political, social, or psychological contexts.

Social and Behavioral Science courses:

  1. Examine methods of inquiry, theories, and interpretations of the human condition.
  2. Explore issues relating to the human condition.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills through application, analysis, or synthesis or ideas and evidence.

Physical and Biological Sciences

Physical and biological science courses at Coconino Community College are designed to develop intellectual curiosity, scientific knowledge and literacy through the study of natural sciences and scientific methods of inquiry.

Physical and Biological science courses:

  1. Examine scientific methods of inquiry and principles.
  2. Analyze and evaluate significant issues of science in relation to society with sensitivity to the benefits, risks, and costs of scientific inquiry.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills through experiential learning.

Explore how science relates to other disciplines.

Options

Any of the above criteria.

 

General Education List of Approved Courses at CCC 

 


AGEC Special Requirements Coursework Criteria

Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry “W”

  1. Require ENG 101  as a prerequisite and ENG 102  as a prerequisite or co-requisite;
  2. Emphasize the gathering, interpretation, and evaluation of evidence;
  3. Develop skills in analyzing and synthesizing information to support a thesis;
  4. Provide an environment which values factual and rational interchange;
  5. Develop critical thinking skills;
  6. Foster flexible and creative thinking;
  7. Enroll no more than 25 students per section;
  8. Require successful completion of the major writing project in order to pass the class (see 9b and 9c below);
  9. Pursue the above objectives by engaging students in the following:
    1. Frequent discussions to develop skills in critical listening, thinking, and interacting;
    2. Require the writing of a major project of at least 1500 words submitted for instructor approval incorporating the steps in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, organizing, reviewing, and revising) prior to receiving the final grade for the assignment;
    3. Require the writing of at least 2 other papers totaling an additional 1500 words.

Ethnic, Race, and Gender Awareness “E”

All courses designated in this area must:

  1. Foster an atmosphere in which relations between disparate groups may be improved.
  2. Develop an understanding of the significant contributions of minorities.
  3. Present aspects of the social, economic, political, or psychological relations between and among ethnic, race or gender groups.
  4. Analyze traditional views concerning gender and/or minorities.
  5. Explore changing perspectives about gender and/or minorities.
  6. Encourage curiosity about and empathy for cultural and gender differences.
  7. Promote critical thinking.

Global and International Awareness “C”

All courses designated in this area must:

  1. Develop curiosity about the empathy for cultural diversity and global issues.
  2. Incorporate subject matter within the twentieth century.
  3. Promote critical thinking skills.
  4. Emphasize one or more of the following:
    1. Awareness of the interdependence of societies in the world;
    2. Understanding of a variety of cultures;
    3. Study of a region or country outside the United States.

Historical Awareness “C”

All courses designated in this area must:

  1. Focus on historical sequence to show the interconnectedness of ideas/events/themes/theories.
  2. Explore a period of human history through the study of values, cultures, politics, or other aspects of culture.
  3. Cultivate curiosity concerning human and social behavior.
  4. Promote curiosity critical thinking.

 

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC): Special Requirements