General Education

Effective Fall 2010

Cape Cod Community College is implementing the following new requirements for all Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, effective Fall 2010 for all newly matriculated students.

Students who matriculated at Cape Cod Community College prior to Fall 2010 will follow the requirements in the catalog under which they originally matriculated. (Refer to College catalog archives.)

Associate Degree General Education Requirements*

All students graduating with an Associate degree from Cape Cod Community College will complete the following 21-23* credits of general education requirements.

 ENL101 English Composition I 3 credits 
 Humanities & Fine Arts 3 credits 
 Behavioral & Social Sciences6 credits 
 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (or)
 Natural or Physical Science
 6-8 credits 
 General Education Elective 3 credits 
 Total credits 21-23 credits* 


*Associate in Arts degree students take additional general education coursework to satisfy the MassTransfer block

Information pertaining to specific degree requirements can be found at:

General Education Requirements

Courses listed satisfy General Education requirements for the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees. Check the Associate in Arts concentration outlines for recommended electives and the Associate in Science programs for specific requirements. Note: 100-level courses are generally designed for first-year students; 200-level courses are generally designed for second-yeaar students.

List of General Education Courses - courses that satisfy General Education requirements.

General Education Criteria

In order for a course to meet General Education criteria, at least four of the six Institutional Student Learning Outcomes must be assessed within the course.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO)

  • Communication Skills
    The community college graduate will demonstrate the ability to express ideas clearly and cogently, and to read, write, speak, and listen using Standard American English.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
    The community college graduate will demonstrate the ability to locate and use information for the purpose of examining underlying assumptions and interpreting and evaluaating arguments, will create deliberately and independently using skills and knowledge acquired in our classrooms.
  • Ethical and Civic Engagement Practices
    The community college graduate will demonstrate a broad-based knowledge and understanding of ethical concepts and principles, decision-making, and behaviors and will understand the meaning and responsibilities associated with citizenship in the USA and the world community.
  • Multi-cultural and Global Awareness
    The community college graduate will demonstrate the ability to appreciate, analyze and deal constructively with historical or contemporary experiences of diversity in the USA and the world enabling the student to participate effectively in an increasingly complex and diverse world.
  • Quantitative and Computational Skills
    The community college graduate will demonstrate the ability to apply computational methods, generate problem-solving strategies, interpret equations and numerical data from tables, charts, and graphs, and organize, analyze, and present quantitative information.
  • Technological Literacy
    The community college graduate will demonstrate the ability to use current technology to improve his/her creativity, productivity, communication skills, research skills, and information management skills.

List of General Education Courses - courses that satisfy General Education requirements.