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General Education Requirements

Competencies will be met at the level appropriate to the credential.

A general education core curriculum will enable KCTCS colleges to graduate men and women who are intellectually flexible, articulate, reflective, creative, and prepared for continuous learning. For all students, this implies some understanding of the value of higher education and the world of work and career fields related to their own abilities, interests, and needs. The general education core competencies will enable students to develop their own values, pursue goals, and contribute to the political, moral, social, and cultural enrichment of society.

General Education Competencies

Students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining: 

  1. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural worlds through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.
  2. Intellectual and practical skills, including
    • inquiry and analysis
    • critical and creative thinking
    • written and oral communication
    • quantitative literacy
    • information literacy
    • teamwork and problem solving
  3. Personal and social responsibility, including
    • civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
    • intercultural knowledge and competence
    • ethical reasoning and action
    • foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  4. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills.

Written Communication

Course Title Credits
Diploma
TEC 200Technical Communications3
OST 108Editing Skills for Office Professionals3
Any Writing course approved for the AAS, AA, or AS
AAS, AA, AS, AFA
ENG 101Writing I3
ENG 102Writing II3
ENG 105Writing: An Accelerated Course3

Oral Communications

Course Title Credits
Diploma, AAS, AA, AS, AFA
COM 181Basic Public Speaking3
COM 205Business and Professional Communication3
COM 252Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COM 281Communication in Small Group3
COM 287Persuasive Speaking3

Quantitative Reasoning

Course Title Credits
Diploma
OST 213Business Calculations for The Office Professional3
Any mathematics course approved for the AAS, AA, AS, or AFA
AAS
MAT 105Business Mathematics3
MAT 110Applied Mathematics3
MAT 116Technical Mathematics3
MAT 126Technical Algebra and Trigonometry3
Any mathematics course listed below
AA, AS & AFA
MAT 141Liberal Arts Mathematics3
MAT 146Contemporary College Mathematics3
MAT 150College Algebra3
MAT 151Introduction to Applied Statistics3
MAT 154Trigonometry2
MAT 155Trigonometry3
MAT 159Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry4
MAT 160Precalculus5
MAT 161Statistics and Algebra5
MAT 165Finite Mathematics and its Applications3
MAT 170Brief Calculus with Applications3
MAT 171Precalculus5
MAT 174Calculus I4
MAT 175Calculus I5
MAT 184Calculus II4
MAT 185Calculus II5
MAT 206Mathematics For Elementary and Middle School Teachers II3
MAT 261Introduction to Number Theory3
MAT 275Calculus III4
MAT 285Differential Equations3
PHI 250Symbolic Logic3
STA 151Introduction to Applied Statistics3
STA 210Statistics: A Force in Human Judgement3
STA 220Statistics3
STA 251Applied Statistics3

Natural Sciences

Course Title Credits
Diploma
PHX 150Introductory Physics3
Any Science course approved for the AAS, AA, AS, or AFA
AAS, AA, AFA, AS
ANA 209Principles of Human Anatomy3
ANT 230Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
AST 101Frontiers of Astronomy3
AST/BIO 155Astrobiology3
AST 191The Solar System3
AST 192Stars, Galaxies and the Universe3
AST 195Introductory Astronomy Laboratory *1
BIO 112Introduction to Biology3
BIO 113Introduction to Biology Lab *1
BIO 114Biology I3
BIO 115Biology Laboratory I *1
BIO 116Biology II3
BIO 117Biology Laboratory II *1
BIO 118Microbes and Society3
BIO 120Human Ecology3
BIO 121Human Ecology Laboratory *1
BIO 122Introduction to Conservation Biology3
BIO 124Principles of Ecology3
BIO 130Aspects of Human Biology3
BIO 135Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory *4
BIO 137Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory *4
BIO 139Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory *4
BIO 140Botany3
BIO 141Botany with Laboratory *4
BIO 142Zoology3
BIO 143Zoology with Laboratory *4
BIO 144Insect Biology3
BIO 145Insect Biology Laboratory *1
BIO 150Principles of Biology I3
BIO 151Principles of Biology Laboratory I *2
BIO 152Principles of Biology II3
BIO 153Principles of Biology Laboratory II *2
BIO/AST 155Astrobiology3
BIO 209Introductory Microbiology Laboratory *2
BIO 220The Genetic Perspective3
BIO 225Medical Microbiology with Laboratory *4
BIO 226Principles of Microbiology3
BIO 227Principles of Microbiology with Laboratory *5
CHE 120Chemistry in Society3
CHE 125Chemistry in Society Laboratory *1
CHE 130Introductory General and Biological Chemistry3
CHE 135Introductory General and Biological Chemistry Laboratory *1
CHE 140Introductory General Chemistry3
CHE 145Introductory General Chemistry Laboratory *1
CHE 150Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry3
CHE 155Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory 11
CHE 170General College Chemistry I4
CHE 175General College Chemistry Laboratory I *1
CHE 180General College Chemistry II4
CHE 185General College Chemistry Laboratory II *1
CHE 270Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 275Organic Chemistry Laboratory I *2
CHE 280Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 285Organic Chemistry Laboratory II *2
EST 150Introductory Ecology *4
EST 160Hydrological Geology3
EST 161Hydrologic Geology Lab *1
GEO 130Earth's Physical Environment3
GEO 131Earth's Physical Environment Laboratory *1
GEO 251Weather and Climate3
GEO 280Environmental Science *4
GLY 101Physical Geology3
GLY 102Historical Geology3
GLY 110Environmental Geology3
GLY 111Physical Geology Laboratory *1
GLY 112Historical Geology Laboratory *1
GLY 114Environmental Geology Laboratory *1
GLY 125Geology of the National Parks and Monuments3
GLY 130Dinosaurs and Disasters: A Brief History of the Vertebrates3
GLY 131Dinosaur Laboratory *1
GLY 140Introduction to Oceanography3
GLY 220Principles of Physical Geology *4
PHY 151Introductory Physics I3
PHY 152Introductory Physics II3
PHY 160Physics and Astronomy for Elementary Teachers *3
PHY 161Introductory Physics I Laboratory *1
PHY 162Introductory Physics II Laboratory *1
PHY 171Applied Physics *4
PHY 172Physics for Health Sciences *2
PHY 201College Physics I4
PHY 202College Physics I Laboratory *1
PHY 203College Physics II4
PHY 204College Physics II Laboratory *1
PHY 231General University Physics I4
PHY 232General University Physics II4
PHY 241General University Physics I Laboratory *1
PHY 242General University Physics II Laboratory *1
SCI 110Science and Society3
SCI 295Scientific Investigations3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Title Credits
Diploma
EFM 100Personal Financial Management3
WPP 200Workplace Principles3
Any Social Interaction course approved for the AAS, AA, AS, or AFA
AAS, AA, AS, AFA
AGR 101The Economics of Food and Agriculture3
ANT 101Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT/REL 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
ANT 160Cultural Diversity in the Modern World3
ANT 220Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 221Native People of North America3
ANT 223Culture Change and Globalization3
ANT 235Food and Culture3
ANT 240Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 241Origins of Old World Civilization3
ANT 242Origins of New World Civilization3
COM 101Introduction to Communications3
COM 249Mass Media Communication3
COM 254Introduction to Intercultural Communication3
ECO 101Contemporary Economic Issues3
ECO 150Introduction to Global Economics3
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
FAM 252Introduction to Family Science3
FAM 253Human Sexuality: Development, Behavior, and Attitudes3
FLK 280Cultural Diversity in the United States3
GEN 140Development of Leadership3
GEN 225Lifelong Learning Applications3
GEO 152Regional Geography of the World3
GEO 160Lands and Peoples of the Non-Western World3
GEO 172Human Geography3
GEO 210Pollution, Hazards, and Environmental Management3
GEO 222Cities of the World3
GEO 240Geography and Gender3
HUM 135Introduction to Native American Literature 23
HUM 202Survey of Appalachian Studies I 23
HUM 203Survey of Appalachian Studies II 23
HUM 204Appalachian Seminar 23
HUM 221Contemporary Perspectives on Peace and War3
POL 101American Government3
POL 210Introduction to European Politics: East and West3
POL 212Culture and Politics in Developing Nations3
POL 235World Politics3
POL 255State Government3
PSY 110General Psychology3
PSY 180Human Relations3
PSY 185Human Potential3
PSY 223Developmental Psychology3
PSY 230Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying3
PSY 297Psychology of Aging3
PSY 298Essentials of Abnormal Psychology3
RAE 120Introduction to Chinese Culture3
REL 101Introduction to Religious Studies 23
REL 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 151Social Interaction3
SOC 152Modern Social Problems3
SOC 220The Community3
SOC 230Deviant Behavior3
SOC 235Inequality in Society3
SOC 249Media, Society, and Culture3
SOC 250Sociology of Popular Culture3
SOC 260Population, Resources and Change3
SPA 115Hispanic Culture: (Country or Region)3
SUS 101Introduction to Sustainability3
SUS 102Sustainable Built Environment3
SUS 201Sustainable Societies3
SUS 202Sustainable Urban Systems3
SWK 124Introduction to Social Services3
SWK 275The Family3
WGS 200Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences3

Arts and Humanities

Heritage

Course Title Credits
Diploma, AAS, AA, AS, AFA
FLK 276Introduction to Folk Studies3
HIS 101World Civilization I3
HIS 102World Civilization II3
HIS 104A History of Europe Through the Mid-Seventeenth Century3
HIS 105A History of Europe from the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present3
HIS 106Western Culture: Science and Technology I3
HIS 107Western Culture: Science and Technology II3
HIS 108History of the United States Through 18653
HIS 109History of the United States Since 18653
HIS 120The World at War, 1939-453
HIS 202History of British People to the Restoration3
HIS 203History of the British People Since the Restoration3
HIS 206History of Colonial Latin America3
HIS 207History Modern Latin America, 1810 to Present3
HIS 215Historical Perspectives on Prisons and Police Work3
HIS 220Native American History: Pre-Contact to 18653
HIS 221Native America History: 1865 to Present3
HIS 240History of Kentucky3
HIS 247History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 500-1250 A.D.3
HIS 248History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 1250 to the Present3
HIS 254History of Sub-Saharan Africa3
HIS 260African American History to 18653
HIS 261African-American History 1865 - Present3
HIS 265History of Women in America3
HIS 271Medieval Europe3
HIS 295East Asia to 18003
HIS 296History of Asia II3

Humanities

Course Title Credits
Diploma, AAS, AA, AS, AFA
ANT/REL 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
ART 100Introduction to Art3
ART 104Introduction to African Art3
ART 105Ancient Through Medieval Art History3
ART 106Renaissance Through Modern Art History3
ART 108Introduction to World Art3
ART 109Women in Art & Art History3
ART 201Ancient Art History3
ART 202Medieval Art History3
ART 203Renaissance Art History3
ART 204Modern Art History3
ART 205African American Art3
ENG 135Greek and Roman Mythology in Translation3
ENG 161Introduction to Literature3
ENG 190Introduction to Dystopian Literature and Film3
ENG 221Survey of English Literature I3
ENG 222Survey of English Literature II3
ENG 230Literature and Theme (subtitle required)3
ENG 231Literature and Genre (Subtitle required)3
ENG 232Literature and Place (Subtitle required)3
ENG 233Literature and Identities (Subtitle required)3
ENG 234Introduction to Women's Literature3
ENG 251Survey of American Literature I3
ENG 252Survey of American Literature II3
ENG 261Survey of Western Literature from the Greeks Through the Renaissance3
ENG 262Survey of Western Literature from 1660 to the Present3
ENG 264Major Black Writers3
ENG 270The Old Testament as Literature3
ENG 271The New Testament as Literature3
ENG/HUM 281Introduction to Film3
ENG/HUM 282International Film Studies3
FLK 276Introduction to Folk Studies3
GEN 125Applied Meta-Thinking3
HNR 101Intro to Contemporary Thought3
HON 101The Ancient World3
HON 102The Medieval and Renaissance World3
HON 201The Early and Modern World3
HON 202The Contemporary World3
HRS 101An Integrated Survey of Western Civilization I3
HRS 102An Integrated Survey of Western Civilization II3
HRS 201An Integrated Survey of Western Civilization III3
HRS 202An Integrated Survey of Western Civilization IV3
HUM 120Introduction to the Humanities3
HUM 121Peace Studies3
HUM 135Introduction to Native American Literature 23
HUM 140Introduction to Latino Literature3
HUM 150Introduction to African Literature3
HUM 160Introduction to Holocaust Literature and Film3
HUM 202Survey of Appalachian Studies I 23
HUM 203Survey of Appalachian Studies II 23
HUM 204Appalachian Seminar 23
HUM 220Historical Perspectives on Peace and War3
HUM 230Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation3
HUM 250Appalachian Literature Survey3
HUM 251Contemporary Appalachian Literature3
HUM/ENG 281Introduction to Film3
HUM/ENG 282International Film Studies3
MU 101Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents3
MUS 100Introduction to Music3
MUS 104Introduction to Jazz History3
MUS 206American Music History3
MUS 207African American Music History3
MUS 208World Music3
MUS 222History and Sociology of Rock Music3
PHI 100Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality3
PHI 110Medical Ethics3
PHI 120Introductory Logic3
PHI 130Ethics3
PHI 140The Ethics of War and Peace3
PHI 150Business Ethics3
PHI 160Philosophy Through Pop Culture3
PHI 170Philosophy of Religion3
PHI 180Animal and Environmental Ethics3
PHI 200Professional Responsibility3
PHI 260History of Philosophy I: From Greek Beginnings to the Middle Ages3
PHI 270History of Philosophy II: From the Renaissance to the Present Era3
REL 101Introduction to Religious Studies 23
REL 120Introduction to the Old Testament3
REL 121Introduction to the New Testament3
REL/ANT 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
REL 150Comparative Ethics of Major World Religions3
REL 160Religious Expressions of Forgiveness and Justice3
REL 170Philosophy of Religion3
THA 101Introduction to Theatre: Principles and Practice3
THA 200Introduction to Dramatic Literature3
THA 283American Theatre3
WGS 201Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Arts and Humanities3

Other Degree and/or Credential Requirements

College Success Courses

A College Success course promotes college completion by providing an in-depth experience that helps students learn a model for decision-making of life-defining choices. Students learn to use available resources to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to promote success. Students will evaluate a wide range of educational, career and life path options, and establish reasoned and researched goals for their future. For completion of the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, students must complete a college success course or approved equivalent.

Course Title Credits
FYE 100Strategies for College Success1
FYE 105Achieving Academic Success3

Cultural Studies Courses

Cultural Studies is defined as a course in which the major thrust is the study of one or more non-traditional and/or underrepresented cultures that are traditionally excluded from or marginalized in mainstream American curriculum. Cultural studies courses demonstrate a cultural emphasis in their course descriptions. For completion of the AA/AS degree, students must complete at least one cultural studies course.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Title Credits
ANT/REL 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
ANT 160Cultural Diversity in the Modern World3
ANT 220Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 221Native People of North America3
ANT 235Food and Culture3
ANT 240Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 241Origins of Old World Civilization3
ANT 242Origins of New World Civilization3
COM 254Introduction to Intercultural Communication3
ECO 150Introduction to Global Economics3
GEO 152Regional Geography of the World3
GEO 160Lands and Peoples of the Non-Western World3
GEO 172Human Geography3
HUM 135Introduction to Native American Literature 13
HUM 202Survey of Appalachian Studies I 13
HUM 203Survey of Appalachian Studies II 13
HUM 204Appalachian Seminar 13
POL 212Culture and Politics in Developing Nations3
POL 235World Politics3
PSY 230Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying3
RAE 120Introduction to Chinese Culture3
REL 101Introduction to Religious Studies3
SOC 235Inequality in Society3
SPA 115Hispanic Culture: (Country or Region)3
WGS 200Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences3

Heritage

Course Title Credits
HIS 101World Civilization I3
HIS 102World Civilization II3
HIS 206History of Colonial Latin America3
HIS 207History Modern Latin America, 1810 to Present3
HIS 220Native American History: Pre-Contact to 18653
HIS 221Native America History: 1865 to Present3
HIS 247History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 500-1250 A.D.3
HIS 248History of Islam and Middle East Peoples, 1250 to the Present3
HIS 254History of Sub-Saharan Africa3
HIS 260African American History to 18653
HIS 261African-American History 1865 - Present3
HIS 265History of Women in America3
HIS 295East Asia to 18003
HIS 296History of Asia II3

Humanities

Course Title Credits
ART 104Introduction to African Art3
ART 108Introduction to World Art3
ART 205African American Art3
ART 109Women in Art & Art History3
ENG 135Greek and Roman Mythology in Translation3
ENG 233Literature and Identities (Subtitle required)3
ENG 234Introduction to Women's Literature3
ENG 264Major Black Writers3
ENG/HUM 282International Film Studies3
HUM 121Peace Studies3
HUM 135Introduction to Native American Literature 13
HUM 140Introduction to Latino Literature3
HUM 150Introduction to African Literature3
HUM 160Introduction to Holocaust Literature and Film3
HUM 202Survey of Appalachian Studies I 13
HUM 203Survey of Appalachian Studies II 13
HUM 204Appalachian Seminar 13
HUM 230Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation3
HUM 250Appalachian Literature Survey3
HUM 251Contemporary Appalachian Literature3
MU 101Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents3
MUS 104Introduction to Jazz History3
MUS 207African American Music History3
MUS 208World Music3
REL 101Introduction to Religious Studies3
REL/ANT 130Introduction to Comparative Religion 13
REL 150Comparative Ethics of Major World Religions3
REL 160Religious Expressions of Forgiveness and Justice3
WGS 201Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Arts and Humanities3

Foreign Languages

Course Title Credits
FRE 101Elementary French I4
FRE 102Elementary French II4
FRE 201Intermediate French I3
FRE 202Intermediate French II3
GER 101Elementary German I4
GER 102Elementary German II4
GER 201Intermediate German I3
GER 202Intermediate German II3
JPN 101Beginning Japanese I4
JPN 102Beginning Japanese II4
RAE 150Elementary Chinese I4
RAE 151Elementary Chinese II4
SED 101Sign Language I3
SED 102Sign Language II3
SED 203Sign Language III3
SED 204Sign Language IV3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (spoken approach)4
SPA 102Elementary Spanish II (spoken approach)4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3

Digital Literacy

KCTCS defines digital literacy as the ability to ethically and responsibly use technology to skillfully locate, evaluate, use, create, and communicate information to improve the quality of life and employability of students.

Before completing an AA, AS, AFA, AAS or any diploma with KCTCS, students must demonstrate digital literacy by one of the following means:

  1. Passing the IC3 Global Standard Fast Track exam (using the most current Global Standard available), or
  2. Achieving the IC3 Certification, or
  3. Articulating credit from another institution which has demonstrated compliance with the above course criteria as identified by the registrar of the receiving college in cooperation with the digital literacy faculty of the receiving college, or
  4. Receiving credit for an approved KCTCS digital literacy course, or
  5. Completing a KCTCS program that has been given Digital Literacy status for the program, or
  6. Providing documentation of successful completion of other certification exams as approved by KCTCS.

Documentation of digital literacy will be recorded as course credit, program completion, transfer course or external exam credit.

Approved KCTCS Digital Literacy Courses

Course Title Credits
CAD 100Introduction to Computer Aided Design3
CIT 105Introduction to Computers3
DLC 101Digital Literacy3
DMI 228Seminars in Radiography3
DMS 119Ultrasonic Physics and Instrumentation6
DPT 100Introduction to 3D Printing Technology3
EDU 204Technology In the Classroom3
IMD 100Digital Information & Communication Technologies3
OST 105Introduction to Information Systems3
VCC 125Computer Graphics I3
VCC 150Mac Basics3

Approved KCTCS Programs with Digital Literacy Status

In addition to the courses listed above, the following KCTCS AAS programs are approved for Digital Literacy Status.

Students who complete these programs will not need to take an additional course to fulfill the Digital Literacy requirement.

  • Cybersecurity AAS
  • Nursing Associate Degree Program – Standard Pathway and Modular Pathway
  • Nursing – Academic/Career Mobility AAS Program
  • Nursing – Integrated Nursing AAS and Integrated LPN Diploma Program
  • Nursing – Practical Nursing Diploma, all Pathways
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics AAS

Course Transitions

A significant number of courses have changed prefixes and/or course numbers. This does not change the ability of the courses to fulfill general education course requirements as long as courses were eligible at the time of enrollment. Course changes for General Education courses are available in Appendices -E (through 2013-2014 academic year).