All programs at MCC include a set of common – or core – requirements. These requirements enable students to explore their potential for learning and provide an educational context that promotes integrated learning. Such a foundation includes the ability to communicate effectively; to problem solve and think analytically; to observe and understand the physical and social world in which we live; to appreciate the nature of human creativity and cultures; and to develop the competencies valued in the workplace and community.
The Core Curriculum consists of two parts: seven General Education courses, and six Intensive Values courses. (Both are graduation requirements.)
- Seven General Education courses include:
English Composition I
English Composition II: An Introduction to Literature
One elective from each of the following disciplines:
Mathematics (above Algebra I)
- The Intensive Values requirements are found in a variety of programmatic and General Education courses, and include the following five values:
Impact of Technology or Environment or Health
Multicultural or Global Awareness (two courses are required)
Values or Ethics or Social Policy
Courses That Fulfill More Than One Core Requirement
There are several options:
- Interdisciplinary courses combine two disciplines (subject areas) and can fulfill two Core Curriculum requirements at the same time. These three-credit courses are usually co-taught by two faculty members – for example, one course that connects Humanities and Social Science, or Criminal Justice and Science. Students decide whether the three credits are applied to the required Humanities or Social Science, Criminal Justice or Science total, and will then have a free elective to choose for the 21-credit General Education Core.
- Some interdisciplinary courses are made up of two separate three-credit courses (“clusters”) with a common theme. These paired cluster courses fulfill two General Education Core Curriculum requirements in two different disciplines, such as Science and Humanities, for a total of six credits (or seven credits, if the Science course includes a lab).
- Students completing individual Service-Learning experiences (offered through a variety of courses in many different subject areas) will receive credit for the Values, Ethics or Social Policy Intensive. For additional Service-Learning information, contact the Service-Learning Coordinator at 781-280-3556.
- Many courses in a variety of subject areas fulfill more than one Intensive Value. Depending on the course, students can receive credit for two or more Intensive Values through successful completion of the course.
PLEASE NOTE: Associate degree students must complete the entire Core Curriculum in order to graduate. The Core Curriculum General Education course requirements are built into all associate degree programs. Waivers of the General Education requirements are not granted under any circumstance.
With regard to the Intensive Values component of the Core Curriculum, not all Intensive Values are included in every program. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students plan each semester’s course selections with the help of their academic advisor to make sure all Core Curriculum requirements are met.
Students who transfer 12 or more credits into MCC will be exempted from the Intensive Values requirements.