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 seven General Education courses that have been designated as MCC Core
Curriculum General Education courses.
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)
Courses That Fulfill More Than One Core Requirement
There are at least two options:
1. 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.
2. Some interdisciplinary courses are made up of two separate three-credit courses with a common theme. These paired 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).
PLEASE NOTE: Associate degree students must complete the Core Curriculum – General Education Requirement in addition to specific program requirements in order to graduate. Waivers of the General Education requirements are not granted under any circumstance. 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 – General Education requirements are met.