All CCV degree students complete general education courses as part of their associate degree. The purpose of the general education program at CCV is to develop engaged, self-directed, and collaborative learners who demonstrate core competencies, recognize and apply strategies of inquiry, and embrace the challenge, complexity, and wonder of our interconnected world.
develop written work with a clear thesis, organize supporting arguments, and employ correct syntax, mechanics, and disciplinary conventions;
prepare, organize, support, and orally present ideas that engage an audience and employ appropriate tone, language, and delivery style;
identify the information needed to approach a problem analytically; discover and evaluate academic resources using appropriate search strategies; and responsibly incorporate, represent, and cite source materials in student work;
use quantitative models, methods, and tools to evaluate information, draw conclusions, and provide supporting evidence for applications across a variety of disciplines;
identify and use appropriate technologies to locate, manage, and represent information electronically; and
apply an interdisciplinary approach to learning, drawing from various disciplines, such as science, humanities, and social sciences, to cultivate multiple perspectives on problems, issues, and topics.
General Education Requirements
1. First Semester Seminar
The purpose of the First Semester Seminar at CCV is to assist new students in achieving success, understanding academic freedom and responsibilities, and developing core 21st century skills and knowledge for lifelong learning and active participation in a diverse community.
or approved waiver for transfer students with a full semester of successful equivalent college-level learning or approved transfer course.
2. Introductory Written Expression - VSCS
The ability to express oneself clearly and accurately in written form, develop a thesis, and support it with evidence drawn from appropriate sources of information are elements of strong writing skills. Through extensive practice, students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work and ultimately demonstrate proficiency in first-year college writing.
This competency is satisfied by courses in which students use critical thinking to apply technological tools in the learning process and real-world scenarios. Completion of this requirement prepares students to function in a technologically evolving workplace and global community.
When choosing a Digital and Computing Literacy course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
This competency is satisfied by courses in which the emphasis is on developing general quantitative understanding and using mathematics as a problem-solving tool in business, education, human services and other professional fields, as well as in everyday life. Completion of this requirement prepares students to think critically and apply mathematical problem-solving skills to a variety of real-world problems.
When choosing a Mathematics course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
The VSC graduation standard will be met by a quantitative reasoning assessment administered outside of college math courses.
5. Natural Science - VSCS
Scientific literacy is essential to understanding and evaluating the impact and advances of science now and in the future. This competency is satisfied by courses in which students develop a working knowledge of the scientific method and the vocabulary and foundational theories of one or more fields of science.
When choosing a Natural Science course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
Social sciences provide tools for observing, analyzing, and interpreting human behavior. These courses offer an introduction to the major research methods, theories, and core concepts of human interaction.
When choosing a Social Sciences course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
Arts provide ways of expressing meaning, creativity, and ideas. These courses offer an introduction to methods, practitioners, historical perspectives, and cultural connections to arts, creative writing, and literature.
When choosing an Arts and Aesthetics course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
Courses in this area are designed to give students exposure to aspects of history, humanities, and foreign language that develop and broaden their perspectives in relation to the ways humans express meaning, possibility, and philosophical ideas.
When choosing an Humanistic Perspectives course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
Communication is essential in many aspects of our lives. Courses in this category focus on interpersonal communication skills and the effective verbal expression of ideas. Courses which fulfill this requirement also satisfy the Vermont State Colleges graduation standard in Oral Communication.
When choosing a Communication course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
This competency is satisfied by a course that integrates all aspects of research writing within the context of other disciplinary approaches to writing. Students’ work will culminate in a final paper that includes an implied or explicit thesis statement and integrates relevant source material from five or more credible sources using standard MLA or APA form.
When choosing a Research & Writing Intensive course, students are encouraged to check degree program requirements and courses recommended for transfer pathways.
Inquiry is the foundation for this interdisciplinary capstone course. It provides a forum for critical thinking about substantive issues, problems, and themes that affect the world, our society, our communities, and ourselves. Throughout the semester, students will be challenged to ask critical questions, evaluate evidence, create connections, and present ideas orally and in writing. Successful completion of SEI satisfies the VSC graduation standards in writing and information literacy.