Jul 20, 2024  
Catalog 2016-2017 
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

I. Core Competencies

1. First Semester Seminar: Dimensions Courses

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.

Courses Meeting Requirement:

 Complete one of the following:

2. Technological Literacy

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.

3. Communication

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.

4. English Composition

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.

Courses Meeting Requirement:

5. Mathematics

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.


The VSC graduation standard will be met by a quantitative reasoning assessment administered outside of college math courses.

6. Research & Writing Intensive

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.

II. Areas of Inquiry

1. Scientific Method

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.

2. Human Expression

Courses in this area are designed to give students exposure to aspects of the arts and humanities that develop and broaden their perspectives in relation to the ways humans express meaning, possibility, creativity, and philosophical ideas. (Not required for A.A.S.)

Courses Meeting Requirement:

Complete any course in:


3. Human Behavior

Social sciences and history 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. (Not required for A.A.S.)

Courses Meeting Requirement:

Complete one of the following: 

III. Integrative Approaches

1. Global Perspectives & Sustainability

The ability to address the challenges of an interconnected and global 21st century requires knowledge of interdisciplinary strategies of investigation and an appreciation of cultural differences. This competency is satisfied by courses that promote global awareness and an understanding of the human and natural processes that impact the future of individuals, societies and environments across the globe. (Not required for A.A.S.)

Courses Meeting Requirement:

Complete one of the following: 

2. Seminar in Educational Inquiry

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.