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CCC General Education Program


Statement of General Education Mission
Clinton Community College is committed to General Education, to learning which promotes the intellectual, social, and personal development of each student. Through its degree programs, the College provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need to fulfill their academic goals and to succeed in their careers. The General Education Program of the College mirrors the program adopted by the State University of New York Trustees, with modifications by curricula.

The General Education Program of the College consists of ten knowledge areas and two competencies. They are as follows:

I. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL AREAS
AMERICAN HISTORY
Students will demonstrate:
A. Knowledge of a basic narrative of American history: political, economic, social, and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society;
B. Knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups; and
C. Understanding of America's evolving relationship with the rest of the world.

BASIC COMMUNICATION
Students will:
A. Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms;
B. Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts;
C. Research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details;
D. Develop proficiency in oral discourse; and
E. Evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Students will demonstrate:
A. Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language; and
B. Knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.

HUMANITIES
Students will demonstrate:
A. Knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities (Art, English, Languages, Music, or Philosophy) in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program.

MATHEMATICS
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
A. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics;
B. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally;
C. Employ quantitative methods such as, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems;
D. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness; and
E. Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

NATURAL SCIENCES
Students will demonstrate:
A. Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis; and
B. Application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.

OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS
Students will demonstrate:
A. Knowledge of either a broad outline of world history, or
B. The distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of one non-Western civilization.

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Students will demonstrate:
A. Understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis; and
B. Knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences.

THE ARTS
Students will demonstrate:
A. Understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.

WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Students will:
A. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of Western civilization; and
B. Relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world.

II. COMPETENCIES
CRITICAL THINKING (REASONING)
Students will:
A. Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others' work; and
B. Develop well-reasoned arguments.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Students will:
A. Perform the basic operations of personal computer use;
B. Understand and use basic research techniques; and
C. Locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.