General Education

Becker College provides a foundation in learning agility that equips students to navigate change and create value in the complex, hyper-connected, automated world, in a supportive, hands-on learning environment. We refer to this approach as the Agile Mindset. The Agile Mindset values knowledge and the power of learning, with specific core competencies in: empathy to understand what people need and create new opportunities; divergent thinking to understand problems and all possible solutions; an entrepreneurial outlook to innovate opportunity regardless of job or position; and social and emotional intelligence to collaborate effectively in trans-disciplinary teams.

Central to the general education program is the Agile Mindset Core Curriculum.  This curriculum is a series of five courses (four courses for transfer students with 15 or more credits and the equivalent of ENGL 1001) called the CORE.  Our CORE general education curriculum provides students a foundation in: the Agile Mindset and learning agility, fundamental skills in written, oral and visual communication, and a series of modules for career exploration, strategy, and planning, to align and leverage skills from the professional majors to collectively create a transformational learning experience.

Becker College believes that an educated person should also possess an understanding of the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, and mathematics. Consequently, each academic program at the College contains courses in these primary domains of human knowledge.  These courses complement the CORE and include developing competency in critical thinking and analysis, sensitivity to ethical and moral issues in society, and appreciation of artistic endeavors.  The goal of preparing students to succeed in a rapidly-changing global society not only requires students to develop an Agile Mindset, but also to develop a commitment to the value of learning throughout their lives.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

(These are minimum requirements; individual degree programs may have more extensive requirements in any area.)

CORE Curriculum
15 credits

CORE 1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm *
CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems
CORE 2003 Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need
CORE 3004 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value
CORE 4005 Agile Mindset Capstone

*Transfer students with a minimum of 12 credits will take CORE 1500, and will be given credit for ENGL-1001 if they have those credits in transfer.  They will not be required to take CORE-ENGL.

Requirements for the Associate’s Degree

(These are minimum requirements; individual degree programs may have more extensive requirements in any area.)

CORE Curriculum
6 credits

CORE 1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm *
CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems

*Transfer students with a minimum of 12 credits will take CORE 1500, and will be given credit for ENGL-1001 if they have those credits in transfer.  They will not be required to take CORE-ENGL.

Students may be required to enroll in a foundational mathematics course depending on the results of freshman testing. Students must satisfactorily complete the foundational mathematics course prior to enrollment in any subsequent mathematics course.

General Education Faculty

 

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