General Education

Becker College provides a strong liberal arts foundation in a supportive, hands-on learning environment.  Regardless of your chosen field of study, Becker College students graduate as well-rounded global citizens, prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead in their chose professions.  Becker College prepares students to navigate the greatest velocity of change in human history through a foundation in learning agility and value creation that we refer to as the “Agile Mindset”.  The Agile Mindset focuses on learning over knowing, with specific core competencies in: empathy to discover new needs divergent thinking to find and frame problems not yet known; an entrepreneurial outlook to turn uncovered needs into new value; and social and emotional intelligence to collaborate effectively in trans-disciplinary teams.  We believe the Agile Mindset is the new foundation of a general education curriculum and essential for success in the rapidly changing 21st century.

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 and sciences including 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 freshmen testing. Students must satisfactorily complete the foundational mathematics course prior to enrollment in any subsequent mathematics course.

General Education Faculty

» Written and oral communication
» Mathematics
» Natural Sciences
» Global Awareness and Diversity
» Humanities and Social Sciences
» Technology and Society
» Health Education

 

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