General Education

Becker College believes that an educated person should possess an understanding of the humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics. Consequently, each academic program at the College contains courses in these primary domains of human knowledge. In addition to these areas of study, students complete interdisciplinary general education courses known as the CORE. The CORE curriculum provides students with a foundation in learning agility and value creation known as the Agile Mindset. An Agile Mindset is the ability to accurately assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses, critical thinking, learning styles, personality type, communication styles, and preferences to plan for one’s future and to effectively collaborate with others in a global society.  It focuses on changing and adapting thinking and behavior in response to the need for life-long-learning in a fast-paced-technological and complex world.

While concepts of the Agile Mindset are covered throughout courses in all programs at the College, the CORE provides students with a strong foundation in the Agile Mindset along with fundamental skills in written, oral and visual communication, and career exploration, strategy, and planning to align and leverage skills from the professional majors to collectively create a transformational learning experience.


General Education Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree

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

  • CORE – 9 credits
    • CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm or CORE1500 Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems* – 3 credits
    • CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems** – 3 credits
    • CORE3100 Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 credits (including the following required course)
    • ENGL1003 Writing About Literature – 3 credits
  • Behavior and Social Science – 6 credits
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning – 7 credits (must include one of each of the following)
    • Natural or Physical Science with Lab
    • Math/Quantitative Reasoning
  • General Education elective – 9 credits from any of the above three categories

Total 40 credits (13 courses)

*Transfer students with 12 or more credits (not including “early college” courses) and undergraduate students in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will take CORE 1500 in place of CORE 1001.

**Those students who are transferring in an English Composition course, including credit for AP Language and Composition, will have already satisfied the requirement for CORE-ENGL.


General Education Requirements for Associate’s Degree

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

  • CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm or CORE1500 Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems* – 3 credits
  • CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems** – 3 credits
  • ENGL1003 Writing About Literature – 3 credits
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Behavioral and Social Science – 3 credits
  • Natural or Physical Science – 3 credits
  • Math/Quantitative Reasoning – 3 credits

Total 21 credits (7 courses)

*Transfer students with 12 or more credits (not including “early college” courses) and undergraduate students in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will take CORE 1500 in place of CORE 1001.

**Those students who are transferring in an English Composition course, including credit for AP Language and Composition, will have already satisfied the requirement for CORE-ENGL.


General Education Learning Outcomes

  • Create a logical argument by integrating multiple scholarly and general sources and organizing and citing them appropriately.
  • Interpret and draw inferences from quantitative data and utilize mathematical concepts to identify and solve problems.
  • Apply scientific principles and methods to investigate valid research questions; collect, analyze and interpret data; and draw conclusions.
  • Describe the impact of social change on issues of diversity, ethics, prejudices and stereotypes.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to separate facts from inferences, critique information, and identify appropriate conclusions.
  • Utilize elements of the Agile Mindset to frame, articulate and develop potential solutions to unstructured problems.