Core Courses

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.

There are five Agile Mindset General Education Courses for students who start at Becker as freshmen and four for transfer students. Offering a holistic approach, each course includes an academic and career component.

Agile Mindset Courses

For students entering as freshmen:

Agile Mindset Gen Ed Courses 1-5

CORE 1001
Managing Transitions: Change is the Norm
  • Accelerated Change
  • Managing Transitions
  • Importance of Learning Agility
CORE-ENGL
New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems
  • Navigating Ambiguity and Unstructured Problems
  • Divergent Thinking and Problem Framing
  • Writing Intensive
CORE 2003
Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need
  • Discovering Unmet Needs
  • Exploring Assumptions and Biases
  • Oral Communication Intensive
CORE 3004
Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value
  • Creating Value Proposition and Business Model
  • Social Business
  • Thinking in Code
CORE 4005
Integrated Capstone
  • Real World Challenges
  • Propositional Thinking
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration

For transfer students:

Agile Mindset Gen Ed Core Courses 2-5 (For Transfer Students)

CORE 1500
Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems
  • Accelerated Change and Unstructured Problems
  • Divergent Thinking and Problem Framing
  • Importance of Learning Agility
CORE 2003
Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need
  • Discovering Unmet Needs
  • Exploring Assumptions and Biases
  • Oral Communication Intensive
CORE 3004
Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value
  • Creating Value Proposition and Business Model
  • Social Business
  • Thinking in Code
CORE 4005
Integrated Capstone
  • Real World Challenges
  • Propositional Thinking
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Courses Descriptions:

CORE 1001

Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm (3 credits)

  • In this introductory course, you’ll explore the Agile Mindset and how it prepares you for the future of work. You’ll understand how rapid change in economics, society, politics, technology, globalization, and the environment will affect your future occupations. All students, no matter their major, will create a career plan that incorporates modern student success skills, collaboration, and cognitive load management.
  • Prerequisites: None.

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CORE-ENGL

The New Normal Exploring Unstructured Problems (3 credits)

  • In this second CORE course, you’ll use writing as the primary tool to explore, analyze, and reflect on innovative problem-solving ideas. By using divergent thinking, you’ll identify problems and offer solutions.
  • Writing Intensive
  • Prerequisite: CORE 1001
  • NOTE: This course has been designed to meet the requirements of a traditional freshman composition course in addition to the Becker College Core. This course is approved as an equivalency for ENGL-1001.

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CORE 1500

Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems (3 credits)

  • In this CORE course for transfer students, you’ll become familiar with the core tenets of the Agile Mindset and how it prepares you for acquiring knowledge in higher education, the workforce, and the world. You’ll analyze the rapid change in the global economy and society and relate this change to your future occupation. You’ll investigate your field or industry and create strategies to adapt and thrive in the future workforce.
  • This course replaces CORE 1001 and CORE ENGL for students transferring in with both ENGL 1001 or its equivalent and 12 or more credits from another institution.
  • This course meets the pre-requisite requirements for CORE 2003 – Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need.  This is a required course for all transfer students, and students cannot withdraw from the course.

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CORE 2003

Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need (3 credits)

  • For the third CORE course, you’ll use oral communication to express the use of empathy in facing global challenges. You’ll hone qualitative research skills by using observation and conducting interviews to explore human behavior, perception, and cultural norms. You’ll work in teams to collaborate in identifying opportunity to create change.
  • Oral Communication Intensive
  • Prerequisite: CORE 1001 & CORE-ENGL or CORE 1500
  • Coming Spring 2017

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CORE 3004

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value (3 credits)

  • The fourth CORE course takes what you’ve learned about Agile Mindset you’ll learn how to create value in your field of study, and apply this to create sustainable business solutions to a social problem. You will learn how to create value and thus bolster your unique personal brand.
  • Prerequisite: CORE 2003
  • Coming Fall 2017

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CORE 4005

Integration: Capstone (3 credits)

  • The culmination of the CORE courses allows students to integrate their acquired skills and knowledge into practical solutions. This service learning opportunity is a semester-long project with either an industry or community partner to showcase how the Agile Mindset can solve problems and create value while creating lasting social impact. The solution can be a product, service, business, or process that can measurably improve the human condition.
  • Prerequisite: CORE 3004
  • Coming Spring 2018
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