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 12 or more credits and the equivalent of ENGL1001) 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

CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm
OR
CORE1500 Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems *

CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems
CORE2003 Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need
CORE3004 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating and Capturing Value
CORE4005 Agile Mindset Capstone

ENGL1003 Writing About Literature – 3 credits
History – 3 credits
Math – 6 credits
Natural Science – 7 credits
Social Science/Humanities – 3 credits
Global Awareness and Diversity – 3 credits

*Transfer students with 12 or more credits will take CORE1500 in place of CORE1001. Those students with 12+ transfer credits who are transferring in an equivalent course to ENGL 1001 (English Composition) will have already satisfied the requirement for 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

CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm
OR CORE1500 Managing Change and Navigating Unstructured Problems*
CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems

ENGL1003 Writing About Literature – 3 credits
Natural Science/Math – 3 credits
Natural Science – 3 credits
Social Science/Humanities/History – 6 credits

*Transfer students with 12 or more credits will take CORE1500 in place of CORE1001. Those students with 12+ transfer credits who are transferring in an equivalent course to ENGL1001 (English Composition) will have already satisfied the requirement for 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 Learning Outcomes

For Baccalaureate Degree Programs

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

For Associate Degree Programs

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

 

 

© 2017 Becker College. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement