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General Education at Bunker Hill Community College

In order to better prepare students to thrive in the twenty-first century workforce and to become engaged and informed citizens, the College provides all associate degree-seeking students with a wide-reaching set of educational outcomes, regardless of their chosen program of study. Today’s general education encompasses more than the traditional critical thinking and writing requirements that defined general education programs of the past. Twenty-first century students need skills such as problem solving, intercultural communication, and digital and media literacy. At BHCC, these skills are incorporated into the curriculum to provide a cohesive education that prepares students to succeed in their chosen fields, in further study, and in the roles and responsibilities they take on within their communities.

Directly aligned with the College’s four Institutional Learning Outcomes (Inquire, Communicate, Act and Grow), the General Education Requirements are designed around a set of General Education Outcomes:

INQUIRE with intention

  • Connect experiences, insights and education
  • Define and investigate relevant questions
  • Practice information literacy in diverse applications
  • Develop problem-solving skills

COMMUNICATE with purpose

  • Construct meaning through active listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • Demonstrate digital and media literacy
  • Express ideas with intention
  • Engage in inclusive interpersonal dialogue

ACT to integrate knowledge and practice

  • Apply theory to practice and practice to theory
  • Use data to pose solutions to real-world challenges
  • Apply concepts of justice and wellness to knowledge and practice
  • Create work of personal and/or public value

GROW through continuous learning

  • Demonstrate resilience in response to change
  • Develop intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Construct knowledge independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrate agency as a learner and contributor to society

The General Education Outcomes are broader than any single academic discipline, and they are enriched in their value by being put into practice in the different disciplinary contexts that make up the General Education Program. Students fulfill their General Education Requirements by completing one course from each of the seven General Education areas – Academic Discourse, Research Writing, Quantitative Problem Solving, Community and Cultural Contexts, Scientific Reasoning, Creative Work, and the General Education Elective. Students should consult their individual Program of Study Curriculum Map for General Education course requirements specific to their major. Some General Education requirements are met by concentration courses. Such instances are noted in Program of Study Curriculum Maps. Students who receive Associate of Arts (A.A) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees must have completed at least 22 credits of General Education, one in each of the following areas:

Academic Discourse

College Writing & Composition

  • INQUIRE: Connect experiences, insights, and education
  • COMMUNICATE: Construct meaning through active listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • ACT: Create work of personal and/or public value
  • GROW: Develop intercultural knowledge and competence

Guiding Question

How do I engage with my own ideas and the ideas of others to make meaning and communicate with purpose?

Course Menu: ENG-111

Research Writing

College Writing & Composition

  • INQUIRE: Practice information literacy in diverse applications
  • COMMUNICATE: Express ideas with intention
  • ACT: Apply theory to practice and practice to theory
  • GROW: Demonstrate agency as a learner and contributor to society

Guiding Question

How do I formulate compelling research questions; discover, evaluate, and apply information from diverse sources; and integrate critical understanding of that information to create and communicate new knowledge?

Course Menu

ENG-112

Quantitative Problem Solving

Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning

  • INQUIRE: Develop problem-solving skills
  • COMMUNICATE: Demonstrate digital and media literacy
  • ACT: Apply theory to practice and practice to theory
  • GROW: Construct knowledge independently and collaboratively

Guiding Question

How can I use quantitative reasoning, computational skills, and algorithmic thinking to address compelling questions?

Course Menu

MAT-171, MAT-172, MAT-181, MAT-194

Community & Cultural Contexts

Behavioral & Social Sciences

  • INQUIRE: Connect experiences, insights and education
  • COMMUNICATE: Engage in inclusive interpersonal dialogue
  • ACT: Apply concepts of justice and wellness to knowledge and practice
  • GROW: Demonstrate agency as a learner and contributor to society

Guiding Question

How am I shaped by and how do I interact with community and cultural contexts?

Course Menu

ECO-201, ECO-202, GEO-101, GOV-101, GOV-103, HIS-101, HIS-102, HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-151, HIS-152, PHL-103, PSY-101, PSY-107, REL-111, SOC-101, SOC-109, SOC-227, VMA-111  

Scientific Reasoning

Natural & Physical Sciences

  • INQUIRE: Develop problem-solving skills
  • COMMUNICATE: Demonstrate digital and media literacy
  • ACT: Use data to pose solutions to real-world challenges
  • GROW: Construct knowledge independently and collaboratively

Guiding Question

How do I use science to investigate biological, physical and environmental global issues?

Course Menu

AST-102, BIO-105, BIO-108, BIO-115, ENV-105, ENV-110, ENV-111, ENV-113, ENV-115, ENV-120

Creative Work

Humanities & Fine Arts

  • INQUIRE: Define and investigate relevant questions
  • COMMUNICATE: Express ideas with intention
  • ACT: Create work of personal and/or public value
  • GROW: Demonstrate resilience in response to change

Guiding Question

How do I produce creative work that explores compelling questions, draws upon diverse voices, and reflects my understanding of human experience?

Course Menu

ARB-102, CHN-102, ENG-203, ENG-231, ENG-232, FLM-101, FLM-102, FRN-102, GER-102, INT-110, ITL-102, JPN-102, LIT-201, LIT-203, LIT-204, LIT-206, LIT-207, LIT-211, LIT-212, LIT-217, LIT-218, LIT-219, LIT-220, LIT-221, LIT-223, LIT-224, LIT-225, LIT-227, LIT-229, LIT-230, LIT-231, LIT-233, LIT-241, LIT-242, LIT-250, MUS-101, MUS-130, MUS-141, MUS-144, MUS-147, PHL-101, RUS-102, SPN-102, SPN-280, THE-107, VMA-104, VMA-112, VMA-113, VMA-122, VMA-123, VMA-124, VMA-161

General Education Elective

Behavioral & Social Sciences OR Humanities & Fine Arts OR Natural & Physical Sciences 

  • Courses listed in the General Education Elective category have aligned with one outcome for each Outcome area (Inquire, Community, Act and Grow).

Course Menu

INT-101, MAN-112, any course listed under Community and Cultural Contexts, Creative Work, or Scientific Reasoning