General Education Program for the Associate of Arts Degree

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The general education program at Jefferson College is designed to introduce students to the traditional disciplines of the arts and sciences. It is an aspect of the College’s instructional program which enables a student to acquire general knowledge and intellectual skills to achieve some level of basic competencies; to prepare for advanced work; and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to function in society.

General Education Program for the Associate of Arts Degree

General Education Program for the Associate of Science Degree

General Education 

In order to ensure transferability of general education credit, Jefferson College, as a public institution implementing the Statewide Articulation and Transfer Agreement among Missouri Colleges and Universities, has constructed a 42 semester-hour block of general education credit that is considered equivalent to corresponding blocks of general education credit at other public and signatory institutions.  The general education program requirements address eight state-level curricular goals and associated institutional-level competencies that fall into two categories:  academic skills and knowledge. The skill areas are Communicating, Higher-Order Thinking, Managing Information, and Valuing. The knowledge areas are Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Mathematics, and Life and Physical Sciences. Students who complete the 42 semester-hour general education program for the Associate of Arts degree will meet the high expectations embodied in the state-level goals and institutional-level competencies.

Students should complete their general education program before transferring. Students certified by the Registrar as having completed the 42 semester-hour general education program who transfer will not have additional general education or other institutional requirements imposed by the receiving institution unless they are also requirements of native students. This is also the case for students transferring to Jefferson College who are certified as having completed the sending institution’s 42 semester-hour general education program.

Students who transfer from Jefferson College before certification by the Registrar as having completed their general education requirements will have their transcript reviewed by the receiving institution on a course-by-course basis. Likewise, students transferring to Jefferson College who are not certified as having completed a corresponding 42 semester-hour block of general education will have their transcript reviewed on a course-by-course basis.

General Education Objectives

The general education program is designed to meet the following objectives for the Associate of Arts degree.

I. Writing and speaking clearly and concisely using edited American English.

II. Analyzing the themes of human experiences through exploration of great works and ideas.

III. Analyzing scientific and mathematical concepts and their uses and impact in the modern world.

IV. Examining diverse historical and social events as well as personal experiences in order to determine possible sequences, relationships and causes.

V. Demonstrating the use of computer information systems for personal, cultural, intellectual, occupational or social development. Associate of Arts Transfer Degree

VI. Addressing the issues of proper preparation of first year students in the areas of academic skills, reasonable expectations, and behaviors. These courses will also explain how to navigate the processes and procedures of Jefferson College.

Students are encouraged to complete all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree before transfer. Transfer of general education is greatly facilitated if all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree are met.

Arts and Science education offers credits in the general education area, which are commonly required for a wide variety of programs. Courses taken outside the general education program, to fulfill the 20 semester-hour elective requirement as part of the Associate of Arts degree, should be carefully chosen to ensure applicability to the baccalaureate graduation requirements for the program of study which the student intends to pursue at a four-year college or university. Consequently, the transfer student has the responsibility to become familiar with the specific major and graduation requirements of the four-year institution to which transfer is intended. Students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisor.

Links to the General Education Program

The general education program requirements for the Associate of Arts degree may be accessed by the following link. Each course enumerated is a link to the matrix that identifies the state-level goals and associated institutional-level competencies and student-level assessments reported by faculty for that course. While this is primarily of interest to the registrar and faculty of receiving institutions, students are encouraged to review the matrices to understand the expectations for a course and its contribution to their general education.

Of interest to the registrar and faculty of receiving institutions is a single reporting matrix that identifies the distribution of the general education requirements across the state-level goals and associated institutional-level competencies. Identified also are the institutional-level assessments related to a particular state-level goal.  As with the courses enumerated in the general education requirements, each course is a link to the matrix for that course. The single distribution matrix may be accessed via the following link.

Many of the following documents are in PDF format and may be downloaded to your computer or viewed online using the Acrobat reader. If you do not have the Acrobat reader, it may be downloaded free from the Adobe Acrobat website.

Link to the distribution matrix

The syllabi for course options in the general education program can be accessed by the following link. Each course enumerated is a link to the syllabus for that course.

Link to course syllabi

The general education program is supported in both the Jefferson College Long Range Plan and Student Outcomes Assessment Plan. Suggestions or questions concerning the general education program should be directed to Dr. Mindy Selsor, Dean of Arts and Science Education, Jefferson College, 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 October 2011 )