Approved Gen Ed Courses

College Core (11 cr required)

College Success (2 cr)

A course to equip students with information literacy, critical thinking, and study skills for achieving academic success at the college level.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
LAS102 College Success 2 None All

College English (3 cr)

A course that guides students in the process of and strategies for college-level academic writing.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
ENG101 Effective English 3 Placement test All

World Civilizations (6 cr)

Courses that survey the major intellectual, cultural, and artistic achievements of the Western and major non-Western civilizations.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
CIV111 Western Civilization 3 ENG101 All
CIV112 Chinese Civilization 3 None   
CIV113 World Civilization 3 None   

Humanities (6 cr)

Courses that provide in-depth explorations of the philosophy, history, literature, government, and art of major cultural traditions.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
HUM125 US Society and Government 3 None   
HUM204 Survey of Western Literature 3 ENG101   
HUM221 The Making of the Modern World 3 CIV111   
HUM222 Topics in Chinese History 3 CIV112 BFA-CCD
HUM223* Comparative Culture: China and West 3 CIV111 & CIV112   
MUS142* History of Western Music (Medieval – Early Baroque) 2 MUS141 BM
MUS241* History of Western Music (High Baroque – Classical) 2 MUS142 BM
MUS242* History of Western Music (Romantic – Contemporary) 2 MUS241 BM

Writing and Rhetoric (3 cr required)

Courses that further develop students' communication skills in writing and speaking.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
ENG104 Public Speaking 3 ENG101   
ENG201 Academic Writing 3 ENG101   
ENG205 Writing for Media 3 ENG101   
ENG221 Debate and Argumentation 3 ENG101   

Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr required)

Courses in mathematics and statistics that develop students' skills in mathematical thinking and quantitative skills.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
MAT101 Mathematics in Applied Context 3 None   
MAT104 Applied Calculus 3 None   
MAT105 Calculus I 4 None   
MAT106 Calculus II 4 MAT105   
MAT201 Linear Algebra 4 None   
STA101 Introduction to Statistics 3 None   

Scientific Reasoning (3 cr required)

Courses that impart scientific reasoning skills through the study of a chosen field of natural science or social science or through readings in a variety of scientific fields.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
BMS132 Nutrition, Health and Wellness 3 None   
BMS135 Introduction to Psychology 3 None   
ECO101 Principles of Economics 3 None   
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 None   
BSC100 Principles of Biology 3 Co-requisite   
BSC100L Principles of Biology Lab 1 Take with BSC100   
CHM100 Principles of Chemistry 3 Co-requisite   
CHM100L Principles of Chemistry Lab 1 Take with CHM100   
PHY101 General Physics I 3 Co-requisite   
PHY101L General Physics I Lab 1 Take with PHY101   
LAS334* Topics in Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 Junior standing BFA-CCD, BFA-SPD, BM

Art and Aesthetics (5 cr required)

Courses that facilitate students' inquiry in the fine and performing arts including dance, music, and visual arts.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
ARH101 Art History I 3 None   
ARH102 Art History II 3 None   
ARH131 History of Graphic Design 3 None   
ART111 Visual Literacy I 2 None   
CCD341* History of Classical Chinese Dance 3    BFA-CCD
CCD412A* Advanced Choreography A 2    BFA-CCD
DAN242 History of Dance: East and West 2 None BFA-Dance
MUS141* History of Western Music (Overview) 1 None BM
MUS204 History of Music 3 None BFA-Dance
MUS211A* Advanced Western Music Theory A 2 MUS111B BM
MUS211B* Advanced Western Music Theory B 2 MUS211A BM
MUS243 History of Chinese Music 3 None BFA-Dance
SPD101* Fundamentals of Stagecraft and Production 2    BFA-SPD
SPD140* Introduction to Theater History and Practices 3    BFA-SPD

Values and Ethics (1 cr required)

Courses that foster students' awareness of the classical virtues and values of different cultural traditions and lay a foundation for ethical conduct.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
PHL101* Moral Awareness and Spiritual Practice 1 None BFA-CCD, BM
PHL130 Philosophical Perspectives I 1 None   
PHL131^ Philosophical Perspectives II 1 None   
PHL231^ Philosophical Perspectives III 1 PHL130 and PHL131   

World Language and Literature (8 cr required)

Courses that help students develop knowledge and skills in a foreign language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Currently only Chinese language courses are available with typical courses listed below. Other language options will be provided when feasible.

Code Title Credits Prerequisites Required for
CLC101* Beginning Chinese I 4 Placement test   
CLC102* Beginning Chinese II 4 CLC101 or placement test   
CLC111 Elementary Chinese I 4 CLC102 or placement test   
CLC112 Elementary Chinese II 4 CLC111 or placement test   
CLC211 Intermediate Chinese I 4 CLC112 or placement test   
CLC212 Intermediate Chinese II 4 CLC211 or placement test   
CLC311 Advanced Chinese I 4 CLC212 or placement test   
CLC312 Advanced Chinese II 4 CLC311 or placement test   


  1. Some courses may be split into two parts (A and B) and taught in two semesters to accommodate the schedule and learning for performing arts students. In such cases, the course objectives, contents, and total hours of instruction remain the same as if the courses are taught in one semester without splitting.
  2. In some cases, a course may be used to meet both the requirements of Gen Ed and a major or minor. In such cases, the credits of the course are counted only once toward the total number of credits for the major or minor.

* Courses are offered at Cuddebackville Campus only

^ Courses are required at Middletown Campus for additional GE credits

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