General Education at Nassau Community College
General Education at NCC is a set of specified categories of courses that contribute
to the development of an educated person: one who thinks clearly, communicates effectively,
makes informed and thoughtful judgments, distinguishes among sets of values, displays
an appreciation for learning, and applies knowledge to the understanding of the human
At NCC, General Education is achieved by the completion of a distribution of courses
designed to enable students to:
- Read and listen effectively;
- Speak and write clearly and persuasively;
- Think critically and creatively;
- Understand scientific methodology; reason quantitatively, and function in a technological
- Develop personal, social, and aesthetic values through an understanding of culture,
nature, self and society;
- Develop an understanding of and appreciation for behaviors that promote the good health
of body and mind;
- Develop literacy and appreciation in the visual and performing arts.
The selection of General Education courses depends on the curriculum requirements
for a degree. These courses are grouped within the following categories and are designated
in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog with the corresponding codes. The
complete list of courses is available on campus at the Academic Advisement Center
and on the Advisement Center’s website. Each course viewed on Banner Self-Serve is also individually coded. Only
those courses on the approved lists will satisfy the Nassau Community College general
Communication Arts [COM]
English Composition [COMP]
Fine and Performing Arts [FAPA]
Mathematics [MATH ] /Computer Science [CMPS]
Natural and Physical Sciences
Laboratory Science [LSCI] /Non-laboratory science [NSCI]
Physical Education [PED]
Social Science [SBS]
Culture and Diversity which include
Western Heritage [WESH]
Global Awareness and Non-Western Cultures [GLNW],
and Pluralism and Diversity [PLDI]
Interdisciplinary Courses: In recognition of the commonalities and interrelatedness
among academic disciplines, general education categories contain several interdisciplinary
course offerings that satisfy the requirements.
Communication Arts courses teach oral communication skills necessary to participate
effectively in public and academic debates and discussions, prepare and present researched
material, and formulate valid arguments, and prepare students for successful interpersonal
interaction in the academic, social, and professional realms. These courses are designated
with the code COM and may be selected from the courses of the Communications Department
[COM 102, COM 103, COM 123, COM 202 only].
English Composition courses are designed to give students a critical awareness of
written language. They enable students to produce clear, well-developed, well-organized
grammatical writing and to interpret and analyze texts of various genres. These courses
are designated with the code COMP and must be selected from the courses of the English
Department [ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 108, ENG 109 only].
Fine and Performing Arts:
Courses in Fine and Performing Arts develop aesthetic awareness by introducing students
to the processes by which artists create, perform and/or evaluate works of art. They
foster self- expression, understanding, and an appreciation of the arts within an
historical, cultural, theoretical and critical context. These courses are designated
with the code FAPA and may be selected from the courses in several departments as
denoted in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.
Humanities courses teach students to analyze and interpret texts, ideas, discourse
systems, and the human values, traditions, and beliefs they reflect. These courses
are designated with the code HUM and must be selected from the courses of the following
departments: African American Studies [AFR 130, AFR 131, AFR 152, AFR 155, AFR 170, AFR 190, AFR 197 only], Art, Communications, English, Foreign Languages, Interdisciplinary Studies
[MDC 102, MDC 130 only], Library, Music, Philosophy, Reading, Theatre/Dance.
Literature courses focus on the study of written works produced or translated into
English that embody the creative use of language for artistic or stylistic purposes.
They express ideas of permanent or universal significance. These courses are designated
with the code LIT and may be selected from the courses in several departments as denoted
in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.
Courses that satisfy this requirement use mathematical or computer science models
that employ numerical, verbal, graphical and analytical tools to strengthen quantitative
skills and logical reasoning and enable students to address other disciplines. These
courses are designated with the code MATH and must be selected from the courses of
the Mathematics/Computer Science/Information Technology Department. One computer science
course with the code CMPS [CSC 104, CSC 120 or CSC 130 only] may be used to satisfy the second mathematics course requirement in specified
Natural and Physical Sciences:
Natural and Physical Science courses explore how phenomena are observed, understood
and theoretically synthesized through study and the application of the scientific
method. They provide students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts,
and theories as well as the ability to test hypotheses in the laboratory. Study in
the sciences helps students develop scientific literacy necessary to understand an
increasingly complex world. One non-laboratory science course may be used to satisfy
the second science course requirement in specified degrees. These courses are designated
with the code LSCI (laboratory science) or NSCI (non-laboratory science) and must
be selected from the courses of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering/Physics/Technology,
Physical Sciences, General Science Studies, Multidisciplinary Science, Allied Health
Sciences [AHS 131, AHS 132 only].
Physical Education courses develop cardiovascular and neuro- muscular skill, strength,
endurance, flexibility and fitness. They emphasize improved overall conditioning as
well as skills in team, individual, and leisure activities. These courses are designated
with the code PED and must be selected from the courses of the following departments:
Health/Physical Education/Recreation, Theatre/Dance [DAN 126 only].
In all degree programs requiring physical education activities courses, full-time
day students (12 credits or more in the day session) must take 1/2 credit of physical
education activities for each full-time semester of attendance, to a maximum of 2
credits. The following are exempt from this requirement:
- Students over 25 at first date of attendance
- Students over 30 at date of graduation.
Social Science courses investigate behavior in social contexts through analysis of
the characteristics and structure of individuals, families, groups and institutions.
They provide an understanding of the concepts, methods and models that social scientists
use to explore social phenomena. History courses explore institutions and developments
that have shaped human experience while providing a familiarity with the historical
narrative. These courses are designated with the code SBS and must be selected from
the courses of the following departments: African American Studies [AFR history classes
and AFR 185 only], Economics/Finance, History/Political Science/Geography, Interdisciplinary
Global Studies, Psychology, Sociology/ Anthropology/Social Work .
Culture and Diversity:
This includes the three subcategories of Western Heritage, Global Awareness and Non-Western
Cultures, and Pluralism and Diversity. Appropriate courses in other categories may
be used to satisfy requirements in any of these three subcategories.
Western Heritage courses reflect the distinctive characteristics of western heritage
presented in a broad context. They acquaint students with the evolution of western
culture and values and relate them to other regions and cultures. These courses are
designated with the code WESH and may be selected from the courses in several departments
as denoted in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.
Global Awareness and Non-Western Cultures:
Course s in Global Awareness and Non-Western Cultures examine and foster an appreciation
of cultural traditions other than European and North American. They enhance recognition
of the diversity and similarities of the ways in which people in different cultural
traditions perceive and experience their lives. These courses are designated with
the code GLNW and may be selected from the courses in several departments as denoted
in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.
Pluralism and Diversity:
Courses in Pluralism and Diversity expand understanding of the various influences
that shape perspectives, values, and identities. They explore social divisions such
as gender, ethnicity and racial formations in a pluralistic nation and world. These
courses are designated with the code PLDI and may be selected from the courses in
several departments as denoted in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.