A general education program is predicated on the belief that a particular body of knowledge and a particular set of competencies exist which are common to liberally educated people and which enable them to function as whole persons in a pluralistic society.

General Education at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences contributes to the development of the whole person by promoting knowledge integration, thus enabling students to discover connections between different disciplines and real-life applications.

Students will develop the following four core competencies through a combination of appropriate general education coursework as well as through direct instruction and reinforcing projects and experiences within their program course work.

Core Competencies
Critical Thinking The ability to analyze, interpret, and apply learning in order to identify and solve problems, make judgments and decisions, act, and evaluate actions taken. Particular critical thinking skills can vary from discipline to discipline.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply basic scientific, quantitative, qualitative, and technological methods and knowledge.
  • Utilize methods and technologies appropriate to the discipline to investigate research questions, generate predictions, test hypotheses and/or solve problems.
  • Apply sound and original thinking to solve real-life problems.
  • Express quantitative and/or qualitative evidence in support of an argument or hypothesis.

Effective Communication
The ability to develop and express complex ideas clearly, coherently, and logically in a style appropriate for both purpose and audience.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop the information literacy needed to determine the validity of information sources and apply these skills in communication environments.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using major categories of computer software such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Interpret college-level readings in various settings and disciplines.
  • Write coherent, grammatical pieces for a variety of topics and audiences.

Social Responsibility
The ability to apply knowledge acquired from one's experiences at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences to be ethically responsible, culturally proficient, informed and involved in civic affairs.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify ethical perspectives and responsibilities of individuals in today's society.
  • Identify the influence of cultural and socioeconomic background in shaping attitudes and opinions (in themselves and others).
  • Articulate one's own beliefs and behaviors regarding forms of social inequality.
  • Evaluate the consequences of prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory actions.

Knowledge Integration
The ability to use information and concepts from studies in multiple disciplines in their intellectual, professional, and community lives.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study or among different fields of study.
  • Synthesize connections among experiences outside of the formal classroom (including life experiences and academic experiences such as internships) to deepen understanding of fields of study and to broaden own points of view.
  • Draw conclusions by combining examples, facts, or theories from more than one field of study or perspective.

General Education Core Requirements
Undergraduate degrees offered at Cabarrus College require completion of General Education coursework.

In associate degree programs, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education coursework, with at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics.

In baccalaureate programs, students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of general education coursework, with at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics.

Diploma students must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of general education coursework.

General education coursework is optional in certificate programs.

Graduate level programs need only focus on courses in the major; general education courses are not required.