May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

General Education Courses


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General Education at Grand Rapids Community College is comprised of two goals. The first is to expand and deepen our students’ understanding of the intellectual traditions that constitute the liberal arts and sciences. To that end, General Education courses at GRCC combine content knowledge with broadly-applicable academic skills such as critical thinking and communication. The second is to provide students with a set of courses that help meet their educational and career goals. In keeping with this goal, GRCC recognizes the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and includes General Education coursework in its transfer and workforce Associates degree programs. General Education at GRCC builds knowledge, skills, and attitudes that every college-educated person should possess.

The GRCC General Education Program is comprised of English Composition and Communications, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The courses that fall within the distribution groups are listed below:



 

 

English Composition and Communications Distribution Course Options


Humanities Distribution Course Options


Communications


Foreign Language


Only one (1) Foreign Language course may be used as a Humanities General Education Elective.

History


For students who are in the 2016-2017 catalog year and after, a History course can now meet either a Humanities or Social Sciences requirement.  Please note each History course can only count as either a Humanities or Social Science, not both.

Sign Language


Theater


Social Sciences Distribution Course Options


Exercise Science


Gender Studies


History


For students who are in the 2016-2017 catalog year and after, a History course can now meet either a Humanities or Social Sciences requirement.  Please note each History course can only count as either a Humanities or Social Science, not both.

Psychology


Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Course Options


Math (Does not meet MTA Requirement)


Natural Science (with Lab)


Chemistry


Students fulfilling the Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement, must also successfully complete the corresponding Lecture.

Geography


Integrated Science


Physical Science