Curriculum Distribution Categories for General Education Requirements

Communication

Communication includes studies in English and Speech. These disciplines provide an educational framework within which students may develop their abilities to think independently and to express themselves clearly, effectively and creatively. Instructors focus on the skills of communication and the contexts in which human expression occurs. Educational opportunities are provided that:

  • develop, through practice, the student’s abilities in observing, listening, reading, speaking and writing effectively.
  • develop the student’s skills in obtaining, interpreting and evaluating information and ideas.
  • encourage the student’s creative expression.
  • enhance the student’s awareness of and respect for personal, social and cultural diversity.
  • allow for the student’s exploration of various methods and technologies in communication.

Humanities and Fine Arts

Humanities and Fine Arts include subject areas that address the meaning of being human. They provide the student with a basis for value judgment and a context for thoughtful action. The study of the humanities frees the student to think beyond personal and cultural limitations, to relate present experiences to human traditions and to consider and choose constructive action in the present and for the future. Courses in Humanities and Fine Arts are designed to:

  • develop the student’s skills in study, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • provide the student the opportunity to develop original ideas and to create works of art.
  • develop the student’s understanding of history, philosophy, and the fine and performing arts.
  • develop the student’s awareness of the nature of being human, social issues and spiritual aspirations.
  • develop the student’s insight into various cultures through the study of the arts, literature, history and foreign languages.
  • develop, through study and participation, the student’s insight and abilities in the visual and performing arts.
  • provide the framework for an understanding of cultural, political and intellectual heritage.

The subject areas include Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, etc.), certain English and History courses, Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Art, Theater and Music.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences courses provide students with a broad perspective on human behavior, our cultural heritage, our relationships with others, our social institutions and the environment. The subject areas include Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology.

Physical and Life Sciences

Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science deal with natural laws and theories and their application to human needs. Universal phenomena are studied and analyzed. The Life Sciences (Biology, Botany, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology and Zoology) examine the components of the living world and their interactions with the physical and chemical world.

Mathematics

Mathematics provides the tools and skills to organize our thoughts and apply problem-solving techniques. The study of mathematics helps students understand the quantitative relationships found in business, technology and the physical, natural and social sciences.

Human Relations 

The Human Relations category has been designed in accordance with the requirements of Illinois Public Act 87-581 to include coursework on improving human relations with an emphasis on issues of race, ethnicity, gender and other concerns related to improving human relations. Courses also may focus on non-Western and American diversity.

Global/Multicultural Studies

The College of DuPage faculty has made an educational commitment to international/intercultural studies. The purpose of this category is to enhance student capacity to:

  • conceptualize and understand the complexity of an international system (economics, government, politics, etc.)
  • understand world cultures and international events.
  • appreciate the diversity as well as commonality of human values, beliefs and behaviors.
  • understand and apply the principles of intercultural communication.
  • broaden student perspective by exposure to a culture different from the student’s own.

Contemporary Life Skills

Courses in this category are intended to help students use creative expression, problem solving, interpersonal communication, health and body, computers/ technology, and personal development to function in a changing, technological and complex society.

General Education Categories

For the Associate in Applied Science and Associate in General Studies degrees, general education and elective courses are organized under the following categories of general education.

Electives for the A.A.S. degree vary, depending on the program of study. Check with a counselor or advisor for a list of electives.

Any course, 1000 level or higher, can be taken as an elective for the A.G.S. degree.

Communication

  • English 1101, 1102, 1105
  • Speech 1100, 1120, 1150

Physical/Life Sciences*

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Zoology

* Course selection must include at least one course with a laboratory component.

Mathematics

Select mathematics course(s) consistent with specific and general degree requirements. Includes Psychology 2280 and Sociology 2205.

Humanities/Fine Arts

  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Chinese
  • English (except 1080, 1101, 1102, 1105, 1110, 1115 and 2100)
  • French
  • German
  • History (except 1130, 1140, 2210, 2215 and 2260)
  • Humanities
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Speech 1110, 2210
  • Theater

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics (except 1110)
  • Education 1100, 1101
  • Geography
  • History 1130, 1140, 2210, 2215, 2260
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (except 1140 and 2280)
  • Social Science
  • Sociology (except 2205 and 2290)

Human Relations

  • Anthropology 1000*, 1100*, 1105*, 1130* (T)
  • Art 1100*
  • Education 1101, 1105, 1110 (T)
  • English 1160*, 1161*, 1165* (T)
  • Geography 1130* (T)
  • History 2200, 2237, 2242, 2267 (T)
  • Human Services 1113 (C), 1121 (C)
  • Humanities 1110* (T)
  • Management 2220 (T)
  • Office Technology Information 2600 (C)
  • Philosophy 1110*, 1112, 1114, 2010*, 2011* (T)
  • Political Science 2230
  • Psychology 1150, 2235*, 2240* (T)
  • Sociology 1100*, 1120, 2215*, 2225, 2290 (T)
  • Spanish 1100, 1110 (T)
  • Speech 1120 (T), 2200 (T)

(C) Career/Technical Education credit
(T) General Elective credit

Global/Multicultural Studies

This list of courses is subject to change at the beginning of each fall semester. Check with the Counseling and Advising Center for an updated Educational Plan at www.cod.edu/counseling/student_planning.aspx.

  • Anthropology 1000*, 1100*, 1105*, 1130*, 1400*
  • Arabic 1101, 1102
  • Art 1100*, 2214*
  • Business 2255
  • Chinese 1100, 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*
  • Economics 2220
  • English 1160*, 1161*, 2221*, 2226*, 2227*, 2262*
  • French 1100, 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*, 2251*, 2252*
  • Geography 1100*, 1105*, 1120*, 2205, 2235
  • German 1100, 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*, 2251*, 2252*
  • History 2205*, 2210*, 2215*, 2200, 2220*, 2225*, 2230*, 2235*, 2237, 2240, 2242, 2267
  • Human Services 1121 (C)
  • Humanities 1105*
  • Interior Design 1153
  • Italian 1100, 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*, 2251*, 2252*
  • Japanese 1100, 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*, 2251*, 2252*
  • Korean 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*
  • Music 1104*, 1115*
  • Philosophy 1110*, 1116*, 1150*
  • Political Science 2203*, 2220*, 2221
  • Religious Studies 1100*, 1150*, 1155*, 2160*
  • Russian 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202*
  • Social Science 1110
  • Sociology 2210*, 2220*
  • Spanish 1100, 1101, 1102, 1110, 2201, 2202*, 2251*, 2252*
  • Speech Communication 2200
  • Travel, Tourism and Event Planning 2221 (C)

* Conforms to Illinois Articulation Initiative general education standards.

Contemporary Life Skills

This list of courses is subject to change at the beginning of each fall semester. Check with the Counseling and Advising Center for an updated Educational Plan at www.cod.edu/counseling/student_planning.aspx.

  • Accounting 1110 (C), 1140 (T)
  • Air Conditioning 1110 (C)
  • Architecture 1100 (C), 1105 (C) and 1121 (C)
  • Art 1101 (T), 1105 (T), 1140 (T), 1151 (T)
  • Automotive Service Technology 1040 (C), 1110 (C)
  • Business 1100 (T)
  • Computer and Internetworking Technologies 1100 (C), 1121 (C)
  • Computer Information Systems 1110 (C), 1120 (C), 1130 (C), 1150 (C), 1400 (C)
  • Criminal Justice 1100 (T)
  • Culinary Arts 1110 (C)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 1110 (C)
  • Economics 1110 (T)
  • Education 1100 (T), 1105 (T), 1110 (T), 1115 (T), 2201 (T)
  • Electro-Mechanical Technology 1101 (C), 1120 (C), 1130 (C), 1300 (C)
  • English 2250 (T), 2251 (T), 2252 (T), 2253 (T), 2261 (T)
  • Graphic Design 1102 (C)
  • Health Sciences 1110 (C), 1150 (C)
  • Horticulture 1100 (C)
  • Human Services 1113 (C), 1115 (C), 1125 (C)
  • Interior Design 1151 (C), 1153 (C)
  • Library Technology 1101 (C)
  • Manufacturing Technology 1171 (C), 1180 (C), 1190 (C), 2280 (C)
  • Mass Communication 1100 (T), 1105 (T), 1110 (T)
  • Mathematics 1100 (T), 1220 (T)
  • Motion Picture/Television 1011(C), 1020 (C), 1220 (C)
  • Office Technology Information 1100 (C), 1200 (C), 1210 (C)
  • Photography 1100 (C)
  • Physical Education 1101 to 1932, except 1800, 1820 and 1840 (T), 2244 (T), 2251 (T), 2254 (T)
  • Psychology 1140 (T), 1150 (T)
  • Sociology 2290 (T)
  • Speech Communication 1110 (T), 1120 (T), 1160 (T), 2210 (T)
  • Theater 1105 (T), 1111 (T), 2230 (T)
  • Travel, Tourism and Event Planning 1121 (C), 1122 (C)
  • Any discipline’s internship courses

(C) Career/Technical Education credit
(T) General Elective credit