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General Education and Core Skills

What is General Education?

General Education refers to the courses that you will take that may or may not relate to your program of study. However, they are placed in your program to expose you to a variety of subjects and experiences that serve as a foundation to help you succeed in your personal and professional life. You will likely be introduced to topics and information that you may not have encountered without taking “General Education.” Some examples of areas in which you will take classes include: writing and composition, communication, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. These are not required to make your experience more difficult, but rather more rewarding.

What are the Core Skills?

These are skills you should have when you graduate from SPCC. “Core” just means they are essential for you to have, regardless of your major or intended career. Here are the six Core Skills you will gain at SPCC:

Written Communication

You will organize and express ideas clearly through written communication in a manner appropriate for the intended audience.
This means you will learn to write your thoughts in a clear and organized way so others can understand you.

Oral Communication

You will organize and express ideas clearly through oral communication in a manner appropriate for the intended audience.
This means you will learn to talk with others and in public in a clear and organized way so others can understand you.

Intercultural Competence

You will develop awareness, knowledge, and behaviors necessary for intercultural competence.
1. You will develop intercultural competence that positively influences their identities and personal choices.
2. You will develop intercultural competence necessary for positive communication in cross cultural contexts.
3. You will understand the impact of culture on organizations.
This means that you will understand how culture influences your life and interactions with individuals, groups, and organizations.
 

Technology

You will choose and utilize appropriate technologies to access, organize, and analyze and communicate information.
This means you will learn to use the technology that is right for a given task.

Analysis and Interpretation

You will apply the basic principles of interpretation and analysis to synthesize information.
This means you will learn to synthesize information and make conclusions about it.

Problem Solving

You will apply the basic principles of mathematics and/or scientific inquiry to identify, interpret and evaluate and solve problems.
This means you will learn the basics to solving problems.