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2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education

General Education at Manchester Community College

Manchester Community College provides students with comprehensive skills and the knowledge to prepare them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. Broad, foundational knowledge complements in depth achievement in program concentrations. By completing the 21 credits of general education coursework across six knowledge areas, students acquire these essential skills:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts, theories, works, materials and skills within the six specific knowledge areas. 
  2. Understand and apply methods of inquiry, analysis and practices within the six specific knowledge areas.
  3. Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate to the discipline or genre.
  4. Communicate effectively through speech as appropriate to the discipline or genre
  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret numerical data presented in a variety of forms (percentages, tables, graphs, written analysis) and draw inferences and/or solve problems.
  6. Analyze and evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts and events and/or combine or synthesize ideas in original ways using critical and/or creative thinking.
  7. Access, assess and integrate information or sources ethically as appropriate to the discipline.

Programs of study will indicate which specific courses from the list below fulfill the general education requirements for that program or degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor or program coordinator for advice regarding the general education requirements for a particular program of study.

All students regardless of program or degree will complete at least one course in each of the following Knowledge Areas: English Composition, Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, The Arts. Each program will specify a seventh course from the list below, for a total of 21 required general education credits.

Knowledge Areas



Physical and Natural Sciences  

Social Sciences  


The Arts  

Interdisciplinary Studies  

 Click on a Knowledge Area above to view a list of courses that fulfill the requirement.