Dec 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education

General Education Competencies

General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of college-educated individuals. Collectively, general education competencies distinguish graduates of Eastern Shore Community Colleges as individuals with a breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue further education and their careers, continue to develop as learners, and contribute to the well-being of their communities.

Upon completion of the associate degree, graduates of Eastern Shore Community College will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

Civic Engagement is the ability to contribute to the civic life and well-being of local, national, and global communities as both a social responsibility and a life-long learning process. Degree graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and civic values necessary to become informed and contributing participants in a democratic society.

Critical Thinking is the ability to use information, ideas and arguments from relevant perspectives to make sense of complex issues and solve problems. Degree graduates will locate, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions.

Professional Readiness is the ability to work well with others and display situationally and culturally appropriate demeanor and behavior. Degree graduates will demonstrate skills important for successful transition into the workplace and pursuit of further education.

Quantitative Literacy is the ability to perform accurate calculations, interpret quantitative information, apply and analyze relevant numerical data, and use results to support conclusions. Degree graduates will calculate, interpret, and use numerical and quantitative information in a variety of settings.

Scientific Literacy is the ability to apply the scientific method and related concepts and principles to make informed decisions and engage with issues related to the natural, physical, and social world. Degree graduates will recognize and know how to use the scientific method, and to evaluate empirical information.

Written Communication is the ability to develop, convey, and exchange ideas in writing, as appropriate to a given context and audience. Degree graduates will express themselves effectively in a variety of written forms. 

General Education Requirements

All Eastern Shore Community College students earning a degree or certificate must complete general education core requirements. Curriculum guides designate specific courses that must be taken to satisfy these requirements. When general education elective courses are required as specified in curriculum guides, students may select from the courses in the following lists. Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one curriculum requirement. Students who plan to transfer are advised to consult an ESCC counselor or advisor, appropriate transfer guides, and prospective transfer colleges/universities to ensure electives meet transfer requirements.

Mathematics Electives

Some career and technical programs specify additional math courses that generally do not transfer (i.e., MTH 111 and MTH 130). To view these options, students should review their advising transcripts in the Student Information System or refer to their curriculum guides in the College Catalog.


Humanities Electives

Students should consult an advisor to choose the appropriate course(s).


Communication Electives


Science with Lab Electives

Students should consult an advisor to choose the appropriate course(s) based on where students plan to transfer and their intended transfer program.


Social Science Electives

Students should consult an advisor to choose the appropriate course(s) based on where students plan to transfer and their intended transfer program.


Health Electives

Students make take any course(s) with the HLT prefix. Veterans with documented military experience are waived from this requirement.

Transfer Electives

Students planning to transfer are advised to select transfer electives based on their intended transfer institution and major. Consultation with transfer institution advisors is advised.

In addition to required courses and general education electives, curricula may require approved transfer electives. The following are considered transfer electives at ESCC.


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