Dec 04, 2022  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

General Education Program


General Education Requirements

Degree and Certificate Programs

Bunker Hill Community Colleges offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs.

The Associate Degree is an undergraduate academic credential which includes coursework from three areas: general education requirements, career and/or liberal arts electives, and program requirements. BHCC offers two types of associate degrees:

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate colleges and universities.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce. In addition, many associate in science degree programs transfer to baccalaureate colleges and universities.

Associate Degree programs are generally equivalent to the first four semesters of a bachelor’s degree. To facilitate transfer to a baccalaureate college or university, work with an academic advisor to plan your BHCC curriculum.

Certificate programs are designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to enhance their careers. Many certificate programs are “stackable,” allowing students to apply courses completed in the certificate program to an associate’s degree.

First Year Learning Community Requirement

Completion of a Learning Community Seminar or Cluster within the first year is a graduation requirement for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree students who are enrolled in nine or more credits in their first semester of matriculation. For more information about Learning Community options, speak with an advisor or contact the Office of Learning Communities.

World Studies Emphasis Certification

Students enrolled in Associate in Arts Degree Programs can obtain the World Studies Emphasis certification with no additional coursework through careful selection of general education and elective courses needed to fulfill their degree requirements. Learn more at bhcc.edu/worldstudies

General Education Program

To better prepare students to thrive in the twenty-first century workforce and to become engaged and informed citizens, the College provides all associate degree-seeking students with a wide-reaching set of General Education Outcomes, which align with our Institutional Learning Outcomes (Inquire, Communicate, Act, Grow) and Mass Transfer General Education Foundation requirements. At BHCC, these skills are incorporated into the curriculum to provide a cohesive education that prepares students to succeed in their chosen fields, in further study and in the roles and responsibilities they take on within their communities.

Students fulfill their General Education Requirements by completing one course from each of the seven General Education areas below. Students should consult their individual Program of Study Curriculum Map for General Education course requirements specific to their major. Some General Education requirements are met by concentration courses. Such instances are noted in Program of Study Curriculum Maps.

To learn more about the General Education and Institutional Learning Outcome alignment, as well as review the “Guiding Questions” for General Education, visit our General Education page in the College Initiatives section on the BHCC website: bhcc.edu/initiatives/generaleducationinitiative


General Education Program


Academic Discourse


College Writing & Composition


  • INQUIRE: Connect experiences, insights, and education
  • COMMUNICATE: Construct meaning through active listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • ACT: Create work of personal and/or public value
  • GROW: Develop intercultural knowledge and competence

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Research Writing


College Writing & Composition


  • INQUIRE: Practice information literacy in diverse applications
  • COMMUNICATE: Express ideas with intention
  • ACT: Apply theory to practice and practice to theory
  • GROW: Demonstrate agency as a learner and contributor to society

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Quantitative Problem Solving


Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning


  • INQUIRE: Develop problem-solving skills
  • COMMUNICATE: Demonstrate digital and media literacy
  • ACT: Apply theory to practice and practice to theory
  • GROW: Construct knowledge independently and collaboratively

Community & Cultural Contexts


Behavioral & Social Sciences


  • INQUIRE: Connect experiences, insights and education
  • COMMUNICATE: Engage in inclusive interpersonal dialogue
  • ACT: Apply concepts of justice and wellness to knowledge and practice
  • GROW: Demonstrate agency as a learner and contributor to society

Scientific Reasoning


Natural & Physical Sciences


  • INQUIRE: Develop problem-solving skills
  • COMMUNICATE: Demonstrate digital and media literacy
  • ACT: Use data to pose solutions to real-world challenges
  • GROW: Construct knowledge independently and collaboratively

Creative Work


Humanities & Fine Arts


  • INQUIRE: Define and investigate relevant questions
  • COMMUNICATE: Express ideas with intention
  • ACT: Create work of personal and/or public value
  • GROW: Demonstrate resilience in response to change

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General Education Elective


Behavioral & Social Sciences OR Humanities & Fine Arts OR Natural & Physical Sciences


Courses listed in the General Education Elective category have aligned with one outcome for each Outcome area (Inquire, Community, Act and Grow).

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