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General Education



As required by New Jersey Administrative Code, Salem Community College includes a general education component in its programs of study. The general education component is designed to ensure students develop a broad base of knowledge, communicate effectively, and think analytically, critically and creatively.


Salem Community College adheres to the New Jersey Community College General Educational Foundation’s philosophy that:

Students are empowered to meet twenty-first century challenges through learning processes that lead to knowledge acquisition, skills mastery, critical thinking, and the exercise of personal, social, and civic responsibilities.

Salem Community College maintains responsibility for offering a general education program, in which the learning objectives facilitate attainment of all NJCC General Education Learning Goals.  Gen. Ed. course-level learning objectives must be consistent with NJCC Gen. Ed. Learning Goals.

To view documents related to General Education Goals & Objectives, you must visit the IRP Office 365 web page.



(Critical thinking is embedded)
Written & Oral
Students will communicate
effectively in both
speech and writing.

a. Students will explain and evaluate what they have read, hear, and see.

b. Students will state and evaluate the views and findings of others.

c. Students will logically and persuasively state and support orally and in writing their points of view or findings.

d. Students will evaluate, revise, and edit their communication.

Knowledge & Skills
Students will use
appropriate mathematical
and statistical concepts
and operations to
interpret data to
solve problems.

a. Students will translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations.

b. Students will construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions.

Knowledge & Reasoning
Students will use
scientific method of inquiry,
through the acquisition
of scientific knowledge.

a. Applying the scientific method, students will analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and evidence.

b. Students will distinguish between scientific theory and scientific discovery, and between science and its scientific technological applications, and they will explain the impact of each on society.

Technological Competency
Students will use
computer systems or
other appropriate forms
of technology to
achieve educational
and personal goals.

a. Students will use computer systems and/or other appropriate forms of technology to present information.

b. Students will use appropriate forms of technology to identify, collect, and process information.

Society & Human Behavior
(Social Sciences)
Students will use
social science theories
and concepts to
analyze human behavior
and social and political
institutions and to
act as responsible citizens.

a. Students will analyze and discuss behavioral or societal issues using theories and concepts from a social science perspective.

b. Students will explain how social institutions and organizations influence individual behavior.

c. Students will describe and demonstrate how social scientists gather and analyze data and draw conclusions.

d. Students will apply civic knowledge both locally and globally and engage in activities that exercise personal, social, and civic responsibility.

Humanistic Perspective
Students will analyze
works in fields of art,
music, or theater;
literature; philosophy
and/or religious studies;
and/or will gain competence
in the use of foreign language.

a. Students will describe commonly used approaches and criteria for analyzing works*.

b. Students will analyze works* and applying commonly used approaches and criteria.

c. Students will demonstrate a value added competence in the production and comprehension of a foreign language.

* in fields of art, music, or theater; literature; philosophy and/or religious studies; and possibly within the context of studying and using a language other than English.

Historical Perspective
Students will understand
historical events and
movements in World,
Western, non-Western
or American societies
and assess their
subsequent significance.

a. Students will state the causes of a major historical event and analyze the impact of that event on a nation or civilization.

b. Students will discuss a major idea, movement, invention or discovery, and how it affected the world or American society.

c. Students will demonstrate how writers' interpretations of historical events are influenced by their time, culture, and perspective.

Global & Cultural Awareness
(Diversity courses)
Students will understand
the importance of
a global perspective
and culturally diverse peoples.

a. Students will link cultural practices and perspectives with geographic and/or historical conditions from which they arose.

b. Students will explain why an understanding of differences in people's backgrounds is particularly important to American society.

c. Students will recognize and explain the possible consequences of prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory actions.

d. Students will recognize and asses the contributions and impact of people from various nations and/or cultures.

Ethical Reasoning & Action
Students will understand
ethical issues and situations.

a. Students will analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives on an ethical issue or a situation.

b. Students will take a position on an ethical issue or a situation and defend it.

Information Literacy
Students will address
an information need by
locating, evaluating and effectively using information.

a. Students will identify and address an information need.

b. Students will access information effectively and efficiently.

c. Students will evaluate and think critically about information.

d. Students will use information effectively for a specific purpose.

e. Students will use information ethically and legally.