General Education

General Education Philosophy

Central to Eastern’s vision and mission is the College’s commitment to the development of each student as a well-educated individual. So the college requires a general education core curriculum as an integral part of all degree programs.

The general education course curriculum is intended to provide all students, regardless of major, with the knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning, professional success, and personal achievement. The general education program promotes the development of independent, critical, and conceptual thinking skills and those skills necessary for effective communication.

The general education curriculum demonstrates the College’s commitment to providing appropriate and relevant education to enhance the growth and development of learners as they face the challenges of the 21st century.

General Education Goals

Students who have completed the general education requirements of an associate degree will develop improved competencies in the following:

Critical Thinking Skills

Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically by observing critically, reading critically, planning, reflecting, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing by using multiple modalities of inquiry to collect information including organizing, evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting findings.

Oral and Written Communications

Students will communicate with precision, clarity, fluency, accuracy, and coherence through their reading, writing, and verbal communications.

Mathematical Skills/Competencies

Students will demonstrate their abilities to think mathematically by applying mathematical concepts in problem-solving including estimation, computation, analysis, assimilation, application, transference, and modeling strategies as appropriate for workforce skills and lifelong learning.

Workforce and Citizenship Skills/Ethical Reasoning

Students will demonstrate workforce and citizenship skills needed for professional success, ethical reasoning, diversity awareness, civic engagement, and steadfast participation in Lifelong learning activities.

Please Note: Each degree and certificate program contains required general education courses. Students must select general education courses from the approved courses listed in the General Education Courses and Designations in the current catalog, and posted in the semester schedule of courses.