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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements


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General Education Core Curriculum


Montana University System General Education Core criteria, in addition to departmental review, were used as a guideline in determining the core requirements listed below. Please note in some cases an individual course may transfer to one school, but not another, as an individual general education core course.

An FVCC student having completed ALL the FVCC General Education Core requirements can transfer to any Montana University System school and be guaranteed the lower division general education core requirements of that school have been met.

Communications (C): 3 credits


Communication courses will help students with the diverse applied writing and listening, speaking, and presenting opportunities they will encounter in their lives.

Upon successful completion of the Communications requirement, students should be able to evaluate purpose and audience to create a well-developed, supported, and stylistically fluent response.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Global Issues (G): 3 credits


Global Issues courses explore differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability status, language, national origin, and/or religion within and across peoples and nations.

Upon successful completion of the Global Issues requirement, students should be able to demonstrate awareness of self as a member of a multicultural global community.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Humanities (H)/Fine Arts (F): 6 credits


The Humanities reveal what it means to be human. Humanities courses explore societies, cultures, ideas and art, as well as examine the forces that shape and connect them. Upon successful completion of the Humanities requirement, students should be able to examine the nature of human experience and/or artistic expression. 

Fine Arts courses explore how people reveal and express feelings, emotions and beliefs, as well as how different cultures value the arts. Through the Fine Arts, students explore the creative process as they study and construct expressions of their own creativity, talent, and passion. Upon successful completion of the Fine Arts requirement, students should be able to examine the role of the Arts as a reflection of culture.

Complete six semester credits in Humanities/Fine Arts selected from the list below. Students may choose to take six credits in Humanities or three credits in Humanities and three credits in Fine Arts.

Humanities (H)


Fine Arts (F)


Mathematics (M): 3 credits


Mathematics courses focus on comprehension of elementary quantitative concepts, development of quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to reasonably ascertain the implications of quantitative information.

Upon completion of the Mathematics requirement, students should be able to use mathematical techniques to problem solve.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

Natural Science (NL, N): 6 credits


Natural Science courses explore the principles that rule the physical universe by asking and answering questions about processes that can be observed and measured. 

Upon successful completion of the Natural Science requirement, students should be able to apply scientific concepts and methods of inquiry.

Complete two or more courses selected from the following. At least one course must be a conventional laboratory experience selected from Group NL.

Group NL (Laboratory Courses):


Social Sciences (A, B): 6 credits


Social Sciences courses explore people, movements, institutions, and forces which play a major role in human history and development.

Upon successful completion of the Social Sciences requirement, students should be able to evaluate the legitimacy of multiple perspectives to reach an informed conclusion.

Complete six semester credits selected from the following. At least one course must be selected from each of Group A and Group B.

Writing (W): 3 credits


Writing courses focus on the writing process, rhetorical knowledge, conventions, critical thinking, reading, and research.  Writing courses are foundational to success in college-level writing assignments.

Upon successful completion of the Writing requirement, students should be able to demonstrate organization, coherence, and clarity in writing.

Complete three semester credits selected from the following:

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