May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Schoolcraft Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Schoolcraft Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements


General Education

General education requirements address the knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes associated with being an educated and well-rounded person. These courses are a required part of any associate degree or bachelor’s degree offered at any college or university. Students must take the minimum courses that meet Schoolcraft’s General Education requirements. In addition to those courses that are identified as general education, Schoolcraft College also offers numerous courses in dozens of subject areas, including liberal arts, sciences, and specific occupational areas. As a part of a quality initiative, Schoolcraft’s liberal arts courses are used to assess students’ general education preparation.

Download the 2023-2024 Schoolcraft College General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements  



Schoolcraft College Associate Degree General Education Requirements


Distribution Area

Course Requirements

English Communication: 6 credit hours

Select any approved MTA course combination for English Composition/Communication

Or

Select any of the following combinations:

Humanities: 1 to 4 credit hours

Select a minimum of one course

Mathematics: 3 to 5 credit hours

Select a minimum of one course

Natural Sciences: 3 to 5 credit hours

Select a minimum of one course

Social Sciences: 3 to 4 credit hours

Select a minimum of one course

Total Credits: 16 - 24 credit hours

 

Schoolcraft College Bachelor Degree General Education Requirements


Distribution Area

Course Requirements

English Composition: 3 credit hours

Select one course: ENG 101 , ENG 102 , or ENG 221  

English Composition or Communications: 3 credit hours

Select a second course in English Composition: ENG 101 , ENG 102 , or ENG 221 

Or

Select a course in Communications*:COMA 103 , COMA 200 , COMA 202 , COMA 212 , or COMA 240  

*Please note: A COMA course taken to satisfy the Communications requirement cannot also be used to satisfy the Humanities requirement.

Humanities: 4 credit hours

Select two courses from two different disciplines

Mathematics: 4 to 5 credit hours

Select at least one MTA math course

Natural Sciences: 7 to 9 credit hours

Select two courses, with one course containing a lab, from two different disciplines

Social Sciences: 6 credit hours

Select two courses from two different disciplines

Total Credits: Minimum of 30 credit hours required

Electives may be chosen from Schoolcraft General Education courses or MTA courses

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Requirements


Fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) 

The MTA makes it easier for students to transfer their general education courses earned at community colleges like Schoolcraft to participating four-year institutions in the State of Michigan and gives students more flexibility in the selection of courses they can take to satisfy the general education requirements.​

(Only these courses or a combination of courses may be used to satisfy the final requirement for MTA math or English communication.) 

Download the 2023/2024 Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Guide  

Distribution Area

Course Requirements

English Composition: 3 credit hours

Select one course: ENG 101  ENG 102 , or ENG 221  

English Composition or Communications: 3 credit hours

Select a second course in English Composition: ENG 101  ENG 102 , or ENG 221  

Or

Select a course in Communications*: COMA 103 , COMA 200 , COMA 202 , COMA 212 , or COMA 240  

*Please note: A COMA course taken to satisfy the Communications requirement cannot also be used to satisfy the Humanities requirement.

Humanities: 4 to 8 credit hours

Select two MTA courses from two different disciplines

Mathematics: 4 to 5 credit hours

Select at least one from the following:

College Algebra, Statistics, Quantitative Reasoning (a.k.a. Every-day or Liberal Arts Mathematics), or an advanced level course in any of these areas

Natural Sciences: 7 to 9 credit hours

Select two MTA science courses, with one course containing a lab, from two different disciplines

Social Sciences: 6 to 8 credit hours

Select two MTA courses from two different disciplines

Total Credits: Minimum of 30 credit hours required

Electives may be selected from MTA courses

  

Courses and Credentials at Schoolcraft College

There are two primary types of courses that may be used towards fulfilling credentials such as certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degrees at Schoolcraft College (SC).   The nature, goals, and use of each course determines the type of course and how it applies toward each credential at Schoolcraft College or at transfer institutions.  The two types of courses include occupational and liberal arts courses.

  1. Occupational Courses - Occupational courses have a direct career relationship and focus on developing necessary knowledge and skills to enter the workforce within the chosen field of study-e.g., ACCT 103 , EMT 115 , MFG 211 , WELD 120 . Occupational courses may or may not transfer to another institution. The course description in the catalog will indicate if the course is an occupational course.  No SC occupational course may be used toward SC General Education (SCGE) or to meet the requirements for Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

  2. Liberal Arts Courses - Liberal Arts courses provide general knowledge and theory in English communication, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences areas. Liberal Arts courses may fall into three categories:

    • Applied Liberal Arts - Courses that are focused on building particular skills through the practice and application of talents or concepts-e.g., ART 248 ENG 205 CAB 102 THEA 204 MUSIC 114 COLLS 105 . Applied Liberal Arts courses typically do not transfer to other institutions.  A subset of these courses may be used toward meeting the requirements for SCGE. The course description in the catalog will indicate if the course is an applied liberal arts course.

    • Liberal Arts used for Schoolcraft College General Education (SCGE) - Courses that are theory-based or application-based which offer a wide distribution of experiences to students across multiple disciplines-e.g., ENG 100 PSYCH 153 HIST 138 MATH 106 . These courses may or may not transfer to another institution. Liberal Arts courses that do not transfer are typically applied in nature, such as MATH 106 . Liberal Arts courses that are intended to transfer are typically theory-based. The course description will indicate if the course fulfills a general education component -e.g., PSYCH 153 .

    • Liberal Arts Courses used for Transfer - Courses which are theory-based and offer a wide distribution of experiences to students across multiple disciplines-e.g., PSYCH 153 BIOL 101 ECON 201 ART 120 , MATH 111 . These courses are a sub-set of the Liberal Arts used for SCGE which meet both SCGE and the requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). The MTA identified courses that are intended to meet the general education requirements at transfer institutions are identified in the course description. Information about the MTA requirements may be found at https://www.mitransfer.org/michigan-transfer-agreement.

*Credentials - documentation of satisfactory completion of courses that result in a nationally recognized acknowledgment of learning and skills. Schoolcraft College offers skills certificate, certificate, associate and bachelor degree credentials.

Liberal Arts Courses Fulfilling Schoolcraft College General Education and/or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Requirements 

Liberal Arts courses will typically transfer to another institution. They provide general knowledge and theory in the English Communication, humanities, natural sciences, math, and social sciences. Transferability of courses should be discussed with your academic advisor and may be dependent on the receiving institution.

Select the links below to view the list of courses in each distribution area that fulfill general education and/or MTA requirements.