Jun 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

General Education Requirements and Core Abilities

Meeting General Education Requirements and Core Abilities

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.

The general education distribution areas are: 

  • English Communication 
  • Humanities 
  • Mathematics  
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Social Sciences 

Click here to download 2024/2025 Schoolcraft College General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements , including a list of courses that can be used to fulfill Schoolcraft College General Education Requirements.

Click to view more information about Schoolcraft College’s General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements  for Associate and Bachelor Level Degrees.

Core Abilities

Colleges, universities, and employers want students who possess abilities that go beyond a particular discipline. Schoolcraft College has identified these broad outcomes or skills, called Core Abilities, as the institutional learning outcomes. The outcomes include the ability to: 

  • Communicate effectively 
  • Demonstrate creative and critical thinking 
  • Use technology effectively 
  • Use mathematics 
  • Manage information 
  • Work cooperatively 
  • Act professionally 
  • Demonstrate social and cultural awareness 

Every Schoolcraft graduate with an associate or bachelor’s degree is expected to achieve these outcomes. At least one of the Core Abilities is addressed and assessed within every course. Every associate and bachelor’s degree program has all eight Core Ability expectations integrated into the overall program design. 

For more information on Core Abilities, please visit the Institutional Level Assessment website.

Using MTA to Fulfill General Education Requirements

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) makes it easier for students to transfer their general education courses earned at 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. Schoolcraft accepts the requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement as fulfilling Schoolcraft’s General Education requirements. 

Please visit our Schoolcraft to U website to see the specific course requirements to complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA.)

Click here to download the 2024/2025 Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Guide  including a list of all MTA eligible courses.

Board Policies

Schoolcraft College defines the requirements for Core Abilities and General Education in Board Policy 1020. Graduation requirements are defined in Board Policy 2210.  

For more information, please visit the Schoolcraft College Policies and Procedures website.