North Carolina Central University's General Education Curriculum (GEC) prepares students academically and professionally for leadership in a culturally diverse world. Emphasis is placed upon oral and written communications, scientific inquiry, technological proficiency, ethics, and critical thinking. The GEC offers students instruction in interdisciplinary as well as single-discipline courses. It is designed to meet the needs of the university's diverse student population, and is an integral part of each student's academic experience.
In some areas of study, students may be enrolled in courses according to their demonstrated skill level. However, if they so choose, students have the opportunity to challenge course placement in order to receive advanced standing.
The General Education Curriculum permits students to select courses depending upon their major or interests. In some instances, courses may satisfy both the general education and the degree major requirements. GEC credits will readily transfer to any four-year institution and the Curriculum complies with all community college transfer agreements. The General Education Curriculum has six academic components:
Communications in English and Foreign Languages
Mathematics and the Sciences
Arts and Humanities
Health and Wellness
Social / Career Enhancement and Development
Ethics and technology/computer proficiency are integrated throughout the Curriculum.
The Curriculum is characterized by four unifying themes.
Critical and Analytical Thinking
The number of credit hours in the General Education Curriculum (38-43) makes it possible for students to double major, minor in one or more disciplines, or take a variety of electives that will enhance their professional aspirations.
Along with the degree major program, the Curriculum affords each student the opportunity to design for the best career options that a university degree can offer. North Carolina Central University's faculty and staff will work together with students to ensure that all students are placed into the proper GEC courses and that they receive the credits they have earned from all other eligible courses.