General Education at Brooklyn College
General education is the hallmark of a true liberal arts education, distinguishing it from an education focused solely on a specialized field. At Brooklyn College, we understand the importance of a student’s major for developing focused skills and knowledge in a specific field; we also know that out students come to us to gain a breadth of experiences, ideas, and skills.
Our general education requirements provide educational foundations – including writing, speech, and a foreign language – and essential knowledge and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, acquired through the Core Curriculum. The suite of courses reflects the knowledge, understanding, judgment, and skills that a person needs to make meaningful contributions to a diverse and global society, assume tasks of leadership in the world, and possess an appreciation of and capacity for lifelong learning.
The Core Curriculum
The College-wide Core Curriculum, a requirement for all candidates for a baccalaureate degree, is intended to provide all students with a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. In a national environment where students are urged, earlier and earlier, to choose an area of specialization, the Core Curriculum ensures that as students are preparing for careers and specialized research, they are also being exposed to areas of lasting interest and to their interrelatedness: history and political systems; artistic movements in literature, visual arts, drama, and music; schools of philosophy; and developments in mathematics, the physical sciences, and computer science.
Students take a total of 11 Core Courses across three groups – Arts and Literatures, Philosophical and Social Inquiry, and Scientific Inquiry – organized into lower- and upper-tiers. The lower-tier courses are foundational; the upper-tier aims to be integrative, innovative, and to allow students to pursue more in-depth study. The Core Curriculum is unified by ten common goals, which amount to a practical philosophy of liberal education in our time.
Writing, language, and speech are central to Brooklyn’s general education philosophy. In order to graduate, all students must complete the following:
- English Composition 1 and 2
- Level three or higher in a foreign language
- Screening by the Speech Communication Arts and Sciences Department
Have a Question or Need Advisement?
Please contact the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success for assistance. You are also encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions, Requirements & Equivalencies and Core Curriculum Course Information.
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