Apr 23, 2024  
Fall 2024 - Summer 2025 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2024 - Summer 2025 Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirement is an educational experience shared by all SUNY Westchester Community College degree seeking students. The framework, established by the State University of New York for all SUNY colleges, aims to empower students to meet the changing demands of the 21st-century.

Students enrolled in Certificate programs do not have General Education credit requirements.

Courses in Multiple General Education Categories

In some cases, a course may fulfill more than one General Education category. In such cases, students may use the course to fulfill each of the categories, however, they will only earn the credits for the course. The student must still complete the total number of General Education credits required for their degree.


The following are General Education requirements for students admitted beginning Fall 2023. For students admitted in prior years, consult the General Education requirements in the catalog for the year of admission.

View the list of General Education Courses.  

General Education Categories

Category Minimum Credits
Communication - Written and Oral 3
Humanities 3
Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning) 3 to 5
Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning) - with or without Lab 3 to 5
Diversity: Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice 3
Social Sciences 3
US History and Civic Engagement OR
World History and Global Awareness
The Arts OR
World Languages
Additional General Education Courses based on program requirements 6
Total Gen Ed Credits Required 30-34

Learning Outcomes for General Education Categories

Category Learning Outcomes

Communication - Written and Oral

Students will

  • research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details;
  • demonstrate coherent college-level communication (written and oral) that informs, persuades, or otherwise engages with an audience;
  • evaluate communication for substance, bias, and intended effect; and
  • demonstrate the ability to revise and improve written and oral communication.


Students will

  • demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities; and
  • recognize and analyze nuance and complexity of meaning through critical reflections on text, visual images, or artifacts.

Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning)

Students will demonstrate mathematical skills and quantitative reasoning, including the ability to

  • interpret and draw inferences from appropriate mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics;
  • represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, or verbally as appropriate; and
  • employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.

Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning)

Students will demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including

  • an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling; and
  • application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.

Diversity: Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

Students will

  • describe the historical and contemporary societal factors that shape the development of individual and group identity involving race, class, and gender;
  • analyze the role that complex networks of social structures and systems play in the creation and perpetuation of the dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity; and
  • apply the principles of rights, access, equity, and autonomous participation to past, current, or future social justice action.

Social Sciences

Students will

  • describe major concepts and theories of at least one discipline in the social sciences; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena.

US History and Civic Engagement

Students will

  • demonstrate understanding of United States’ society and/or history, including the diversity of individuals and communities that make up the nation;
  • understand the role of individual participation in US communities and government; and
  • apply historical and contemporary evidence to draw, support, or verify conclusions.

World History and Global Awareness

Students will

  • demonstrate knowledge of a broad outline of world history and/or the development of the distinctive features of at least one civilization or culture in relation to other regions of the world; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the structures, systems, and interrelationships among civilizations and cultures within historical and/or contemporary contexts, and their impact on wellbeing and sustainability.

The Arts

Students will

  • demonstrate an understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.

World Languages

Students will

  • exhibit basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a world language; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.