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General Education Program

Degree Requirements, Graduation, and Commencement

The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.

As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines.

General Proficiency Outcomes
Sensitivity to creative expression
Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
The development of critical and analytical skills
Exploration of diverse perspectives of the human experience
Information, technology and media literacy
Quantitative literacy


Download a chart summarizing requirements for:

General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for Traditional Baccalaureate Degrees

General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for AA/AS, Nursing Completion,  and Professional Studies Degrees



Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)

To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of a college program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Every students must take 1 course in each of the areas listed below:

  • Writing WRI 1: Proficiency in various modes of written expression
  • Quantitative Reasoning QR1: Interpret and communicate mathematical concepts in verbal, numerical, graphical and symbolic forms
  • Oral Communications OC1: Proficiency in oral communications (informational and persuasive modes) in public settings
  • Fitness or Health FH1: Create and apply a personal lifetime fitness and health strategy
    OR FH2: Apply health science content to prevent disease or disability and restore or maintain health
  • Information, Technology and Media Literacy ITML1: Ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, to evaluate, and effectively use and communicate information applying appropriate technologies
  • Religious Studies RS1: Recognize the diversity and complexity of religious traditions; RS2: Critically examine the origins and developments of religious traditions
  • Freshman Seminar FS1: Develop academic learning and life skills incorporating campus and community citizenship

General Education Program: First Year College & Bodies of Knowledge

Student Learning Outcome1 Degree: Associates, Bachelor of Science, Nursing Completion (BS, NUR) and BS Professional Studies Traditional Baccalaureate Degrees
First Year College:

Writing (WR)
Quantitative literacy (QR)
Oral Communications (OC)
Fitness/Health (FH)
Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)
Religious Studies (RS)
Freshman Studies (FS)

(One course in each First Year Category)

(One course in each First Year Category)

Bodies of Knowledge:

Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)
Natural & Physical World (NPW)
Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)
Social Environment & Human Experience (SEH)
World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)

(One course in each Body of Knowledge)

(Two courses in each Body of Knowledge)

Minimum credits


Bodies of Knowledge (30 Credits)

A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Every student would be required to take two different courses fulfilling at least two Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in the five Bodies of Knowledge listed below:

Please check WebAdvisor and speak with your academic advisor about courses being offered in the General Education program. Not all courses are guaranteed to be offered in every academic term. Also, some academic majors may pre-select which General Education courses students must take, so it is important to speak with your advisor and refer to your program evaluation, as well as the college course catalogue.