May 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Updated Catalog 
  
2022-2023 Updated Catalog

General Education


      

AA Degree General Education Requirements 

AAS Degree General Education Requirements 

AS Degree General Education Requirements 

 

All NWF State College degree programs contain both specialized courses and general education courses. Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Associate in Arts (AA) students complete at least thirty-six (36) general education credits from five subject area categories. Associate in Science students complete at least eighteen (18) general education credits from five (5) subject areas. The general education component of each program is designed to further the mission and goals of the college. Upon successful completion of general education coursework, the student will:

General Education In All Degrees

All NWF State College degree programs contain both general education courses and specialized courses. Students enrolled in Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate in Arts programs complete at least thirty-six (36) general education credits from five subject area categories - Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The general education component of each program is designed to further the mission and goals of the college. Upon successful completion of general education coursework, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and speaking;
  2. Apply reflection, analysis, synthesis, logical reasoning and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach decisions and solve problems;
  3. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods;
  4. Find, evaluate, organize and use information accurately and effectively; and
  5. Participate actively as informed and responsible citizens in social, cultural, global and environmental matters.

The NWF State College General Education Program is designed to conform to all applicable regional accreditation criteria, Florida State Board of Education Rules, and the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement. Associate in Science students complete at least eighteen (18) general education credits from five (5) subject areas also the general education component of each program is also designed to further the mission and goals of NWF State College. NWF State College’s General Education program incorporates Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum and Writing-Across-the-Curriculum requirements.

Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum

Oral communication is an integral part of the NWF State College general education program; thus several general education courses include graded activities designed to build speaking and communication skills. All Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Associate in Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree-seekers must satisfy the Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum requirement and may do so by completing at least one of the general education courses designated as part of the Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum component of the General Education program. See the AA General Education section of catalog for specific courses.

Writing-Across-the-Curriculum

All associate degree students must complete at least one three-credit writing class as part of their general education program. Additional writing activities are required in all general education humanities courses. Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate in Arts students must complete twelve (12) to fifteen (15) college credits from designated General Education Gordon Rule Communication, Humanities and Social Science subject areas. All associate degree students must complete 3 college credits from designated General Education Gordon Rule Communication, Humanities, and Social Science subject areas. See the AA Degree General Education  section of catalog for specific courses.

Gordon Rule

Florida’s Gordon Rule (FAC Rule 6A-10.030) includes a legislative mandate that all baccalaureate and Associate in Arts graduates successfully complete specific writing and math requirements. Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate in Arts graduates must have successfully completed at least 21 college credits from designated General Education Gordon Rule Communication, Humanities, Social Science and Mathematics subject areas.  AS graduates must have successfully completed at least 9 college credits from designated General Education Gordon Rule Communication, Humanities, Social Science and Mathematics subject areas.

All Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Associate in Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree-seekers must also earn a grade of “C” or higher in each Gordon Rule course used to satisfy general education requirements, whether the credits are earned at NWFSC or elsewhere.

Civic Literacy Competency

In accordance with Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Civic Literacy Competency, as required by section 1007.25(4), Florida Statutes (F.S.), students enrolled in an AA or baccalaureate program initially entering the Florida College System or State University System under the 2021-2022 Catalog or later must demonstrate civic literacy competency prior to graduation through successful completion (with a grade of “C” or higher) of POS 1041 or AMH 2020 and by achieving a passing score on an assessment outlined in the table below.

Prior to the award of an associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students initially entering a Florida College System institution in the 2022-23 school year, and thereafter, must demonstrate competency in civic literacy.

Assessment   Standard Score
AP Government and Politics:  United States    3
AP United States History    4
CLEP:  American Government   50
Florida Civic Literacy Exam  60%

General Education Core Digital Badges

ENC1101 and the “Fundamentals of Written Communication” Digital Badge 

Upon completion of ENC1101 or a course for which ENC1101 is a prerequisite with a grade “C” or better, a “Fundamentals of Written Communication” digital badge will be automatically awarded. 

Defining “Fundamentals of Written Communication” 

Effective written communication is the ability to communicate ideas, information, and perspectives clearly, adapting a message to different audiences and situations, and using the appropriate style to convey meaning in various written contexts. 

Learning Outcomes 

By completing the college course associated with this badge, you will demonstrate information literacy, comprehension of written material, and conveying information in writing for a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences. Some of the learning outcomes associated with the college course that results in this badge include the following: 

  • Examining and analyzing written material. 
  • Synthesizing information and ideas. 
  • Developing content relevant to the purpose. 
  • Demonstrating the ability to write to a specific audience. 
  • Presenting a perspective informed by research and critical thinking. 
  • Revising written communication based on feedback. 

Importance in Workplace 

  • Enhances an employee’s ability to interpret and evaluate a wide variety of written material. 
  • Promotes research, critical thinking, and problem solving. 
  • Advances the development of clearly written material relevant to the intent. 
  • Enhances the use of appropriate language for the intended audience. 
  • Increases the competent, effective, and responsible use of information. 

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A digital badge will be available to students upon completion of credential requirements. This badge includes the logos for the FCS and SUS and includes the title, “Fundamentals of Written Communication.”

 

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