General Education at Esperanza College
What is "General Education"?
"General Education" refers to a collection of classes that Esperanza College requires in order to obtain an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. It is also known as the "Core Curriculum" of a school. General Education is also required by accrediting bodies across the country. Finally, General Education enables the school to forward its Mission and Goals through needed courses. Here you can learn about different aspects of General Education at Esperanza College and the learning opportunities it provides. At Esperanza College, we believe your education should be well-rounded and should provide you with skills and knowledge befitting a member of an educated class.
What do I get to take?
Together, five strands of General Education provide students with an opportunity to mature into well-grounded individuals, suited for any further degree program or professional endeavor and equipped to engage in critical thinking, to live responsibly, and to communicate knowledgeably and appropriately as part of an increasingly pluralistic and competitive environment:
1) English - Reading and Writing: To help students become more competitive in today's academic world, Esperanza College walks students through four English courses, regardless of concentration. It is believed that students who can read and write better can also communicate better, understand better, and interact in every field in a more professional and appropriate manner.
2) Professional Courses: Esperanza College requires all students to take CSC110 (Computer Literacy) and COM120 (Public Speaking). These two courses provide a bedrock of survival in today's business and educational worlds. Students are encouraged to investigate contemporary tools for communication and presentation purposes. They are enabled to defeat fears of speaking in front of others and are given tools for more effective verbal communication of ideas. The belief is that these core tools elevate our students toward professionalism.
3) Spanish Background: Esperanza College is situated in the midst of a mixed environment, featuring many Spanish-speaking peoples, who in fact are not always bilingual. To foster literacy in multiple languages, our students are given the opportunity to simultaneously strengthen their English abilities while also furthering skill in this critical language of our world today. As the Spanish-speaking population continues to grow, our students will receive a basic grasp of the language, beyond familiar dialects. This skill contributes to students' professional repertoire and enables them to interact more fully in today's world.
4) Broad Knowledge/Humanities: Esperanza College is interested not only in creating professionals but also in fostering awareness and spiritual maturity for the pursuit of personal well-being and interpersonal justice and social action in the community and beyond. This comes from the distinguishing character of Eastern University at large, to equip students in "Faith, Reason, and Justice." To this end, Esperanza Students are equipped with a Bible survey course (BIB100), an interdisciplinary course that introduces the aforementioned values and missions (INST150), a theology and spirituality course (THEO210), a justice course focused on issues in the USA (INST270) and a multidisciplinary course tracing some of the history of Western Civilization (INST161).
5) Math and Science: In order to graduate from college, students must demonstrate capacity to engage at college-level in mathematics and scientific thought. At Esperanza College this is established through the Mathematical Ideas course (MATH103), which brings college students who are struggling with Mathematics to a college level. Additionally, a wholistic approach to biology is provided through a Human Biology course (BIO104). Together these courses bring students up to speed in critical skills essential to many professions in addition to teaching such critical life skills as budgeting and calculating results, as well as physical self-care and health awareness.
If you wish to learn more, visit the Mission and Goals page.