Becton College General Education Requirements Effective Fall 2023
Candidates for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science must complete a minimum of 120 credits of course work, including completion of Becton College’s general education requirements, which requires 42 credits, depending on exemptions. Students must also complete 8 credits of University Requirements.
Programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree require from 30 to 45 credits in an area of concentration. The programs for Bachelor of Science degree require a greater number of credits.
Minors usually consist of 15 credits and are available in most disciplines in Becton College. Becton College also offers interdisciplinary area minors.
In addition to completing the requirements for the Becton College general education requirements and for their majors, students shall complete such additional credits in free electives to meet the minimum requirement of 120 credits.
Each student must select a major, consisting of group-related courses in an area of specialization, before entering the fifth or sixth semester. The courses in a major must total at least 30 credits including introductory-level courses, but may not total more than 45 in a single discipline for programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A greater degree of specialization is allowed in programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. A 2.0 cumulative grade point ratio in the major and overall is required in the Becton College of Arts and Sciences in order to graduate.
Students may wish to take introductory courses in their major field of interest before the fifth or sixth semester. Other electives may be chosen from courses offered in any of the undergraduate colleges if prerequisites can be met. Qualified students may request permission to elect graduate courses in their seventh and eighth semesters.
Juniors and seniors may take from 1 to 3 credits each semester in individual intensive study under the direction of a specific faculty member, according to the criteria set forth for such independent study by the department concerned. Consent of the instructor and department chairperson is required
Students may count no more than 12 credits of independent study toward the completion of the minimum requirements of their majors or the minimum requirements for their degrees. Students may elect independent study in any of the discipline offerings of Becton College.
General Education Requirements – Effective Fall 2023
Becton College requires students to earn a minimum of 120 credits to complete degree requirements. The flexibility of the general education requirements allows students the opportunity to complete a second major and/or minors. Wroxton College courses from appropriate disciplinary areas may be used to fulfill General Education requirements. Students may enroll in any course for which they are qualified. This means that students may take any course that does not have a prerequisite or for which they have met the prerequisite. In addition, courses taken above the required level will meet the lower-level requirement. Requirements waived do not earn credit toward graduation.
General Education Specific Requirements (42 credits)
All approved courses available to meet the requirements listed below are on Degree Audit. Please consult with your advisor about recommended and/or approved options within your Major.
Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)
Written Communication (6 credits)
This requirement consists of six credits in College Writing (WRIT1002 and WRIT1003). Based on placement exam scores, some students may be required to complete developmental course(s) WRIT 1000 and/or WRIT 1001 (credits earned are placed in the free elective area) to achieve prerequisite skills before enrolling in WRIT 1002. Students who place into honors fulfill the writing requirement through WRIT 1002 and WRIT 1003.
Oral/Professional Communication (3 credits)
Information & Technological Literacy (3 credits)
Choose one course from
- COMM 2861 Communicating through Media
- COMM 3101 Research Methods
- CRIM 2205 Crim Justice Research Methods
- CMLGY 3500 Data in Criminology
- GOVT 3500 Social Analysis
- HIST 3802 Historical Methods
- INTEC 1111 Tech & Info Literacy
- SOCI 2204 Women and Crime
- SOCI 3500 Methods in Social Research
- PSYC 2211 Research Methods (for students in The School of Psychology & Counseling)
Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Choose one course from
- COMM 3838 Media Ethics
- CSCI 1109 Computer Ethics
- EDUC 3601 Equity, Ethics and Education
- GOVT 2400 Political Ethics
- PHIL 1103 Ethics
- PHIL 1440 Bio-Medical Ethics
- PHIL 2008 Ethical Issues in the Movies
Global and Cultural Understanding (6 credits)
Global Issues (3 credits)
Choose one course from
- COMM 2102 International Communication
- CREW 2018 Narrative Storytelling
- GOVT 2130 International Relations
- HIST 2244 Islamic Empires
- HIST 2400 The Indian Ocean
- HIST 2401 Pacific Worlds
- HIST 2402 Atlantic Worlds
- HIST 2403 Mediterranean Worlds
- HIST 2504 Gender & Race in Latin America
- HIST 3252 Dictatorship in Latin America
- HRTM2235 Sustainability & Ecotourism
- INTER 3432 Global Issues & Britain
- LITS 2023 Food in Literature and Film and CINE 2023 Food in Literature and Film
- ORGS 2400 Global Iss/Create Sust Future
- SOCI 2248 Globalization, Culture & Ident
- SOCI 2901 World on the Move: Contemp Mig
- UNIV 2002 Global Issues
Cultural Understanding (3 credits)
Choose one course from
- COMM 2105 Communicating Status
- CREW 2022 Storytelling & Social Justice
- CREW 3080 Music & Poetry
- GOVT 2851 The Politics of Horror
- HIST 3326 Islam & Christianity in Africa
- INTER 3430 Anatomy Contemporary Britain
- LITS 2331 Myths & Sacred Texts
- SOCI 2500 Food & Society
- SOCI 3344 Schools and Society
- SOCI 3365 Sociology of Religion
- UNIV 2001 Cross Cultural Perspectives
Scientific and Quantitative Analysis (7 credits)
Lab Science (4 credits)
Choose one four credit course with a mandatory lab component from the following disciplines Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Environmental Science (ENVR), Marine Biology (MBIO), or Physics (PHYS).
College Math (3 credits) at Metropolitan Campus
Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper-level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering. Those with placement scores below the standards for these courses must complete courses in prerequisite skills. These are MATH 1000 and/or MATH 1100 (credits placed in the free elective area).
College Math (3 credits) at Florham Campus
Successful completion of MATH 1126, MATH 1128, MATH 1107, or MATH 1203. Those with placement scores below the standards for these three courses must complete courses in prerequisite skills. These are MATH 1000 and/or MATH 1100 (credits placed in the free elective area).
Social and Behavioral Scientific Analysis (6 credits)
Take 3 credits from the following disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), Environmental Studies (ENVS), Geography (GEOG), Government and Politics (GOVT), Sociology (SOCI), or Sustainability (SUST).
Take 3 credits from the following disciplines: Criminal Justice (CRIM), Criminology (CMLGY), or Psychology (PSYC).
Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities (6 credits)
Creative and Expressive Arts (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following disciplines: Animation (ANIM), Animation Humanities (ANIMH), Art (ART), Art History (ARTH), Graphic Design (CGD), Graphic Design Humanities (CGDH), Cinema Studies (CINE), Creative Writing (CREW), Dance (DAN), Dance Humanities (DANH), Filmmaking (FILM), Music (MUSIC), Music Humanities (MUSIH), Theater (THEA), or Theater Humanities (THEAH). Students in the School of the Arts take SOAC 3001 to satisfy this requirement.
Humanities (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following disciplines: African American Studies (AFAM), English (ENGL) History (HIST),
Humanities (HUMN), Literature (LITS), Philosophy (PHIL), or Religion (RELI).
First Year Seminar courses (2 credits)
1. UNIV 1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)
2. UNIV 1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credits\)
Transfer students entering the University with 30 or more credits will be exempted from taking Transitioning to University Life (UNIV 1001). Transfer students entering the University with 45 or more credits will be exempted from taking Preparing for Professional Life (UNIV 1002).