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Curriculum and College Mission

All academic programs offered at Ramapo College require the completion of rigorous curricula designed to provide students with exceptional educational experiences and more-than-adequate preparation to meet their academic and career goals. All academic curricula emphasize fundamental components of the College’s mission by delivering interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities, as well as by helping students develop international and intercultural understanding.

General Education Goals and Objectives

The all-college learning goals and outcomes express what all undergraduate Ramapo students should know or be able to do upon graduation. All undergraduate majors have mapped their goals and outcomes to the all-college goals and outcomes to demonstrate the integration of goals and outcomes at the programmatic and institutional levels.

  • Explore the world: investigate human cultures and the natural world.
    • Critically engage with the products of culture, through interpretation or creative expression.
    • Critically interpret history and society.
    • Apply methods of scientific inquiry effectively.
    • Apply mathematical concepts effectively.
  •  Engage the world: think critically and convey new understanding.
    • Demonstrate logic and reasoning skills.
    • Write effectively in scholarly and creative contexts.
    • Speak effectively in scholarly and creative contexts.
    • Develop the skills necessary to locate, evaluate, and employ information effectively.
    • Use technology to communicate information, manage information, or solve problems.
  • Experience your world: integrate and apply your new learning.

    • Apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to address complex problems.
    • Practice reflective inter/intra-personal skills.
    • Participate in an engaged, experiential activity that connects the course to real world settings.
  • Expand our world: develop compassion and ethical understanding across cultures and become an engaged global citizen.

    • Understand diverse communities on local, national, and/or global levels.
    • Analyze ethical implications of the global distribution of power and resources.
    • Question assumptions about individual and group identity.
    • Demonstrate intercultural understanding required to effectively negotiate a diverse global society.


General Education Curriculum

As New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, Ramapo invites you to consider new perspectives on the world you’ve known and to prepare you for the next stage of your life. Here, you will be challenged by a variety of educational experiences: our school cores, minors, concentrations, study abroad, and other opportunities. You’ll pursue a major, one suited to your particular interests; at the same time, you will complete a General Education program. Together, these programs ask you to step out from the community where you are now, to join our college community, and prepare you for citizenship in new communities—wherever your passions take you.

Ramapo College students take ten General Education courses. Students take four keystone courses, one course in each of four keystone categories, and one course in two out of three distribution categories. The learning goals and objectives of these courses express what all Ramapo students should know or be able to do upon graduation.

GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM KEYSTONE COURSES Take all four of the following courses. First Year, Seminar Social Science Inquiry, Critical Reading & Writing 102*, Studies in the Arts & Humanities KEYSTONE CATEGORIES Take one course in each category below. Global Awareness, Historical Perspectives, Scientific Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning* DISTRIBUTION CATEGORIES Take one course in two out of the three categories below.** Culture & Creativity, Systems, Sustainability, & Society, Values & Ethics *These two courses must be taken within the first 64 credits. **At least one course must be offered by a school other than that which houses the student's major.

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Click here for General Education Program faculty resources and assessment information

Click here for information about General Education before fall 2018

Proposing New Courses and Programs

New Courses

Faculty members may propose new courses at any time, but in order to be considered for the next academic year, ARC must receive proposals by October 15.
For detailed information about how to propose new courses, consult the ARC Manual.

New Programs

Faculty may propose new programs at any time; the review time varies.

For detailed information about how to propose new programs, consult the ARC Manual.

President Mercer has indicated that all new graduate programs must meet the following criteria:

  • They must demonstrate a clear societal need;
  • They must build on the existing strengths of the undergraduate programs; and
  • They may not drain resources from the undergraduate program.

In addition, new adult and graduate programs must develop detailed enrollment and budget models so that they can serve as independent cost-revenue centers.


“Several of the academic programs offered at Ramapo College are accredited by prestigious regional and national agencies. These external accreditation agencies require the College to provide extensive evidence of the quality of the academic programs as well as to insure alignment of experiences, required content, and expected outcomes of the program to standards established by professional boards and certifiers. Academic programs that receive external accreditation are, therefore, recognized to be of the highest caliber.”


Ramapo College values excellence in written communication. To that end, all-college, general-education, and programmatic goals and outcomes reference written communication as an important skill. In addition, the Writing Across the Curriculum program ensures that students have multiple opportunities to develop this skill. Finally, the Center for Reading and Writing supports all students in their quest for excellence in reading and writing.

Assessment of Student Learning Academic Review Committee

General Education