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Curriculum and College Mission

According to its mission, The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and 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

Current Curriculum

The current General Education curriculum, which is described in the College Catalog, consists of three required courses as well as courses in seven distribution categories. The three required courses-Critical Reading and Writing II, First-Year Seminar, and Readings in Humanities-are also writing-intensive courses. The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) website provides more information about writing-intensive courses. In addition, the document entitled General Education Goals, Outcomes, and Curriculum Map (DOC) lists the general-education goals and outcomes and maps them to the curriculum.

General Education 2006-9 provides an overview of the development and assessment of the current General Education program from 2006-2009. In 2009, Faculty Assembly created the General Education Curriculum Committee (GECCo). GECCo reports to the Faculty Assembly Executive Council and makes any recommendations about curriculum to the Academic Review Committee (ARC). GECCo is charged with (1) faculty-driven, holistic oversight of the General Education curriculum and (2) developing and implementing an on-going Gen Ed assessment on a multi-year cycle. Each General Education category has a representative on GECCo, chosen by the convening group, school, or faculty-at-large. There are two or more representatives per school. The Library is also represented. The GECCo Website provides more information about GECCo, in particular its current assessment work.

New Curriculum

Effective Fall 2018 (PDF)

The General Education curriculum has recently undergone a revision. General Education Task Force II worked for two and a half years on that revision. The task force’s Charge outlines the work of that task force. In December 2015, the Ramapo faculty overwhelmingly voted to recommend approval of the revised program . The Provost accepted that recommendation. The revised curriculum will be implemented over the course of the next couple of years with a target launch date of the fall 2017 semester. The General Education Implementation Team (GEIT) will implement the curriculum. (For answers to frequently – asked questions about the work of the General Education Implementation Team, please see the document at this link: FAQ.) The Vice Provost, who chairs the team’s steering committee, issued a call for faculty volunteers for the faculty and staff working groups.
The working groups  set  outcomes for the established objectives, and GECCo created checklists, supplementary checklists, and syllabus templates to guide course design and approval.  In addition, Deans’ Council and FAEC (the governance working group) established Criteria for General Education Courses.  The GEIT Steering Committee has reviewed an implementation schedule.  The committee’s minutes are archived below:

January 14, 2016

February 5, 2016

February 24, 2016

March 9, 2016

April 6, 2016

May 18, 20S16

September 7, 2016

October 5, 2016

November 2, 2016

February 8, 2017

October  23, 2017

November  15  2017

GEIT Agenda December 20,2017

December 20,2017

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.


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