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General Education

Section Title:Academic
Policy Number:300-K
Policy Name:General Education
Approval Authority:Provost/VP for Teaching, Learning & Growth
Responsible Executive:Provost/VP for Teaching, Learning & Growth
Responsible Unit:Office of the Provost
Date Adopted:July 1983
Date Revised:April 2017, September 2020


As New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, Ramapo College provides a high-quality education which is based in the liberal arts.  Through a common general education program,  students will be provided the opportunity to develop those core skills related to a liberal education.


Reason for Policy

To retain a common learning experience at Ramapo College.


To Whom Does The Policy Apply

All faculty and students at Ramapo College.


Related Documents

GECCo (General Education Curriculum Committee) web site.

ARC (Academic Review Committee) web site and manual.

College Catalog

Policy and Procedure 300K: Integrity of Degree Programs



Vice Provost for Academic Programs – 201-684-7515



Procedures for the Policy on General Education

  1. General education requirements will be set by the faculty and approved by the Provost or designee.
  2. Required courses include First-Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing II, Social Science Inquiry, and Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Other requirements include courses in Quantitative Reasoning, Historical Perspectives, Scientific Reasoning, Global Awareness, and a choice of courses chosen from two of three Distribution categories: including Culture and Creativity, Values and Ethics, and Systems, Sustainability, and Society.
  3. Assessment of general education is the responsibility of the faculty and, with the support of the Vice Provost for  Academic Programs, will be undertaken in a systematic and regularly occurring manner.
  4. GECCo (General Education Curriculum Committee) oversees the assessment of the student learning outcomes for general education and recommends approval of general education courses to the Academic Review Committee, which, in turn, recommends final approval to the Provost.
  5. Changes made to the general education requirements must be as a result of the assessment of the student learning outcomes for the general education program.
  6. Student requests for waivers to general education requirements will be reviewed and decided upon by the Vice Provost for Academic Programs. The decision of the Vice Provost is final.
  7. Transfer students may transfer in or be waived from some or all General Education requirements, as specified in Policy and Procedure 300-FF: Transfer Credit and Policy and Procedure 300-F1: Waiver of General Education Requirements.