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General Education Requirements

All Keystone College curricula reflect institutional student learning outcomes which are grounded in the mission and shape institutional culture. These outcomes are supported by the general educa­tion core, a series of courses that in turn provide the educational foundation to support and enhance individual curricula within a major.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  • Participating as contributing members of the community through work and service
  • Demonstrating cross-cultural competencies, skills, and dispositions
  • Understand the interconnectedness of global economic, political, ecological, technological, and belief systems
  • Articulating well-developed perspectives on environmental sustainability
  • Demonstrate competency in writing within a specific discipline;
  • Recognize and reflect the self-reliance and self-motivation of lifelong learners.

The General Education Core educates students for competency in the following areas:

Oral and written communication skills:

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication and interpret the oral and written expression of others.

Critical analysis and reasoning:

  • Students will engage in analytical and evaluative thinking aimed at continuous improvement.

Quantitative and scientific reasoning:

  • Students will apply mathematic and scientific concepts and theories to identify and analyze problem-solving situations.

Information and technology literacy:

  • Students will research, create and communicate information using technology or media.


  • Students will explore, use, and evaluate the creative processes that shape human experience.

Personal and social responsibility:

  • Students will recognize and engage in personal and social behaviors necessary for the wellness of self and the community.
  • Students will meet these competencies by taking required courses and choosing other courses iden­tified as meeting each outcome.

General Education Requirements

To meet the General Education requirements, all Keystone students take four required courses:

  1. First Year Seminar
  2. College Writing I: Academic Writing
  3. College Writing II: Writing About Literature
  4. Speech Communication

Students then choose a set number of courses from within several disciplines:

  1. Arts and Humanities
  2. Ethics
  3. Health and wellness
  4. Mathematics
  5. Natural Science
  6. Social and Behavioral Sciences