College Academic Learning Goals

Delaware County Community College’s competency-based degree and certificate programs have been designed to offer graduates the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform competently in their area of study.

Our degree programs include three types of competencies - College Academic Learning Goals, Program Outcomes, and Course Competencies. The nine College Academic Learning Goals (CALGs) are broad statements of the learning opportunities that are included in every degree program. Program Outcomes describe the specific skills and knowledge included in particular degree programs. Course competencies describe the specific knowledge and skills included in particular college courses.

Since the focus is on skills, knowledge and abilities rather than courses, there is no mandatory set of courses that every graduate will take to complete the general education portion of a degree program. Instead, each degree program, career and transfer, has been designed by the College’s faculty to meet these goals. The goals are met either by general education courses or by required program courses that have been designed to meet one or more of the learning goals.

Each degree program guides its graduates to achieve the College Academic Learning Goals in the way that is most reasonable and helpful to students in that field of study.

The courses that meet the goals are part of, not in addition to, the program. The nine College Academic Learning Goals are:

Critical Reasoning: Graduates will demonstrate critical reasoning. 

Diversity and Social Justice: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of inequality, oppression, power, privilege, and the struggle for social justice faced by historically marginalized people.

Global Understanding: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze global topics and issues. 

Information Literacy: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and communicate information found in the course of their research.

Information Technology: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to use information technology.

Oral Communication: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate orally by delivering and receiving messages competently.

Quantitative Reasoning: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning to solve problems.

Scientific Inquiry: Graduates will demonstrate a conceptual and a quantitative understanding of natural science disciplines and develop scientific inquiry skills.

Written Communication: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to compose coherent, evidence-based academic writing.

College Academic Learning Goals Designated Courses

This list is for Fall 2016 and will be continuously changing, please check the Delaware County Community College website for the most up-to-date list.

Critical
Reasoning
Diversity and
Social Justice
Global
Understanding
Information
Literacy
Information 
Technology
Computing
DPR 101*

Humanities
ENG 100
ENG 112*
HUM 160*
PHI 100*

Social Science
ECE 121*
HIS 110*
HIS 120*
HIS 150*
HIS 160*
HIS 200*
HIS 224*
HIS 225*
HIS 235*
PSY 130
PSY 140
PSY 200
PSY 205*
PSY 210*
PSY 220*
PSY 235*
PSY 241*
PSY 242*
SWO 203/PSY 203*

Not intended for
transfer

Other
NUS 110
Humanities
ENG 230
ENG 231
ENG 240*
ENG 241*
HUM 121*
HUM 160*

Social Science
HIS 110*
HIS 120*
HIS 150*
HIS 160*
HIS 235*
POL 120
PSY 205*
PSY 210*
PSY 220*
PSY 221/SOC 220
PSY 235*
PSY 241*
PSY 242*
SOC 110*
SOC 120*
SOC 180
SOC 210*
SOC 215/PSY 225
SWO 203/PSY 203*
Business
ADJ 202
ECO 210
ECO 220

Humanities
ART 110
ART 111
ART 112
ART 115
ART 116
ENG 240*
ENG 241*
HUM 121*
HUM 160*
PHI 100*

Science
BIO 102*

Social Science
HIS 110*
HIS 120*
HIS 150*
HIS 160*
HIS 200*
HIS 224*
HIS 225*
HIS 235*
PSY 210*
PSY 235*
PSY 241*
PSY 242*
SOC 110*
SOC 120*
SOC 210*
Humanities
ENG 100*
ENG 112*

Social Science
EDU 206
SOC 260
Computing
DPR 100
DPR 101*
(Old DPR 108)
DPR 110

Humanities
ART 211
ART 236

Social Science
ECE 111/112/
121/130/
140/201 Bundle
EDU 206

Not intended for
general transfer but
may be accepted in
related curricula via
articulation

Business
NET 110
Not intended for
transfer

Business
PLG 130

Other
EMTP 200
NUS 110
RTH 104/105 Bundle
TCC 111

* Multiple College Academic Learning Goals Designations

Oral
Communication
Quantitative
Reasoning
Scientific
Inquiry
Written 
Communication
Business
BUS 130

Humanities
COMM 100
COMM 111
Business
BUS 220

Mathematics
MAT 110
MAT 120
MAT 121
MAT 128
(Old MAT 100)
MAT 125
MAT 135
MAT 151
MAT 152
MAT 160
MAT 210

Not intended for
transfer

Business
BUS 104
Science
BIO 100
BIO 102*
(Old SCI 100)
BIO 110
BIO 150
CHE 101
CHE 110
ESS 100
ESS 110
PHY 110
PHY 131

Not intended for
general transfer but
may be accepted in
related curricula via
articulation

Science
PHY 107

Other
AHM 104/105/220 Bundle
Humanities
ENG 100*
ENG 112*
HUM 121*

* Multiple College Academic Learning Goals Designations