General Education Pathway
KCTCS Dual Credit Pathway to the Associate Degree in Arts or Science
General education courses are foundational courses in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning, and other areas of study such as Foreign Languages. These courses develop strong communication, critical thinking, collaboration and other skills needed to succeed in one’s career and as a global citizen.
General education coursework provides the first two years of a university experience, leading to an Associate’s degree in Arts (AA) or Science (AS) (or Fine Arts at some colleges). Some general education courses are also required for the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). The coursework transfers to the receiving university and becomes part of the student’s permanent university record.
The dual credit general education pathway has been designed to help students earn
credits toward the 33 credit hours of KCTCS General Education Core courses within
an AA or AS degree. These core courses are accepted directly towards the first two
years of a bachelor’s degree (60 total credit hours in the AA/AS and 120 total credit
hours in the bachelor’s degree) and will be accepted by any public Kentucky university
per Kentucky’s General Education Transfer Policy. The
General Education Transfer Policy is in place between all public colleges and universities in Kentucky and facilitates a smooth transition as students move from college or university to another institution. Most universities located in contiguous states will also directly accept these courses. Note that students in Early or Middle College programs or other limited access programs will follow program of study guidance from their College-assigned advisor.
Students who plan to pursue the AA/AS at KCTCS and/or transfer to a university should
complete the 33 credit hours of the General Education Core dual credit courses before
any other general education courses. A student may take additional general education
courses for dual credit that meet the KCTCS AA/AS requirements once they have completed
the initial 33 credit hours in Block I. Working with a college advisor or their transfer
university advisor will help ensure that the student does not take dual credit courses
that would not be accepted by their preferred
university or would limit their ability at university to take the specific coursework leading to their desired degree.
The KCTCS Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are 60 credit hours, divided into three blocks:
- BLOCK I: 33 credit hours of General Education Core courses
- BLOCK II: 6 credit hours of requirements specific to the AA or AS degree –it is recommended
students choose these hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to
which they plan to transfer:
- For the AA: hours must be selected from Arts and Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences and/or Foreign Language.
- For the AS: hours must be selected from Quantitative Reasoning and/or Natural Sciences
- BLOCK III: 21 hours of electives –it is recommended students choose these hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which they plan to transfer.
- Within the AA/AS students must:
- Complete at least one cultural studies course, indicated by (CS) next to the course in the table below.
- Demonstrate computer/digital literacy skills, either through completing a course or passing a test.
- Complete a First Year Experience (FYE) as determined by their College (currently charged at full tuition rate if an FYE class is required).
General Education Core Courses
Below is a list of general education courses that are eligible for dual credit from each KCTCS institution, provided the institution offers the course as dual credit and there is a credentialed faculty member to teach it for dual credit at the college or high school. It is up to each KCTCS College to determine where and if the dual credit course is offered.
Individual KCTCS institutions may offer other general education courses for dual credit to meet specific local transfer agreements with partner regional universities. However, the courses below are “high priority” courses in BLOCK I as they are core courses that meet Kentucky’s General Education Transfer Policy.
|Core Requirement||AA Requirements||AS Requirements||
Dual Credit Course Offerings
Courses are 3 credit hours unless indicated after the
|Written Communications||6 credit hours||6 credit hours||
|Oral Communications||3 credit hours||3 credit hours||
Arts & Humanities
1 course each in Humanities and Heritage. (CS) denotes a class meeting the Cultural Studies requirement.
Note: most universities and all KCTCS Colleges will not accept more than one civilization/history course in this block. Any other courses taken will transfer as elective credits and reduce the available elective credits needed by the program of study.
|3 credit hours||3 credit hours||
|3 credit hours||3 credit hours||
One course must include a laboratory experience, indicated by (L) next to the course.
|3-6 credit hours||6 credit hours||
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
KCTCS has six QR pathways, each tailored to allow students to take the math that is relevant to their field of study (see table below for listing). Students, with an advisor, should choose from the QR pathway below that best fits their plans for their college education
|3-6 credit hours||6 credit hours||
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two disciplines must be represented and different from those in the Arts and Humanities category. (CS) denotes a class meeting the Cultural Studies requirement
|9 credit hours||6 credit hours||
|Subtotal General Education Core
|33 credit hours|
*Students are required to take a minimum of 3 credit hours of Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Sciences and 3 more credit hours in either one of those categories for a total of 6 for the AA track.
**Students may use REL 130 to satisfy only one of the Arts and Humanities OR Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements.
|QR Pathways||Entry Course|
|Education/College Algebra||MAT 150|
|Liberal Arts Mathematics||MAT 141|
|Technical||N/A for AA and AS|
Note that students in the 12th grade who assess/place into the option may take an English, Reading or Mathematics corequisite course with a supplemental course if offered by their KCTCS College. The supplemental course provides additional support for the corequisite course and will count as an elective when transferred to a four-year institution.
Additionally, a student may take any Foreign Language courses in a single language if it is offered as dual credit by the KCTCS institution. All foreign language courses are designated cultural studies courses.
General Education Courses Available for the Associate in Applied Science Degree Pathway
Students in an AAS pathway may need other general education courses specific to the technical program of study to earn the AAS degree. Students will be advised on these courses by their delivering KCTCS institution.
In effect March 1, 2019