We expect New College graduates to have achieved a number of skills, ways of knowing and basic competencies.
At almost every college and university an undergraduate education includes, at the very least, a concentration or “major” field of study in which a student acquires in-depth knowledge of a rather focused academic area, and a program of general education through which the student achieves academic breadth and acquires important intellectual skills.
At New College, the focus of general education is the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC). We expect New College graduates to have achieved the following skills, ways of knowing, and basic competencies:
You and your sponsor will need to monitor your progress toward meeting these expectations as you negotiate each semester contract and as you make plans to complete the requirements of your chosen Area of Concentration.
The Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requires students to study a broad range of subjects, as well as diverse perspectives, and to demonstrate basic proficiency in mathematics and advanced proficiency in written and oral English language.
Keep the following steps in mind as you work with your faculty sponsor to plan to meet the goals of the Liberal Arts Curriculum, i.e., to enhance your ability to communicate, to think critically, and to understand and appreciate different ways of knowing.
1. Students must satisfactorily complete at least eight (8) Liberal Arts Curriculum courses, including:
Alternatively, you may satisfy all or part of this requirement through eligible transfer course credit or acceptable scores on AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP examinations to fulfill the LAC course requirements. The LAC course requirements may also be met if you have already completed the General Education Requirements at any Florida State University System or Florida College System institution, or completed an AA degree at a Florida State University System or Florida College System institution.
2. Demonstrate basic competence in mathematics. Satisfactory completion of a math course at New College or receiving appropriate transfer credit fulfills this requirement. You may also demonstrate math skills through acceptable scores on the SAT, ACT, or appropriate AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP exams.
3. Complete the senior thesis project and oral Baccalaureate Exam. Satisfactory performance on these final graduation requirements provides clear evidence that you have acquired proficiency in writing and oral communication.
The worksheet you can download here outlines the LAC requirements and methods for meeting them. You and your sponsor can use the checklist on the worksheet to track progress toward acquiring these abilities. The Office of the Registrar will also track your progress, and can provide you information on what requirements you may lack. You may also check in SES/Student Resources/LAC Requirements.
The Course Schedule issued each semester includes a listing of those courses designated by the faculty as LAC and Diversity courses during that year. A link to all current LAC and Diversity courses is provided here. (A complete list of all LAC courses that have ever been taught at New College is available in the Office of the Registrar.) You may complete any New College math course to meet math competency expectations.
Appropriate courses completed through other colleges (including dual enrollment college courses taken while enrolled in high school) may be used to satisfy the LAC and math competency requirements, so long as they are deemed eligible for transfer credit by the New College Registrar.
The Registrar will work with you to determine which courses completed at other institutions may be appropriate. Please note that a course that is eligible for transfer credit may be used to meet LAC requirements, or it may be awarded as part of a transferred contract of credit. (New College does not transfer individual courses, but equates these courses with the equivalent of contracts.
Students may transfer up to three contracts and an Independent Study Project from another institution, but may not transfer individual courses.) Students awarded the AA degree from any Florida State University System or Florida College System institution (including Florida public community colleges) are deemed to have fulfilled the LAC course requirements.
Satisfactory performance on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations may be used to meet LAC requirements including the math competency requirement. In the event that a student has taken two different exams on the same subject (i.e. IB and an AP or AICE and AP), credit for only one satisfactory score may be given toward the corresponding LAC requirement.
Advanced Placement (AP). College Board AP exams parallel the AP courses offered in high schools. AP exam scores of 3 or above on subject area exams listed below will satisfy corresponding LAC requirements.
International Baccalaureate (IB). The International Baccalaureate Organization Diploma Programme is a pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. Scores of 5 or above on IB higher level (HL) or standard level (SL) exams in subject areas listed below will satisfy corresponding LAC requirements.
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). AICE examinations may be offered during grades 11 and 12 in schools worldwide registered as CIE Centers, a nonprofit department of the University of Cambridge in England. AICE A-level and AS-level examination scores of E or higher in subject areas listed below will satisfy corresponding LAC requirements.
College Level Exam Program (CLEP). CLEP examinations are administered by the College Board, and cover material taught in courses that most students take in the first two years of college. CLEP scores of 500 or above on general examinations and 50 or above on subject area exams listed below will satisfy corresponding LAC requirements including the mathematics competency requirement.
Mathematics competency may be demonstrated by the following ways:
Advanced Placement (AP) exams (with scores of 3 and above)
Computer Science A
Computer Science AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Government and Politics: Comparative
Government and Politics: U.S.
Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics
Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio
Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio
Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) standard and higher-level exams (with scores of 5 or above)
Ecosystems and Society
Math and Computation
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) A-level and AS-level exams (with scores of E or above)
Art & Design
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams (with scores of 50 or above on computer-based exams)
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
History of the U.S. I
History of the U.S. II
Human Growth & Development
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Social Science and History
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
For a current list of LAC and Diversity courses offered, please see the course schedules listed here.
All LAC courses meeting the Divisional and disciplinary breadth requirements are indicated with an asterisk (*). These and all LAC Diversity courses are listed together in the Cross Reference folder.
If you have any questions about the Liberal Arts Curriculum that your faculty advisor cannot answer, please contact Brian Scholten, Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-487-4465.