Chair: Joanne J. Noel, M., M.DIV., D. Min
Email: jnoel@pillar.eduapplynow
Phone: (973) 803-2004


Associate of Arts Degree in General Education

The General Education Program houses the common course offerings that all students are required to take. Courses in General Education ensure that each student receives a well-rounded, quality education comparable to that of those in other majors throughout the college. They include core foundational subjects, such as English, Math, History and Science. The curriculum is mandated by The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the college’s accrediting associations. As such, students in pursuit of an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree may be required to complete between 45 – 60 credits of General Education courses to qualify for their degree. There are a number of cases in which a student’s prior experience can result in the awarding of General Education (GE) credit. Some General Education courses can be transferred in from other colleges or acquired through our Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP. Additionally, in some cases, where permitted, a course in one discipline may be substituted for a course in the same discipline. As requirements for GE course completion may vary by school, students can check the Pillar College Catalog for the number of GE courses required by their degree program.

In order to ensure that our students are well-rounded and exposed to various fields of intellectual inquiry, the General Education Curriculum includes courses in nine disciplines:

  • Communication
  • Fine Arts 
  • Natural Sciences
  • English
  • Global Learning
  • Social Sciences
  • Math
  • History
  • Philosophy

Geared to producing intellectual, practical, creative, and spiritual growth in our students, the courses in the General Education Curriculum empower our students and contribute to their holistic advancement.  The GE curriculum comprises twelve learning goals:

Christian Maturity, Content Mastery, Integration of Faith and Knowledge, Global and Cultural Awareness, Oral, Written, and Media Communication, Skills, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Reasoning, Scientific and Quantitative, Literacy Information, Literacy Technological, Competence Collaboration.