Chair: Joanne J. Noel, M., M.DIV., D. Min., M.A., M.DIV. D.MIN, ABD

Email: jnoel@pillar.eduapplynow
Phone: (973) 803-2004

Associates of Arts Degree in General Education

The General Education (GE) program houses the core curriculum for all matriculated students at Pillar College. The GE curriculum is mandated by The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and our accrediting associations. As such, students in pursuit of the New Jersey State High School Diploma, an Associate’s degree, or a Bachelor’s degree may be required to complete between 30-60 credits of General Education courses to qualify for their diploma/degree.

There are a number of cases in which a student’s prior experience can result in the awarding of the GE credit. Some GE courses can be transferred in from other colleges or acquired through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Additionally, where permitted, course substitutions are accepted.

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 the following disciplines: Communications; humanities; arts; natural sciences; social sciences, linguistics and science, and technology.

 Geared to producing intellectual, practical, creative, and spiritual growth in our students, the courses in the General Education Curriculum empower our students, contribute to their holistic advancement, and prepare them for success in various career contexts:

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

General Education Course Outline

In their first two years at Pillar College, students will be guided by their assigned advisors to register for the following courses:

First Year: Fall  

English Composition 101  – 3 credits
Computer Literacy 101 – 3 credits
College Foundation – 3 credits
Developmental English – (as needed)

First Year: Spring  

Principles of Public Speaking  – 3 credits
Contemporary Math – 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits
English Composition 102   –   3 credits
Developmental Math – (as needed)

Second Year: Fall  

Western Civilization I – 3 credits
Macroeconomics – 3 credits
Survey of Worldviews – 3 credits

Second Year: Spring  

World Literature I    – 3 credits
American Government  – 3 credits
Innovation and Creativity  – OR – World Language – 3 credits

Third Year or Fourth Year: Fall OR Spring                    

Environmental Science  – 3 credits
Writing Elective  – OR – Computer Literacy 102   – OR – World Language – 3 credits