Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) serves as the main provider of courses to meet the College-wide general education requirements, which are explained below.

General Education Requirements for Undergraduate Studies

All undergraduate students at the College must meet the general educational course requirements as they progress toward graduation. These requirements ensure that graduates of the College are familiar with subject matter from the major branches of human knowledge as well as different modes of inquiry within the humanities, quantitative studies, and the social sciences. The goal is to equip students with the skills and judgment essential to a lifelong pursuit of truth in an increasingly dynamic, pluralistic, and challenging world. In particular, we seek to inculcate in students not just analytical precision and the ability to question within one’s specialization but also an overall moral awareness and appreciation for the beauty and virtues embodied by traditional cultures.

General Education Learning Outcomes

FTC Middletown, guided by its mission, strives to provide its students with world-class artistic and professional training as well as a quality liberal arts education. The general education component of its undergraduate education seeks to assist the student’s development as a well-rounded person and complement the student’s academic, artistic and/or professional education.

The learning outcomes of Fei Tian’s General Education program are:

  • Knowledge to Inform Life, through:

    • Engaging with a variety of subjects, spanning civilization, culture, the natural and social sciences, as well as the arts
    • Studying timeless values from Western and Eastern literature, philosophy, and the arts and applying them to one’s own life
  • The Ability to Transform Thought into Action, through:

    • Engaging diverse audiences with appropriate oral, written, and visual modes of communication and rhetorical strategies in English
    • Identifying, evaluating, and utilizing information from a variety of sources in support of lifelong learning
    • Logically constructing and critiquing arguments with critical thinking as well as quantitative and scientific reasoning
    • Solving problems by integrating knowledge and skills
  • Capacity for Self-Improvement and Responsible Citizenship, through:

    • Self-reflection, ethical reasoning, and the ability to act responsibly and for the greater good
    • Understanding the importance of living a meaningful life, and meeting the needs of body, mind, and spirit

General Education Credit Requirements

FTC Middletown’s General Education requirements include 45 credits as presented below.

General Education Distributions 

Distribution Cr
 Humanities (History and Civilization)9
 Art & Aesthetics5
 Values and Ethics3
 Writing and Rhetoric9
 Quantitative Reasoning3
 Natural Sciences4
 Social Sciences3
 Foreign Language6
 Health and Wellness3

*Table 11.1B provides a list of courses that qualify for General Education. Often times these courses will also appear in a student’s major core requirements. In this case, the credits will count towards both the major requirement, and the GE requirement. Students should consult their advisor to ensure that their course selection and planning satisfy both major and GE requirements.

Available Courses for General Education

CodeCourse TitleCrLASPrerequisite
 Humanities (History and Civilization) (9 cr)   
HUM101Western Civilization3YNone1
HUM105World Civilization3YNone1
        Select one from the following (3 cr)   
HUM111Modern World History3YNone1
CLC131Topics in Chinese History3YNone
HUM125US Society and Government3YNone1
 Art & Aesthetics (5 cr), select two from the following   
ART141Introduction to Performing2NNone
DAN242History of Dance: East and West2YNone
MUS240GHistory of Music3YNone
LAS105Art and Aesthetics3YNone1
ARH101Art History I3YNone1
ARH102Art History II3YNone1
ARH111Visual Literacy2YNone
 Values and Ethics (3 cr)   
HUM130Philosophical Perspectives I1YNone1
HUM131Philosophical Perspectives II1YNone1
HUM231Philosophical Perspectives III1YHUM130 and HUM131
 Writing and Rhetoric (9 cr)   
ENG101English Composition I3YNone1
        Select one from the following (3 cr)   
ENG102English Composition II23YENG101
ENG205Writing for Media3YENG101
       Select one from the following (3 cr)   
ENG204Survey of Western Literature3YENG101
ENG104Public Speaking3YNone3
ENG221Debate and Argumentation3YENG101
 Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr), select one from the following  
MAT101Applied Math3YNone
MAT104Applied Calculus3YNone
STA101Principles of Probability & Statistics23YNone
 Or any STA or MAT courses   
 Natural Sciences (4 cr), select from the following  
PHY101General Physics I3YCo-requisite: PHY101L
PHY101LGeneral Physics I Lab1YCo-requisite: PHY101
CHM100Principles of Chemistry3YCo-requisite: CHM100L
CHM100LPrinciples of Chemistry Lab1YCo-requisite: CHM100
BSC100Principles of Biology3YCo-requisite: BSC100L
BSC100LPrinciples of Biology Lab1YCo-requisite: BSC100
 Or ART102A & ART102B, DAN232, or BSC, CHM, PHY courses   
 Social Sciences (3 cr), select one from the following   
ECO101Principles of Economics43YNone
BMS135Introduction to Psychology53YNone
LAS003College Success60NNone
 Foreign Language7 (6 cr)   
CLC305Chinese Language & Culture Studies I3YNone
CLC306Chinese Language & Culture Studies II3YNone
CLC205Chinese Language & Culture Studies I3YNone
CLC206Chinese Language & Culture Studies II3YNone
CLC105Chinese Language & Culture Studies I3YNone
CLC106Chinese Language & Culture Studies II3YNone
 Health and Wellness (3 cr), select one from the following  
BMS105Physical Fitness3NNone
LAS005Self-Cultivation Practice80NNone
BMS132Nutrition, Health and Wellness53YNone

1 Theses courses require either the student’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of SAT score is above 570 or the student passes FTCM’s English placement test unless the student receives consent from both his/her advisor and the course instructor.
2 Required for students who major in science including Biomedical Science and Data Science.
3 Non-native English speaker requires instructor’s consent to take this course.
4 Required for students who major in Data Science.
5 Required for students who major in Biomedical Science.
6 Required for freshmen students.
7 Currently, only Chinese is offered. Plans are made to offer Spanish, French, and other foreign languages. These are college-level courses, and students without any background will need to take remedial courses.

8 A Pass/Fail course required for full-time students each semester.