General Education Categories

The following are General Education categories for Henry Ford College degrees, not all categories are required for every degree. Many programs have required courses that fulfill these categories. However, some programs give students the choice to select courses from the below categories. Students should check their program of study prior to selecting any classes, and are encouraged to work with HFC's Academic Advisors or Counselors to craft an educational plan.

Category One: 1 course in English Composition

Choose 1 course from the following:

Category Two: 1 course in English Composition or Communications

Choose 1 course from the following:

Category Three: 1 course in Mathematics

Please note that one course is chosen from the following Mathematics list and groupings, including the College Algebra, Quantitative Literacy, and Statistics Tracks. One course from any of these areas will fulfill HFC's General Education Requirements. Choose 1 course from the following:

Quantitative Literacy Track:

Statistics Track:

Applies to MTA Credit Hours
MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics Yes 4

Category Four: 2 courses in Social Sciences

Choose 2 courses on Social Sciences from 2 different disciplines (subjects):
Applies to MTA Credit Hours
ANTH-131: Introduction to Anthropology Yes 3
ANTH-151: Cultures of North America Yes 3
ANTH-152: Middle Eastern Peoples and Cultures Yes 3
ANTH-153: Introduction to Archaeology Yes 3
ANTH-154: Food, Culture, and Economy Yes 3
BEC-151: Principles of Macroeconomics Yes 3
BEC-152: Principles of Microeconomics Yes 3
CRJ-126: Introduction to Homeland Security Yes 3
CRJ-131: Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Yes 3
CRJ-132: Police Administration – Staff and Line Operations Yes 3
CRJ-134: Criminal Investigation Yes 3
CRJ-135: Juvenile Justice Yes 3
CRJ-136: Introduction to Corrections Yes 3
CRJ-138: Probation and Parole Yes 3
CRJ-140: Identity Theft: Prevention and Awareness Yes 3
CRJ-141: Corrections Clients – Human Growth and Development Yes 3
CRJ-234: Criminalistics: Criminal Investigation Laboratory Techniques Yes 3
CRJ-251: Criminal Law Yes 4
CRJ-252: Criminal Procedure Yes 4
CRJ-253: Legal Issues in Corrections/Probation and Parole Yes 4
CRJ-285: Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Yes 3
CRJ-286: Topics in Corrections/Probation and Parole Yes 3
CRJ-291: Criminal Justice Internship 1 Yes 3
CRJ-292: Criminal Justice Internship 2 Yes 3
EDU-256: Educational Psychology Yes 3
EDU-296: Exceptional Child Yes 3
GEOG-131: Principles of Physical Geography Yes 4
GEOG-132: World Regional Geography Yes 3
GEOG-138: Geography of Michigan Yes 3
GEOG-221: Geography of the Middle East Co-requisites: GEOG-131 or GEOG-132 or GEOG-138 Yes 3
HIST-111: Ancient World History Yes 3
HIST-112: Medieval-Early Modern World History Yes 3
HIST-113: Modern World History Yes 3
HIST-151: American History I Yes 3
HIST-152: Modern American History Yes 3
HIST-222: History of Rome, 753 BCE-500 CE Yes 3
HIST-226: History of England to 1688 Yes 3
HIST-239: Colonial America Yes 3
HIST-243: African-American History Yes 3
HIST-248: Coming to the New World: American Ethnic and Immigration History from First Nations to the Present Yes 3
HIST-250: American Labor History Yes 3
HIST-252: History of Women in the United States Yes 3
HIST-254: History of Michigan Yes 3
HIST-256: Sea Power! A History of the U.S. Navy and American Maritime Heritage Yes 3
HIST-258: The Revolutionary War Era Yes 3
HIST-261: The Modern Middle East Yes 3
HIST-268: The History of Sports in America Yes 3
HIST-270: The American Civil War Yes 3
HIST-273: American Social History Since 1875 Yes 3
HIST-281: The Global Cold War, 1917-1991 Yes 3
HIST-283: The United States and the Cold War, 1917-1991 Yes 3
HIST-285: The United States and the Second World War Yes 3
HIST-286: The United States and the Vietnam War Yes 3
HIST-295: Directed Study Yes 1
HIST-296: Directed Study Yes 2
HIST-297: Directed Study Yes 3
PHIL-130: Introduction to Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-131: Introduction to Logic Yes 3
PHIL-133: History of Philosophy to the 18th Century Yes 3
PHIL-135: History of Modern Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-137: Topics in Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-138: Moral Issues in Biotechnology Yes 3
PHIL-139: Ethics Yes 3
PHIL-201: Eastern Philosophy Yes 3
POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement Yes 4
POLS-110: Introduction to Community Leadership Yes 3
POLS-111: Foundations of Community Leadership Yes 3
POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science Yes 3
POLS-135: American Legal Systems and Processes Yes 3
POLS-152: International Relations Yes 3
POLS-155: State and Local Government Yes 3
POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Yes 3
POLS-201: Public Policy: Topics and Analysis Yes 3
POLS-202: Foreign Policy: Topics and Analysis Yes 3
POLS-295: Community Leadership Internship Yes 3
PSY-131: Introductory Psychology Yes 3
PSY-152: Child Psychology Yes 3
PSY-161: Human Sexuality Yes 3
PSY-251: Abnormal Psychology Yes 3
PSY-253: Lifespan Development Yes 3
PSY-254: Social Psychology Yes 3
PSY-256: Educational Psychology Yes 3
PSY-257: Health Psychology Yes 3
PSY-260: Adolescent Psychology Yes 3
PSY-296: The Exceptional Child Yes 3
SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology Yes 3
SOC-132: Marriage and the Family Yes 3
SOC-151: Contemporary Social Problems Yes 3
SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society Yes 3
SOC-212: Leadership in Diverse Communities and Organizations Yes 3
SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society Yes 3
SOC-253: Sociology of Deviance Yes 3
SOC-254: Social Psychology Yes 3
SOC-295: Community Leadership Internship Yes 3
WR-130: Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion Yes 3
WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World Yes 3
WR-232: Western Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Yes 3
WR-233: Eastern Religions Yes 3
WR-234: Judaism Yes 3
WR-235: Christianity - The First 1000 Years Yes 3
WR-236: African American Religious Experience and Expression Yes 3
WR-237: Buddhism Yes 3
WR-238: Hinduism Yes 3
WR-239: Introduction to Daoism Yes 3
WR-240: Myths and Symbols: Deciphering the Messages of Sacred Traditions Yes 3
WR-241: Islam Yes 3
WR-242: Native American Religious Traditions Yes 3
WR-280: Topics in Religious Studies Yes 3

Category Five: 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts

Choose 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from 2 different disciplines (subjects), excluding studio and performance courses:
Applies to MTA Credit Hours
ARA-130: Pre-Elementary Arabic Yes 3
ARA-131: Elementary Arabic I Yes 4
ARA-132: Elementary Arabic II Yes 4
ARA-141: Elementary Arabic Conversation Yes 3
ARA-231: Second-Year Arabic III Yes 4
ARA-232: Second-Year Arabic IV Yes 4
ARA-290: Study Abroad in Arabic Language and Culture Yes 3
ARA-295: Directed Study in Arabic Yes 1
ARA-296: Directed Study in Arabic Yes 2
ARA-297: Directed Study in Arabic Yes 3
ART-107: Photoshop Yes 3
ART-108: Introduction to Animation Yes 3
ART-110: InDesign Yes 3
ART-119: Art Education for the Elementary Teacher Yes 3
ART-121: Art History Survey I (Pre-historic to Medieval) Yes 3
ART-122: Art History Survey II Yes 3
ART-123: History of Modern Art Yes 3
ART-130: History of Graphic Design Yes 3
ART-135: Art Appreciation Yes 3
ART-172: Color Theory Yes 3
ART-209: 3-D Animation Yes 3
ART-221: Medieval Art Yes 3
ART-224: Art of Islam Yes 3
ART-225: Asian Art: Art of India and Southeast Asia Yes 3
ART-226: African and Afro American Art Yes 3
ART-227: History of Arab Art and Architecture Yes 3
ART-290: Study Abroad in Art History Yes 3
ASL-131: Elementary American Sign Language I Yes 4
ASL-132: Elementary American Sign Language II Yes 4
ASL-135: Fingerspelling and Numbering Yes 2
ASL-141: Conversational American Sign Language Yes 3
ASL-231: Second-Year American Sign Language III Yes 4
ASL-232: Second-Year American Sign Language IV Yes 4
CHN-130: Pre-Elementary Mandarin Chinese Yes 4
CHN-131: Elementary Mandarin Chinese Yes 4
CHN-132: Elementary Mandarin Chinese II Yes 4
CHN-141: Elementary Chinese Conversation Yes 3
CHN-290: Study Abroad in Chinese Language and Culture Yes 3
CHN-295: Directed Study in Chinese Yes 1
CHN-296: Directed Study in Chinese Yes 2
CHN-297: Directed Study in Chinese Yes 3
ENG-139: Creative Writing Yes 3
ENG-231: Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama Yes 3
ENG-232: Introduction to the Short Story Yes 3
ENG-233: Introduction to the Novel Yes 3
ENG-234: Topics in Literature Yes 3
ENG-235: American Literature Before 1900 Yes 3
ENG-236: American Autobiography Yes 3
ENG-237: American Literature Since 1900 Yes 3
ENG-239: Reading in Modern American Poetry Yes 3
ENG-241: Shakespeare Yes 3
ENG-243: Women’s Lives in Literature Yes 3
ENG-245: The Bible as Literature Yes 3
ENG-246: Introduction to Children’s Literature Yes 3
ENG-248: African American Literature Yes 3
FRE-131: Elementary French I Yes 4
FRE-132: Elementary French II Yes 4
FRE-141: Elementary French Conversation Yes 3
FRE-231: Second-Year French III Yes 4
FRE-232: Second-Year French IV Yes 4
FRE-290: Study Abroad in French Language and Culture Yes 3
FRE-295: Directed Study in French Yes 1
FRE-296: Directed Study in French Yes 2
FRE-297: Directed Study in French Yes 3
GER-131: Elementary German I Yes 4
GER-132: Elementary German II Yes 4
GER-231: Second-Year German III Yes 4
GER-232: Second-Year German IV Yes 4
GER-290: Study Abroad in German Language and Culture Yes 3
GER-295: Directed Study in German Yes 1
GER-296: Directed Study in German Yes 2
GER-297: Directed Study in German Yes 3
HON-251: Great Works Yes 3
HUM-101: Introduction to the Humanities Yes 3
HUM-250: Visual and Performing Arts for Teachers Yes 3
INTR-180: Design and User Needs Yes 3
INTR-181: Principles of Design Yes 3
INTR-182: Interior Design Materials and Components Yes 3
INTR-280: History of Design - Antiquities to Present Yes 3
INTR-283: Lighting and Environmental Systems for Interiors Yes 3
ITAL-131: Elementary Italian I Yes 4
ITAL-132: Elementary Italian II Yes 4
ITAL-141: Elementary Italian Conversation Yes 3
ITAL-290: Study Abroad in Italian Language and Culture Yes 3
ITAL-296: Directed Study in Italian Yes 2
ITAL-297: Directed Study in Italian Yes 3
JOUR-131: News Writing Yes 3
MUS-130: Music Appreciation Yes 3
MUS-132: Music Literature Yes 3
MUS-133: History of Rock and Roll Yes 3
MUS-134: Music Fundamentals Yes 3
MUS-138: Music Theory 1 Yes 3
MUS-139: Music Theory 2 Yes 3
MUS-141: Aural Music Skills 1 Yes 2
MUS-142: Aural Music Skills 2 Yes 2
MUS-232: History of Western Music 1 Yes 3
MUS-233: History of Western Music 2 Yes 3
MUS-238: Music Theory 3 Yes 3
PHIL-130: Introduction to Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-131: Introduction to Logic Yes 3
PHIL-133: History of Philosophy to the 18th Century Yes 3
PHIL-135: History of Modern Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-137: Topics in Philosophy Yes 3
PHIL-138: Moral Issues in Biotechnology Yes 3
PHIL-139: Ethics Yes 3
PHIL-201: Eastern Philosophy Yes 3
SPC-131: Fundamentals of Speaking Yes 3
SPN-131: Elementary Spanish I Yes 4
SPN-132: Elementary Spanish II Yes 4
SPN-141: Elementary Spanish Conversation Yes 3
SPN-231: Second-Year Spanish III Yes 4
SPN-232: Second-Year Spanish IV Yes 4
SPN-290: Study Abroad in Spanish Language and Culture Yes 3
SPN-295: Directed Study in Spanish Yes 1
SPN-296: Directed Study in Spanish Yes 2
SPN-297: Directed Study in Spanish Yes 3
TCM-131: Introduction to Telecommunication Yes 3
TCM-132: Film History and Criticism Yes 3
TCM-241: Media Writing Yes 3
THEA-131: Theatre Appreciation Yes 3
THEA-135: Introduction to Stage Makeup Yes 3
THEA-138: Stage Costuming Yes 3
THEA-238: Theatre History Yes 3
VTL-235: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Yes 3
VTL-262: Introduction to Motion Capture Yes 3
VTL-263: Intermediate Motion Capture Yes 3
VTL-264: Advanced Motion Capture Application Yes 3
VTL-266: Green Screen Visual Effects for Stage and Screen Yes 3
VTL-267: Stereoscopic Cinematography for Stage and Screen Yes 3
WR-130: Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion Yes 3
WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World Yes 3
WR-232: Western Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Yes 3
WR-233: Eastern Religions Yes 3
WR-234: Judaism Yes 3
WR-235: Christianity - The First 1000 Years Yes 3
WR-236: African American Religious Experience and Expression Yes 3
WR-237: Buddhism Yes 3
WR-238: Hinduism Yes 3
WR-239: Introduction to Daoism Yes 3
WR-240: Myths and Symbols: Deciphering the Messages of Sacred Traditions Yes 3
WR-241: Islam Yes 3
WR-242: Native American Religious Traditions Yes 3
WR-280: Topics in Religious Studies Yes 3

Category Six: 2 courses in Natural Sciences

Complete 2 courses in Natural Sciences, including one with laboratory experience, from 2 different disciplines (subjects). Choose 1 course from Area 1:
Applies to MTA Credit Hours
ASTR-131: Descriptive Astronomy Yes 3
ASTR-133: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Co-requisites: ASTR-131 Yes 1
ASTR-231: General Astronomy Yes 3
ATMS-131: Weather and Climate Yes 3
BIO-130: Evolution and Behavior Yes 4
BIO-131: Introduction to Biology Yes 4
BIO-134: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Yes 5
BIO-135: Microbiology for the Allied Health Sciences Yes 4
BIO-138: Environmental Science Lecture Yes 3
BIO-139: Environmental Science Laboratory Yes 2
BIO-143: Zoology Yes 4
BIO-150: Biology: Organisms, Genes, and Ecology Yes 4
BIO-152: Cells and Molecular Biology Yes 4
BIO-233: Anatomy and Physiology I Yes 4
BIO-234: Anatomy and Physiology II Yes 4
BIO-251: Microbiology Yes 5
BIO-261: Nucleic Acids Yes 5
BIO-262: Proteins Yes 5
BIO-263: Biotechnology Internship Yes 1
CHEM-111: Chemical Skills for Pre-Professional Programs Yes 4
CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry Yes 4
CHEM-132: Principles of Organic and Biological Chemistry Yes 4
CHEM-141: Principles of General and Inorganic Chemistry I Yes 5
CHEM-142: Principles of General and Inorganic Chemistry II Yes 5
CHEM-151: Chemical Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques Yes 3
CHEM-241: Organic Chemistry I Yes 4
CHEM-242: Organic Chemistry II Yes 4
CHEM-243: Microscale Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Co-requisites: CHEM-241 can be a co-requisite with Instructor Permission Yes 2
CHEM-244: Microscale Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Yes 2
ENGR-101: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Yes 3
ENGR-102: Principles of Engineering (POE) Yes 3
ENGR-103: Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Yes 3
ENGR-104: Digital Electronics (DE) Yes 3
ENGR-106: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Yes 3
ENGR-107: Aerospace Engineering Yes 3
ENGR-108: Engineering Design and Development Yes 3
ENGR-130: Introduction to Engineering Yes 3
ENGR-201: Science of Materials Co-requisites: Recommended: PHYS-231 and MATH-183 Yes 3
ENGR-232: Statics Yes 3
ENGR-233: Dynamics Yes 3
GEOL-131: Physical Geology Yes 4
PHYS-120: Technical Physics I Yes 4
PHYS-121: Technical Physics II Yes 4
PHYS-131: General Physics I Yes 4
PHYS-132: General Physics II Yes 4
PHYS-133: Principles of Physics Yes 4
PHYS-231: Engineering Physics I Yes 5
PHYS-232: Engineering Physics II Yes 5
PSCI-131: Introduction to Physical Science Yes 4
PSCI-133: Atomic Science Yes 2
PSCI-135: Sound & Light in Fine-Arts Yes 4
SCI-131: Revolutions in Science Yes 3
SCI-160: Science Laboratory Workplace Skills Yes 3
SCI-210: Introduction to Science for Elementary Educators Yes 4
SCI-212: Earth Science for Educators Yes 4
SCI-213: Learning by Inquiry: Life Science Yes 4
SCI-292: Study Abroad in Natural Sciences Yes 1

Choose 1 Laboratory course from Area 2:

Category Seven: General Education

Some programs require additional general education credits, such as "Complete additional courses from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list, if needed, to reach 30 total credits." These courses are representative from course options listed in category 1 through category 6. Students should work with an Academic Advisor before selecting additional general education or MTA courses.

Computer Technology

Students will demonstrate skills for computer technology, including Internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments. HFC courses that fulfill this requirement: