General Education Curriculum

Where connections happen. The General Education Curriculum is at the center of the Marymount Manhattan academic experience.  While our students major in a wide variety of disciplines, their academic careers all have one thing in common: by the time they graduate from Marymount, each will have completed a broad sequence of courses founded on the liberal arts tradition that will challenge and inspire them to think and learn in ways beyond the boundaries of their chosen majors.

MMC’s General Education curriculum offers students the freedom to choose their own paths through the requirements while also opening up new intellectual horizons and connections. In this way, students learn to engage the larger questions of our world from different disciplinary and critical perspectives. At the same time, they will master a set of skills and competencies that will ensure their success throughout college and in any career they choose. 

MMC’s General Education Requirement has three components totaling 42 credits: 

1) Foundation Courses (9 credits)
2) Disciplinary Studies (15 credits)
3) Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives (18 credits)

Foundation Courses
Every Marymount Manhattan student completes fundamental skills courses in Writing and Mathematics and is expected to make progress toward achievement of the following learning goals: 

    • To communicate effectively as a reader, speaker, and writer;
    • to exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills;
    • to research, analyze, and synthesize information;
    • to apply quantitative reasoning skills.

Disciplinary Studies
By taking courses across the liberal arts disciplines, MMC students acquire a foundation of knowledge and skills that broadens their education beyond their chosen majors and prepares them for interdisciplinary study at the advanced level. Students choose one course in each of the following areas:

    • Studies in Creative Expression
    • Studies in Literature and Language
    • Studies in Natural Science and Mathematics
    • Studies in Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
    • Studies in Social Science, Business and History<>

Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives
As students advance to higher-level study in the General Education, they move from courses that are discipline-based to those that are organized around various interdisciplinary perspectives. This transition requires students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have already acquired as they hone their ability to think across and between disciplines.  (Students must have completed, or be in the process of completing, 45 credits to register for an AIP course.)

    • Cultural Perspectives
    • Ethical Perspectives  
    • International Perspectives  
    • Natural Science Perspectives
    • Racial and Ethnic Diversity Perspectives 


More details available in the Academic Catalogue.