General Education at Anoka Tech
General Education courses at Anoka Technical College help prepare students to be successful in their technical programs and deliver courses through the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) format.
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the format in which general education is accomplished within the public two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota. Completion of a defined MnTC course(s) at one institution enables a student to receive credit for lower-division general education MnTC credit upon admission to another Minnesota State colleges and universities and/or the University of Minnesota.
Anoka Technical College accepts MnTC courses from other Minnesota State colleges and universities and from the University of Minnesota, to be applied toward program major requirements.
MnTC Courses at Anoka Tech
To develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically. As a base, all students should complete introductory communication requirements early in their collegiate studies. MnTC completion requires three courses.
Students will be able to gather and use factual information to make logical assumptions, interpretations or connections. Critical thinking will be taught and used throughout the general education and technical curriculum to develop student’s awareness of their own thinking and problem-solving procedures. This goal can be met in one of the following three ways:
- by completion of one course;
- by completion of Goal 1 and a technical program
- by completion of the entire MnTC.
To improve students' understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e., the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena. By studying the problems that engage today's scientists, students learn to appreciate the importance of science in their lives and to understand the value of a scientific perspective.
MnTC Completion requires two courses of two different disciplines; at least one must be a lab course.
To increase students’ knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking. This will enable students to appreciate the breadth of applications of mathematics, evaluate arguments, and detect fallacious reasoning. MnTC completion requires one course that is at least three credits.
To expand students’ knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behavior, ideas and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities. MnTC completion requires two courses from two different disciplines.
To increase students’ understanding of individual and group differences (e.g., race, gender, class) and their knowledge of the traditions and values of various groups in the United States. Students should be able to evaluate the United States’ historical and contemporary responses to group differences. MnTC completion requires one course.
To increase students’ understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences. MnTC completion requires one course.
To develop students’ capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship. MnTC completion requires one course.
To improve students’ understanding of today’s complex environmental challenges. Students will examine the inter-relatedness of human society and the natural environment. Knowledge of both bio-physical principles and socio-cultural systems is the foundation for integrative and critical thinking about environmental issues. MnTC completion requires one course.