Department of General Education


The Department of General Education (GE) is crucial to MCBS as it acts as the bridge between the Foundation Program offered by the CEAP and the Major Programs offered by the Business, Computer, and the Math Departments.  Students pursuing their Bachelor and Associate degrees have to take nearly 30% of their credits through these courses to acquire the University degree as required by the American affiliates of the College. The Department offers breadth of knowledge and skills to the students through interdisciplinary courses in Communication, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.  

The syllabi of all courses are up to date with new trends in each discipline, new methodologies adopted in teaching and the formative assessments ensure that the learning outcomes of the courses are met with. Essentially, these courses stimulate innovative ideas and develop communicative competence that enrich students by helping them to acquire the necessary skills to be able to adapt and be productive citizens in this constantly evolving and changing world.

These courses reshape their outlook on learning and enable them to look at the world through an transdisciplinary lens. It inculcates in them a spirit of enquiry, helps them to develop the ability to reflect and learn from one’s own experiences, thus enabling them to believe in themselves, to be able to navigate the complexities of the 21st century labour market.   

  1. Communications
  2. Humanities
  3. Social Sciences
  4. Life and the Natural Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies

To acquire an Associate degree or a Bachelor’s degree from MCBS, students have to take 30% -60% of the courses offered by the department of General Education. All courses are either Required or Elective depending on the degree audit of the students. The pass grade for the Required courses is C- while for the Electives is D. The courses are categorised into Communication, Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural and Interdisciplinary Sciences.

The Department of General Education does not offer programs, however all the active courses offered by the department are listed below under four heads.

Discipline Course Code Course Name
Communicating Skills
  ENG 101 English Composition 1
  ENG 102 English Composition 2
  ENG 212 Business Writing
  ENG 213 Technical Writing
  ENG 214 Business Writing (Commercial Law)
Natural Sciences  
  BIO 100 General Biology
  PHY 1 How Things Work
Social Sciences  
  ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics
  ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  EDU 132 Personal Health
  ENT 201 Entrepreneurship - Creativity and Innovation
  POLSCI 140 Public Administration
  POLSCI 180 International Relations
  POLSCI 1820 Global Issues
  PSYCH 003 Introduction to Psychology
  PSYCH 160 Social Psychology
  SOC 10 Introduction to Sociology
  SOC 120 Social Issues
  SOC 140 Critical Thinking
  SOC 1311 Social Change
  ARA 100 Elementary Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers
  ARA 110 Arabic for Native speakers
  COM  030 Interpersonal Communication
  COM  040 Intercultural Communication
  ENG 105 Introduction to Public Speaking
  ENG 106 Introduction to Public Speaking (Commercial Law)
  ENG 112 Topics in Writing
  ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
  ENG 140 World Literature
  ENG 220 Introduction to Literary Studies
  ENG 250 Critical Reading
  HIST 100 History of Islamic Science
  HIST 250 Islam in the modern World
  PHIL 154 Business Ethics
  PHIL 160 Formal Logic
  PHIL 258 Computers and Ethics
  TRAN 200 Topics in Translation