What college courses are in the new GE curriculum?

Jee Y. Geronimo
What college courses are in the new GE curriculum?
What will be left of general education courses in college when the Commission on Higher Education starts reducing the GE curriculum to 36 units in 2018?


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum which has been criticized lately for removing Filipino subjects in the new general education (GE) curriculum starting 2018 is also introducing new courses.

Currently, the GE curriculum for the humanities and social science programs has 63 units, while the one for science, engineering, and math programs has 51 units. The CHED memo will reduce all programs to 36 units.

How will the new GE curriculum in college look like starting school year 2018-2019? Here are the new courses: 

  Understanding the Self 3
  Readings in Philippine History 3
  The Contemporary World 3
  Mathematics in the Modern World 3
  Purposive Communication 3
  Art Appreciation 3
  Science, Technology, and Society 3
  Ethics 3
  Life and Works of Rizal 3
  Mathematics, Science and Technology 3
  Social Sciences and Philosophy 3
  Arts and Humanities 3
TOTAL   36

Earlier, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan denied the Commission is “attacking” the national language. In fact, she said, higher education institutions have the discretion to use either English or Filipino to teach the new courses. (READ: CHED may require use of Filipino to teach some GE courses)

“It’s using the language – when you’re teaching psychology, when you’re teaching mathematics, when you’re teaching philosophy – that really, I think, develops the language, [and] not necessarily teaching grammar or literature specifically,” she earlier said. 

“Remedial courses” not only in Filipino, but also in English, Literature, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences will be devolved to senior high school – the additional two years added to basic education because of the K to 12 program.

Introductory courses to specific disciplines, such as General Psychology and Basic Economics, will also be removed. (READ: Filipino in college: What are you afraid of?)

The House of Representatives is set to investigate the “alarming” CHED memorandum once the second session of the 16th Congress resumes in July. (READ: House to probe new CHED memo– Rappler.com

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.