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.

Our Vision and Mission


Enable students to reshape their outlook on learning to look beyond their areas of specializations towards the world outside develop holistically and be lifelong learners equip them with diverse skill sets and an appropriate mindset to navigate the complexities of their  professional and personal life


Provide an academic environment that

  • promotes intellectual skills
  • promotes research skills
  • fosters critical thinking
  • inculcates social competencies
  • develops transferable and generic skills
  • promotes knowledge of culture, science, and society

Department Contact

Department of General Education

Dr Aarati Mujumdar

Head of Department

Main Campus – Second Floor

  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Life and the Natural Sciences
  • 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.

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