Rolfing Library bookcases from above

General Education Requirements

The College has established a general education program that engages students in many different fields of learning. Education majors should see alternate general education requirements located in the ―Division of Education ‖ section of the catalog.

Purpose

The purpose of the general education program is to introduce students to the breadth of liberal arts learning, and to provide the foundations (biblical, conceptual, and contextual) for all subsequent education, and for learning across the lifespan. Specifically, we intend that by the time of graduation the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a Christian world-and-life view
  2. Think critically, reason clearly, and communicate effectively
  3. Utilize quantitative and analytical skills
  4. Employ moral reasoning and judgment as an outgrowth of personal faith and commitment
  5. Interpret the biblical themes of creation, fall, and redemption—in particular as they relate to the arts and humanities
  6. Respond thoughtfully, redemptively, and empathically to social changes
  7. View current issues in their global and historical contexts and in relation to social, cultural, and natural constructs
  8. Respect diverse religions and cultures, engaging others with sensitivity and discernment
  9. Live healthfully and pursue wellness
CourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (47-60 hours)
Foundations of Christian Thinking and Living (goals 1, 4, 5) – 13 hrs
IDS 150 Foundations of Christian Thinking and Living 3 hrs
IDS 499X Integrative Thought Capstone 1 hr
BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament 3 hrs
BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hrs
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hrs
Foundations of Life Long Learning (goals 2, 3, 5) – 19-24 hrs
Communication Skills (3 hrs)
ENG 111 Critical Thinking and Writing* 3 hrs
Arts and Humanities (9 hrs)
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
Choose one of the following (3 hrs)
ENG 220 Studies in Poetry 3 hrs
ENG 222 Studies in Fiction 3 hrs
ENG 224 Studies in Drama 3 hrs
Choose one of the following (3 hrs)
ART 231 Art Appreciation 3 hrs
ART 233X Comparative Arts 3 hrs
IDS 301/302 The Western Cultural Heritage I/II (6)† 3 hrs
MUH 111 Introduction to Music History and Literature 3 hrs
MUH 231 Music Appreciation 3 hrs
Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning (7-12 hrs)
Choose one of the following (4 hrs):
BIO 103 Introductory Biology 4 hrs
BIO 105S Environmental Biology 4 hrs
BIO 111 General Biology 4 hrs
BIO 112 Biology: The Plant and Animal Kingdoms 4 hrs
BIO 140 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology 4 hrs
Choose one of the following (3-6 hours):
CH 101 Contemporary Chemistry 4 hrs
CH 103 Introduction to Chemistry 4 hrs
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4 hrs
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4 hrs
HPW 351X Biomechanics – and –
HPW 454X Measurement, Research, Statistics & Technology 6 hrs
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hrs
PHY 112 General Physics II 4 hrs
PS 101 Earth Science 4 hrs
PS 110 Introduction to the Physical World 3 hrs
(Note: The following Requirement is waived for students who have earned an ACT Math subscore of 25 of higher or its equivalent.)
Students who have earned an ACT Math subscore between 17 and 24 (inclusive)‡
Choose one of the following (3-4 hrs):
MA 117 Mathematics in the Modern World 3 hrs
MA 118 Finite Mathematics 4 hrs
MA 120 College Algebra and Trigonometry 4 hrs
MA 121 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4 hrs
MA 285X Statistics 4 hrs
Notes regarding Foundations of Life Long Learning Requirements:
* Students whose ACT English subscore is lower than 19 (or whose SAT English subscore is lower than 450) need to take PCS 105 Critical Reading and Writing for College (2 hours) as a prerequisite to ENG 111.
† 3 credits apply here and 3 may be used in the Historical and Cultural Contexts category under Foundations of Cultural and Global Perspective.
‡ Students whose ACT Math subscore is lower than 17 (or whose SAT Math subscore is lower than 400) and/or who haven’t successfully completed a high school Algebra II course need to take MA 116 Intermediate Algebra (3 hours) as a prerequisite to the courses listed.
Foundations of Cultural and Global Perspectives (goals 5, 6, 7, 8) – 9-17 hrs
Historical and Cultural Contexts (3 hrs)
Choose one of the following (3 hrs):
HI 201 World Civilization I 3 hrs
HI 202 World Civilization II 3 hrs
IDS 301/302 The Western Cultural Heritage I/II (6)* 3 hrs
Economic, Social, and Political Structures (3 hrs)
Choose one of the following (3 hrs):
BUS 103 Contemporary Economics 3 hrs
BUS 208 Macroeconomics 3 hrs
GEO 100 World Geography 3 hrs
POL 111 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs
POL 250 American Government 3 hrs
POL 361 International Relations 3 hrs
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hrs
SOC 222 Social Problems 3 hrs
Approved cross-cultural experience (limit of 3 credits in this category) (1-3 hrs)
Religious and Ethnic Diversity (3 hrs)
Choose one of the following (3 hrs):
BRS 334 Survey of New Religious Movements 3 hrs
BRS 335 Survey of World Religions 3 hrs
COM 330 Intercultural Communication 3 hrs
MUH 211 Survey of World Music 3 hrs
SOC 330 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 hrs
Approved cross-cultural experience (limit of 3 credits in this category) (1-3 hrs)
Foreign Language Competency: determined by test for placement or waiver, or two years of high school study with grades of C or better. (0-8 hrs)
Foundations of Personal Growth, Health, and Wellness (goals 4, 9) – 6 hrs
Choose one of the following (3 hrs)
HPW 180 Introduction to Health and Wellness 3 hrs
HPW 190 Foundations of Human Performance and Wellness 3 hrs
HPW 202X Nutrition 3 hrs
Choose one of the following (3 hrs)
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 210 Life Planning 3 hrs
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 240 Human Sexuality 3 hrs
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction 3 hrs
PSY 260X Educational Psychology (Education majors only) 3 hrs