General Education Course Requirements

Foundations for Lifelong Learning

ENGL 110: 3 s.h.  English Composition - Required course in general education. Introduces strategies of expository and argumentative writing and provides practice in standard written English. Individual instructors use print or nonprint media to achieve this goal. Evaluations based on competency, not on progress. Minimum grade of C- designates competency.

COMM 100/100H: 3 s.h.  Fundamentals of Speech - Required fundamentals course in general education. An introductory study of the principles of public speaking, with particular emphasis upon the selection and organization of information for persuasive purposes. Satisfies competency requirement.

MATH:  Any approved Math course that carries a G2 label.

Advanced Writing (AW): Specific advanced level writing classes including, English 311: Advanced Composition , English 312: Technical Writing, English 313: Journalism, and English 316: Business Writing.  This requirement may also be fulfilled by completing an approved senior thesis.

  • ENGL 311 Advanced Composition (AW) - Practice in expository, descriptive and argumentative writing through reviews, critical reports, essays and analyses. Prereq: ENGL 110 or equivalent, 60 s.h.
  • ENGL 312: 3 s.h.  Technical Writing (AW) - Writing of scientific and technical reports, manuals, technical articles and correspondence. Emphasis on data collection and analysis. Prereq: ENGL 110 or equivalent, 60 s.h.
  • ENGL 313: 3 s.h.  Fundamentals of Journalism (AW) - Journalistic writing with emphasis on news and feature writing for the print media. Includes course work in journalistic law and ethics. Offered in fall, spring. Prereq: ENGL 110 or equivalent, 60 s.h.
  • ENGL 316: 3 s.h.  Business Writing (AW) - Informative and persuasive writing in business and industry. Extensive practice in writing letters, memorandums, proposals and reports. Emphasis on business writing strategies and processes. Prereq: ENGL 110 or equivalent, 60 s.h.

Critical Thinking Across the Liberal Arts

G1 courses are the humanities and fine arts courses. In a G1 course you may analyze and interpret existing works of literature and the arts. You may learn a foreign language.  You may learn to think philosophically about other disciplines. G1 courses are selected from the following departments Art, Communications, English, Foreign Languages, Music, and Philosophy.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for G1 courses.

G2 courses are science and mathematics courses. In a G2 course you will engage in the scientific method, laboratory study, appropriate technology, and mathematics to investigate, evaluate, and apply scientific concepts and theories. In a G2 course you will learn how science is practiced and how scientific ideas are developed.  A G2L course is the required laboratory component where you may apply scientific concepts and practices. G2 courses are selected from the following departments:  Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, and Physics.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for G2 courses.

G3 courses are the social science courses. In a G3 course you will develop the necessary tools of critical thinking, inquiry, and diplomacy to participate effectively in our democracy and the increasingly complex global society. G3 courses are selected from the following programs:  African-American Studies, Anthropology, Business Administration, Economics, Geography, Government, History, International Studies, Latino Studies,  Occupational Safety & Environmental Health, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work/Gerontology, or Women’s Studies.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for G3 courses.

Connections and Exploration

First-Year Inquiry Courses (UNIV 103) are designed for and are only taken by new first-year students. The registrar will automatically place students in these courses. Any student who did not take a UNIV 103 course may take any other course to fill its place.

Perspectives (P) courses are those that integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines. A major function of these courses is to apply analytical and critical thinking abilities in resolving major social, cultural, scientific/technological, and/or aesthetic problems. They are interdisciplinary and/or multi-cultural in content and require a high level of educational maturity, knowledge, and thinking. Perspectives courses encourage undergraduate students to make independent and responsible value judgments and decisions.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for P courses.

WELL 175: 3 s.h.  Wellness: Concepts of Health and Fitness - This course offers a comprehensive discussion of the dimensions of wellness, including such topics as physical fitness, nutrition, psychological well-being, stress management, AIDS and STD prevention, addictive behaviors and chronic diseases. The course also includes useful and practical advice for adopting a wellness lifestyle that takes into account individual interests, goals and life situations.

Cultural Diversity and Community (D) courses focus on  “cultural diversity” as it refers to the differences among people in terms of beliefs, customs, values, politics, and experiences. In essence, culture is a worldview; it is both learned and evolved. A Cultural Diversity and Community course is more than a mere survey or exposure of the students to different cultures; rather it teaches students to think critically about the basis for intercultural differences.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for D courses.

Writing (W) courses are those that develop skills and habits of writing to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in print and/or new media environments.  These courses may be taken within the major or as an elective, but all students must complete three writing courses.  View the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for W courses.