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General Education Core

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All students take the General Education Core. This curriculum will prepare you with the broad, foundational liberal arts education essential to any career. You’ll learn about the major elements of human existence and gain an appreciation of the different academic disciplines that study humanity.

The General Education Core will prepare you to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Relate the present to the past through an understanding of the historical process
  • Demonstrate expanded perceptions of life with refined aesthetic sensibilities
  • Develop and maintain a practical wellness model for living
  • Utilize a systematic approach to examine nature and solve quantitative problems
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to problem solving in a disciplined and imaginative way
  • Observe and interpret human behavior within the milieu of social and cultural diversity
  • Acquire foundational knowledge of Bible content and develop a basic research methodology for biblical research
  • Integrate his or her faith in God with the information learned
  • Understand that all truth is God’s truth

Courses

Here are some of the courses you can take in the General Education Core. Be sure to check the catalog for official course listings.

Communication Arts

  • Public Speaking
  • Advanced Presentation and Persuasion

Fine Arts

  • Art Appreciation I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
  • Music Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Art Appreciation: Film
  • Introduction to Theatre

Global Awareness

  • Global Perspectives

Historical Perspective

  • Western Civilization I–Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (to 1450)
  • Western Civilization II–From 1450 to the Present
  • American History I: Colonial Period–Civil War
  • American History II: Reconstruction–Present
  • World History
  • Church History I: Early Church to Reformation
  • Church History II: Reformation to Present
  • Modern British History
  • Topics in History

English

  • Rhetoric & Research
  • Honors Rhetoric & Research
  • Any English Elective

Math

  • Liberal Arts Math
  • College Algebra I
  • College Algebra II & Trigonometry
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II

Science

  • Biology
  • Physical Science by Inquiry
  • Physical Science

Social Relations

  • General Psychology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)

Critical Thought

  • Any Critical Thought elective

Ministry Service Learning

All vocational ministry majors are required to fulfill four semesters of ministry involvement before graduation.

  • Church Ministry Practicum I
  • Church Ministry Practicum II
  • Church Ministry Practicum III
  • Church Ministry Practicum IV

This involvement can occur in the local church. Approval of ministry involvement assignments must be made by the Ministry and Volunteer Coordinator prior to the semester in order for credit to be received.