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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of General Studies

Administration

Emily Heady, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean, College of General Studies
Director, Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)
Professor of English

Bruce Bell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of General Studies
Professor of Business and Communication

Wayne Patton, B.A., M.A.R., M.Div.
Associate Dean, General Education
Assistant Professor of Religion

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, College of General Studies
Professor of English

Monica J. Hardin, B.S.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of History


Cynthia Perry, B.A., M.S.
Chair, College of General Studies
Instructor of Mathematics

Kevin Rawls, B.S., M.A.R., M.B.A.
Chair, General Education
Instructor of Business

Mark Tinsley, B.S., M.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Th.M.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of General Education

Carolyn Towles, B.S., M.Ed.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of English


Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Professor
Adu-Gyamfi; Baggett, D.; Bell, B.; Curtis; Detwiler; Heady; Runion; Schmidt

Associate Professor
Alban, Jr., D.; Baggett, M. E.; Brown, J. M.; Ferdon; Metallo; Putney, N.; Sites; Smith, S.C.; Towles, M.; Van Voorhis; Veak

Assistant Professor
Bell, S.; Brigman; Brown; Cole; Davis, M.; Donald; Donovan, S.; Gaumer; Gibson; Grayson; Holt, A.; Olson; Patton; Pettit; Ritchie; Towles, C.; Traphagen

Instructor
Dow; Hamren; Holt, T.; Myers R.; Rawls, K.; Sloan

Lecturer
Coates; Hammersmith; Tweedy

DISTANCE EDUCATION - FULL-TIME
Professor
Detwiler

Assistant Professor
Arbo, M.; Aucoin; Babb; Bunker; Cargo; Dew; Dixon; Doran; Dunnagan; Francis; Franz; Hardin; Hill; Isaac, L.; Isaac, S.; Jackson, G.; King, F.; Kuykendall; Lane, A.; Lockhart; Lowes; Osborne; Roberts; Sandlin; Sansom; Schlabra; Seipp; Selitto; Smith, A. L.; Swygart; Turchin; Vena; Wilsey

Instructor
Alvis; Bailess; Bebernitz; Bowman; Brown, P.G.; Burgess; Conner, H.; Dolan; Donovan, T.; Cook, G.; Douglass; Downie; Dudley; Edgerton; Garber, C.; Garber, P.; Gibson; Givens; Harris, K.; Hassenpflug; Heppding; Hetrick; Hines; Hobson; Holbrook; Hollis; Horne; Kimbrough; Kyes; Laughlin; Love, R.; Ludington; Maxon; Monroy; Morgan, J.; Paul; Penner; Pensgard; Perry; Plomaritas; Powell, B.; Qualls; Rawls, D.; Rawls, S.; Rice, S.; Richey, B.; Robinson, C.; Robinson, K.; Roth; Skiver; Smith, K. S.; Taylor, L.; Tinsley; Toney; Zuidema, S.


PURPOSE
The College of General Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 to organize and deliver general education coursework to the University’s freshman- and sophomore-level students.  CGS offers courses in areas such as English, math, and natural and social sciences, and has a dedicated faculty who focus on delivering innovative and effective education to their students. 

GOALS
The College of General Studies’ goals include:

  • Enriching the freshman and sophomore experience in the classroom through a rigorous and coherent sequence of courses;
  • Increasing student success through programs such as freshman learning communities and pedagogical innovations; and
  • Supporting students’ learning with easy access to academic services. 

In addition, the College of General Studies spearheads University instruction and assessment efforts in relation to core competencies such as communication and critical thinking.


Information Technology

PURPOSE
Information Technology (INFT) is designed to assist students in developing and demonstrating foundational competency and proficiency in the program that will lead to success in their college course work and future careers.  All incoming residential students, both freshmen and transfer, have the option to take assessments in Information Literacy and Information Technology their first semester to determine basic competency.  The Information Technology assessment covers areas in Microsoft® Office:  Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, as well as file management and basic computer concepts.  The Information Literacy assessment covers research skills such as choosing a topic, types of resources, and citing. 

The competency requirements may be met by either passing the assessments or taking a course, INFT 110 (Computer Concepts and Applications).  In addition, students may complete a combination of assessments and coursework (INFT 102, 103, and/or 104), depending on which assessments the student complete successfully. Online students develop their technology skills by other varied means, and online students beginning at Liberty complete INFT 101 (Instructional Technology for Online Learning) to assure technological competency.

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General Education Requirements for Residential Programs

The College of General Studies oversees the majority of courses included in the University’s General Education Requirements, which were adopted in 1990 by the faculty of Liberty University for all baccalaureate degree students. The goal is to ensure that all undergraduate students receive breadth of learning, as well as to prepare students to fulfill the specific requirements of their individual college/school and major fields of study. An undergraduate curriculum of required basic General Education courses serves as a foundation for later specialization. 

CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS
Degree Completion Plans for residential students are organized according to core competencies, basic knowledge and skills that all students need for successful completion of their program of study.

The General Education Requirements for some majors may vary; however, the General Education Requirements for most majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in the residential degree programs are:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (59-63 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements
COMMUNICATION (6 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY (11-15 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 2-3
MATH (above 110) 3
NAT SCI 3
NAT SCI, MATH, or BUSI 201 3
Technology Competency 0-3
INFORMATION LITERACY (6 hrs)
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
HIEU 201 or 202 or HIUS 221 or 222 3
MATH (above 110) 3
CRITICAL THINKING (15 hrs)
ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216, 221, or 222 3
GOVT 200, PSYC 101 or 210, SOCI 200 or 201 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
HUMN 101, THEA 101, ARTS 105, or MUSC 103 AND 3
GEN ED ELECTIVE (non-language) 3
OR
LANG AND 3
LANG 3
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (21 hrs)
BIBL 205 Old Testament Life and Literature 3*
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIBL 210 New Testament Life and Literature 3*
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 2
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 2
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3
* Options available to Honors students
ALL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE LIST OF “APPROVED RESIDENTIAL GENERAL EDUCATION & INTEGRATIVE COURSES”

The General Education Requirements for majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts are:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (67-70 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY (8-12 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 2-3
MATH (above 110) 3
NAT SCI 3
Technology Competency 0-3
INFORMATION LITERACY (9 hrs)
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I 3
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II 3
CRITICAL THINKING (15 hrs)
ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216, 221, or 222 3
HUMN 101, THEA 101, ARTS 105, or MUSC 103 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (21 hrs)
BIBL 205 Old Testament Life and Literature 3*
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIBL 210 New Testament Life and Literature 3*
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 2
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 2
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3
LIBERAL ARTS FOCUS (18 hrs)
LANGUAGE Must be one language 12
INTEGRATIVE STUDIES 6
As part of the Core Competency requirements, students may select one course for Integrative Studies which contains the same prefix as courses within the major. Integrative courses may only be taken after the student has achieved 60 hours.

The General Education Requirements leading to the Associate of Arts in the residential degree programs are:

Associate of Arts (47-51 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements
COMMUNICATION (6 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY (8-12 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 2-3
MATH (above 110) 3
NAT SCI 3
Technology Competency 0-3
INFORMATION LITERACY (6 hrs)
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
HIEU 201 or 202 or HIUS 221 or 222 3
CRITICAL THINKING (12 hrs)
GOVT 200, PSYC 101 or 210, SOCI 200 or 201 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
HUMN 101, THEA 101, ARTS 105, or MUSC 103 AND 3
GEN ED ELECTIVE (non-language) 3
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (15 hrs)
Choose any two of the four 6
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey
THEO 201 Theology Survey I
THEO 202 Theology Survey II
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 2
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 2
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development 3
ALL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE LIST OF “APPROVED RESIDENTIAL GENERAL EDUCATION & INTEGRATIVE COURSES”

Approved General Education and Integrative Courses for Residential Programs

Mathematics, Science, and Technology
   MATH 115 Mathematics for Liberal Arts
   MATH 117 Elements of Mathematics
   MATH 121 College Algebra
   MATH 125 Finite Mathematics
   MATH 126 Elementary Calculus for Business and Science
   MATH 128 Elementary Functions and Coordinate Geometry
   MATH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
   MATH 132 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
   MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
   MATH 211 Introduction to Statistical Analysis
   MATH 217 Elementary Geometry
   MATH 227 Number Systems and Geometry
  ¹BIOL 101 Principles of Biology
  ¹BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology
   BIOL 103 Principles of Biology Lab
   BIOL 104 Principles of Human Biology Lab
  ¹BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology
¹·²BIOL 213 Human Anatomy/Physiology I
  ²BIOL 214 Human Anatomy/Physiology I Lab
¹·²BIOL 215 Human Anatomy/Physiology II
  ²BIOL 216 Human Anatomy/Physiology II Lab
  ¹BIOL 224 General Biology I
  ¹CHEM 107 Essentials of General/Organic Chemistry
  ¹CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
  ¹CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  ¹ENVR 215 Principles of Environmental Science
    ENVR 220 Physical Geology
    ENVR 221 Physical Geology Lab
   ¹PHSC 210 Elements of Earth Science
   ¹PHSC 211 Elements of Earth Science Lab
   ¹PHYS 101 Elements of Physics
   ¹PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab
   ¹PHYS 201 General Physics I
   ¹PHYS 202 General Physics II
   ¹PHYS 231 University Physics I
   ¹PHYS 232 University Physics II
     BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications
     CSCI 110 Computing Foundations and Ethics
     CSCI 111 Introduction to Programming
     CSCI 112 Advanced Programming
¹ Courses will fill the NAT SCI requirement
² BIOL 213, 214, 215, 216 must be taken to receive the Core Competency requirement credit for either course
General Education
   BUSI 223 Personal Finance
   ECON 110 Survey of Economics
   ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics
   ECON 214 Principles of Macroeconomics
   GEOG 200 Introduction to Geography
   HLTH 216 Personal Health
Information Literacy
   ENGL 102 Composition and Literature - OR
   MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship and Culture
   HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I
   HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization I
   HIUS 221 Survey of American History I
   HIUS 222 Survey of American History II
Biblical Worldview
   BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey
   BIBL 110 New Testament Survey
   BIBL 205 Old Testament Life and Literature
   BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I
   BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II
   EVAN 101 Evangelism and Christian Life
   GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement
   PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development
   THEO 201 Theology Survey I
   THEO 202 Theology Survey II
Communication
   COMS 101 Speech Communication
   ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric
Critical Thinking
   ARTS 105 Art Appreciation
   ENGL 201 American Literature I
   ENGL 202 American Literature II
   ENGL 215 English Literature I
   ENGL 216 English Literature II
   ENGL 221 World Literature I
   ENGL 222 World Literature II
   GLST 290 Cultural Anthropology
   GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
   GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science
   GOVT 220 American Government
   HUMN 101 Humanities in Western Culture
   Language Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish
(100/200 Level), or Sign Language - ASL
   MUSC 103 Music Appreciation
   MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
   MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750)
   MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750)
   MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship
   MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
   MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
   PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas
   PSYC 101 General Psychology
   PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
   SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology
   SOCI 201 Social Problems
   THEA 101 Theatre Appreciation


NOTE:  All courses except ENGL and Language qualify for the General Education elective.


INTEGRATIVE COURSES
Integrative courses are required for all Bachelor of Arts degrees.  The following courses are approved Integrative Courses.
   BWVW 301 Biblical Worldview Seminar
   CINE 340 Theology and Cinema
   COMS 464 Media Applications
   ENGL 405 Literature of the Bible
   ENGL 406 Literature of the Civil War
   ENGL 442 Musical Theatre
   ENGL 460 Christian Literature
   ENGL 462 Religious Issues in Dramatic Literature
   GEOG 410 Global Issues in Geography
   HIEU 366 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
   HLTH 400 Contemporary Health Issues
   HUMN 301 Film as Art
   INDS 499 Integration of Faith and Learning Through the Washington Semester Fellowship
   NASC 315 Environmental Science
   PHSC 310 Astronomy: An Integrated Approach
   SPAN 324 Christianity in Latin America
   THEO 324 Theology of Suffering and Disability
   THEO 340 Theology and Politics


This list of approved general education courses for residential programs is also published online at http://www.liberty.edu/gened.

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General Education Requirements for Online Programs

The General Education Requirements for some majors may vary; however, the General Education requirements for most majors leading to a Bachelor of Science and Associates of Arts in the Liberty University Online programs are:

Bachelor of Science (42-48 hrs) (Online)
Foundational Studies (18 hrs)*
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
Communications Elective 3**
Math Elective (MATH 115 or higher) 3**
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3
INFT 101 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 3
Investigative Studies (24-30 hrs)
Natural Science Elective 3**
History Elective 3**
Social Science Elective 3**
General Education Elective 3**
Humanities Elective 3**
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3
*The General Education Requirements for some majors may vary; however, the listed courses are General Education requirements for most majors leading to a Bachelor of Science in the Liberty University Online programs.
**Choose from the Approved General Education Course List at www.luonline.com/generaleducation
Associate of Arts (33-39 hrs) (Online)
Foundational Studies (18 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
Communications Elective 3
Math Elective (MATH 115 or higher) 3
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3*
INFT 101 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 3
Investigative Studies (15-21 hrs)
Natural Science Elective 3
History Elective 3
Social Science Electives 3
General Education Elective 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3*
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3*
*Requirements for the AA in Religion are: BIBL 105, BIBL 110, THEO 201, THEO 202 and EVAN 101

Approved General Education and Investigative Courses for Online Programs

The general education courses support the mission and philosophy of Liberty University. All associate and bachelor degree seeking students are required to complete the general education requirements.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are offered online. Courses without an asterisk have been approved to satisfy general education requirements through transfer or residency. Students should not take courses at another institution without written Transient Approval.

English Composition
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric *
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature*
Communications
COMS 101 Speech Communication*
COMS Any Communications (COMS) course including upper and lower level electives that meets the University's general education guidelines
ENGL 350 Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL 333 Modern Grammar
BUSI 300 Business Communication*
Computer
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications *
CSCI 111 Computer Science I
CSCI 112 Computer Science II
Mathematics
Any course equivalent to or higher than MATH 115*
MATH 121              College Algebra*
MATH 1XX, 2XX, 3XX or 4XX may be considered through the course substitution process.
Restrictions may apply when MATH 201* (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) is required in a particular major
Natural Science
Any lower or upper level natural science course which meets the University's general education guidelines and falls within the following disciplines of study (including electives).
BIOL 101 Principles of Biology*
BIOL 103 Principles of Biology Lab - NAT SCI Elective*
NASC Natural Science
PHSC Physical Science
PHSC 210 Earth Science - NAT SCI Elective*
PHSC 211 Earth Science Lab - NAT SCI Elective*
BIOL Biology
PHYS Physics
CHEM Chemistry
Fine Arts/Humanities
HUMN 101 Humanities in Western Culture*
HUMN Any Humanities course including upper or lower level electives
ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216*, 221, 222
MUSC 103 Music Appreciation
ARTS 105 Art Appreciation
THEA 101 Theatre Appreciation
ANTH 203 World Religions
PHIL Any Philosophy course including upper or lower level electives which meets the University's general education guidelines
SPAN, FREN, GREK, LANG, CSPA, CGRM, etc.
All Foreign and Modern Languages including upper or lower electives. Conversational languages are for use in Bachelor of Science degrees only.
History
HIEU 201 Western Civilization I*
HIUS 221 Survey of American History I*
HIEU, HIUS, HITW, HIST
Any lower or upper level course within a history discipline may satisfy the History requirement (including electives) that meets the University's general education guidelines.
Social Science
Any lower or upper level course, including electives, that meets the University's guidelines and falls within the following disciplines of study.  Restrictions may apply to some majors
SOCI Sociology including SOCI 200* or SOCI 201*
PSYC Psychology including: PSYC 101* or PSYC 210*
GOVT Government including: GOVT 200* or GOVT 220*
ECON Economics including: ECON 213 or ECON 214* or ECON 350*
GEOG Geography
ANTH Anthropology
ICST Intercultural Studies including ICST 200*
HIEU, HIUS, etc. History including: HIUS 221* or HIEU 201*
HLTH 216 Personal Health
HLTH 252  Drugs in Society*
Religion for Non-Religion Majors
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews*
BIBL 104 Introduction to Biblical Literature*
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought*
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy*
Religion for Religion Majors
EVAN 101 Evangelism*
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey*
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey*
THEO 201 Theology Survey I*
THEO 202 Theology Survey II*
CRST 290 History of Life*
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy*
General Education Elective
This elective may be fulfilled by approved courses within the Fine Arts/Humanities, Natural Science, Math, Computer, History, or Social Science disciplines. Restrictions may apply to some majors. General education electives must meet the University's general education guidelines.


This list of approved general education courses for online programs is published online at http://www.luonline.com /index.cfm?PID=17016.


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OUT OF STATE STUDENTS
In addition to Liberty University’s general education requirements, distance education students may also be required to fulfill additional requirements set by their home states.  Details by state will be added to the Degree Completion Plan.  Specific Degree Completion Plans for each state whose requirements differ are available from Liberty University Online Advising.

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