Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

College of General Studies

Administration

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., D.Min.
Associate Dean, College of General Studies
Associate Professor of Religion

Mark A. Tinsley, B.S., M.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Th.M., M.F.A., D.Min.
Associate Dean, College of General Studies
Associate Professor of Earth Science

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

Cynthia Bunker, B.S., D.V.M.
Chair, College of General Studies
Professor of Biology

Brad Burgess, B.S., A.A.S., M.B.A., M.A.R.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of Religion

Jamaica Conner, B.S., M.Ed.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of English

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

Amy Hassenpflug, B.A., M.Ed.
Chair, College of General Studies
Assistant Professor of General Studies

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

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


Faculty

The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department and faculty type, is available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=26.


PURPOSE
The College of General Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 to organize and deliver general education coursework to the University’s first- and second-year students.  CGS offers courses in areas such as English, technology, humanities/fine arts, natural science, mathematics, and social/behavioral 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:

  1. Enriching the freshman and sophomore experience in the classroom through a rigorous and coherent sequence of courses;
  2. Increasing student success through programs such as freshman learning communities and pedagogical innovations; and
  3. 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.

CENTER FOR CULTURAL STUDIES
Founded in Fall 2015, the Center for Cultural Studies, housed in the College of General Studies, offers coursework, lectures, and community events relating to the study of culture in its many forms.  Topics discussed include pop culture, race relations, technology, film, and current events. For more information, contact the College of General Studies.

General Education Guidelines
The general education component is tailored to the individual degree program by drawing from the University’s approved general education course options. The institution requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that:

  1. is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree;
  2. ensures breadth of knowledge; and
  3. is based on a coherent rationale.

For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent.  For baccalaureate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours must include at least one course from each of the following areas.

  1. humanities/fine arts (HFA);
  2. social/behavioral sciences (SBS); and
  3. natural science/mathematics (NSM).

A complete listing of approved courses is displayed in the “Approved Residential General Education and Integrative Courses” and the “Approved General Education Courses for Online Programs” sections. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. The institution provides a written justification and rationale for course equivalency.

Rules/Principles for Approval of General Education Courses

  1. Required General Education courses must be general;
  1. General education courses must be open to students of all majors, without heavy loads of prerequisite requirements
  2. Courses must not be reducible to a narrow or focused skill (e.g. guitar lessons cannot substitute for Music Appreciation)
  3. Courses must contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs/careers
  1. General Education courses contribute to the University's plan to ensure that students satisfy certain Core Competencies.
  2. In the event that a 300- or 400- level course is required to fulfill a requirement as a general education course, it must not be considered part of any major/program requirements (directed electives are acceptable, however).

Information Technology

PURPOSE
Information Technology (INFT) is designed to assist students in developing and demonstrating foundational technology competency and proficiency that will lead to success in their college program coursework and future careers.  All incoming residential students, both freshmen and transfer, have the option to take an assessment in Information Technology their first semester to determine basic competency.  The Information Technology assessment covers areas in computer concepts, including file management, email, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

The competency requirements may be met by either passing the assessments or taking a course, INFT 110 (Computer Concepts and Applications) or INFT 111 (Computer Concepts and Applications – MAC only).  In addition, students may complete a combination of assessments and coursework (INFT 102, 103, and/or 104) to fulfill the competency requirements. Online students develop their technology skills by other varied means, and online students beginning at Liberty complete UNIV 104 (Instructional Technology for Online Learning) to assure technological competency.


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 COMPETENCIES, DEFINITIONS, AND OUTCOMES

Communication: The ability to elicit, synthesize, and respond clearly to quality information in an effective, correct, and appropriate format.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce well-structured, sound communications in various modes of discourse.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics to sentence and essay revision and editing.
  3. Write a critical analysis of a literary, historical, and / or rhetorical work.
  4. Integrate credible sources accurately and effectively.
  5. Deliver effective public oral presentations using situationally appropriate verbal and non-verbal messages.

Information comes from a variety of textual, visual, and other forms of media. In the following definition, the term 'information' refers to the source as well as the content.

Information Literacy:
The ability to:

  • Recognize the need for information
  • Strategically discover and organize information
  • Use established criteria* to critique information and its sources
  • Responsibly contribute to the conversation surrounding information

*Established criteria are reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, contextualization, and point of view or bias.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Determine the nature and extent of information needed.
  2. Discover and evaluate information.
  3. Access and use information legally and ethically.
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Critical Thinking: The process of evaluating information gained through observation, reflection, or research, to reach logical conclusions and to guide decision- making.

 Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate information to determine if it is supported by the evidence.
  2. Determine the relevance of information in evaluating an argument or conclusion
  3. Recognize flaws and logical inconsistencies in an argument.
  4. Generate conclusions based on credible research, analysis, and interpretation.
  5. Apply reading comprehension strategies including interpreting, evaluating and analyzing written content.

Math, Science, and Technology: The reasoning, quantitative, and technology proficiencies necessary for general life skills and application to a wide variety of disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve problems (including word problems) utilizing arithmetic concepts and algebraic equations.
  2. Interpret information presented in various graphs and diagrams.
  3. Solve problems requiring insight or logical reasoning.
  4. Demonstrate basic competency in operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and presentation software.
  5. Distinguish between scientific data and scientific interpretation.
  6. Distinguish between empirical and historical science.
  7. Recognize the usefulness and limitations of the scientific method.

Christian Life & Thought: The biblical worldview is a coherent way of understanding God, humanity, and the world; it derives its principles from the Bible and applies them in order to direct belief and action.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define worldview as a concept
  2. Identify the components of a biblical worldview
  3. Know the difference between a biblical and non-biblical worldview.
  4. Apply a biblical perspective to topics such as the natural world, human identity and relationships, and culture and civilization.
  5. Practice his or her chosen major/program of study in a manner consistent with a Biblical/Christian worldview.

DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH
ENGL 100 (Basic Composition) is a developmental English course designed to help students improve their writing skills by studying correct usage of grammar and mechanics, organizing their thoughts for written assignments, and composing organized paragraphs and essays through the writing process.  ENGL 100 is a review of writing concepts established at the secondary level, such as a study of the basic modes of writing, grammar/mechanics, organizing techniques, and correct usage, providing essential tools of writing to students who do not have prerequisite English skills for college-level English.

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.) (58-65 hrs)
General Education Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6-9 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Choose one of the following: 3-6
COMS 101 Speech Communication
ENGR 270 Technical Communication
OR
SCOM 110 Media and Culture
AND
SCOM 226 Interpersonal and Group Communication
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (9-12 hrs)
MATH (above 115) 3
NAT SCI Elective 3
NAT SCI, MATH, BUSI 201 3
Technology Competency
INFT 102 PowerPoint 0-1
INFT 103 Excel 0-1
INFT 104 Word 0-1
INFORMATION LITERACY (6 hrs)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture
ARTS 209 Art as Communication
Choose one of the following courses: 3
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II
HIUS 221 Survey of American History I
HIUS 222 Survey of American History II
HIUS 223 Survey of American History I On Site
CRITICAL THINKING (15 hrs)
Choose one: ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216, 221, 222, MUSC 213, 314, 371, ARTS 205, 214 3
Choose one: GOVT 200, PSYC 101, 210, SOCI 200, 201 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
Choose one of the following:
Cultural Studies/Fine Arts & General Education Elective Option
Choose one: CSTU 101, 102, THEA 101, ARTS 105, CINE 101, MUSC 103, 311, 312, 313 3
Gen Ed Elective (non-language) 1 3
Language Option
LANG Elective 2 6
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (22-23 hrs)
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey  3 3
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 4 3
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 1
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 1
CRST 290 History of Life 2-3
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
UNIV 101 University Core Competencies 5 1
NOTE: ALL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE LIST OF “APPROVED RESIDENTIAL GENERAL EDUCATION & INTEGRATIVE COURSES.” (www.liberty.edu/gened)

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

Must be the same language

Honor students have the option to take: BIBL 205 - Old Testament Life and Literature to meet this requirement.

Honor students have the option to take: BIBL 210 - New Testament Life and Literature to meet this requirement.

"Requirement is waived for students transferring in 60 or more hours."


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

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (70-77 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6-9 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Choose one of the following: 3-6
COMS 101 Speech Communication
ENGR 270 Technical Communication
OR
SCOM 110 Media and Culture
AND
SCOM 226 Interpersonal and Group Communication
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY (6-9 hrs)
MATH (above 110) 3
NAT SCI 3
Technology Competency
INFT 102 PowerPoint 0-1
INFT 103 Excel 0-1
INFT 104 Word 0-1
INFORMATION LITERACY (9 hrs)
Choose one of the following: 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture
ARTS 209 Art as Communication
Chose two of the following: 6
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II
HIUS 221 Survey of American History I
HIUS 222 Survey of American History II
HIUS 223 Survey of American History I On Site
CRITICAL THINKING (9 hrs)
Choose one: ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216, 221, 222, MUSC 213, 314, 371, ARTS 205, 214 3
Choose one: CSTU 101, 102, THEA 101, ARTS 105, CINE 101, MUSC 103, 311, 312, 313 3
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (22-23 hrs)
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey  1 3
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 2 3
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 1
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 1
CRST 290 History of Life 2-3
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
UNIV 101 University Core Competencies 3 1
LIBERAL ARTS FOCUS (18 hrs)
Language (Must be one language) 12
Integrative Studies 4 6

Honor students have the option to take: BIBL 205 - Old Testament Life and Literature to meet this requirement.

Honor students have the option to take: BIBL 210 - New Testament Life and Literature to meet this requirement.

"Requirement is waived for students transferring in 60 or more hours."

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. Integratives may only be taken after the student has achieved 60 hours.


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

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) (38-45 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (24-30 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6-9 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Choose one of the following: 3-6
COMS 101 Speech Communication
ENGR 270 Technical Communication
OR
SCOM 110 Media and Culture
AND
SCOM 226 Interpersonal and Group Communication
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (12-15 hrs)
MATH Elective (MATH 115 or higher) 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Technology Competency
INFT 102 PowerPoint 0-1
INFT 103 Excel 0-1
INFT 104 Word 0-1
BUSI 101 Introduction to Business 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
INFORMATION LITERACY (3 hrs)
ENGL 103 Technical Communication for the Professions 3
CRITICAL THINKING (3 hrs)
GEN ED ELECTIVE  1 3
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (14-15 hrs)
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 1
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 1
CRST 290 History of Life 2-3
OR
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 3
PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development 3
UNIV 101 University Core Competencies 1
Choose any two of the four: 6
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3

Choose from CSTU 101 or 102; HLTH 216; PHIL 201; PSYC 101; or SOCI 200


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

Associate of Arts (A.A.) (46-53 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6-9 hrs)
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Choose one of the following: 3-6
COMS 101 Speech Communication
ENGR 270 Technical Communication
OR
SCOM 110 Media and Culture
AND
SCOM 226 Interpersonal and Group Communication
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY (6-9 hrs)
MATH (115 or higher) 3
NAT SCI 3
Technology Competency
INFT 102 PowerPoint 0-1
INFT 103 Excel 0-1
INFT 104 Word 0-1
INFORMATION LITERACY (6 hrs)
ENGL 102, MUSC 200, ARTS 209 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
CSTU 101 or 102, THEA 101, ARTS 105, CINE 101, MUSC 103, 311, 312 or 313 3
GEN ED ELECTIVE (non-language) 3
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (16-17 hrs)
BWVW 101 Biblical Worldview I 1
BWVW 102 Biblical Worldview II 1
CRST 290 History of Life 2-3
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development 3
UNIV 101 University Core Competencies 1
Choose any two of the four 6
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey
THEO 201 Theology Survey I
THEO 202 Theology Survey II
ALL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE CHOSEN FROM THE LIST OF “APPROVED RESIDENTIAL GENERAL EDUCATION & INTEGRATIVE COURSES” (www.liberty.edu/gened)

Approved Residential General Education and Integrative Courses

The following lists contain residential general education and integrative courses including all those that fall into each of the three areas listed below.

  1. humanities/fine arts (HFA);
  2. social/behavioral sciences (SBS); and
  3. natural science/mathematics (NSM).
Mathematics, Science, and Technology
MATH 115 Mathematics for Liberal Arts NSM
MATH 116 Logic and Social Reasoning NSM
MATH 117 Elements of Mathematics NSM
MATH 121 College Algebra NSM
MATH 122 Trigonometry NSM
MATH 125 Finite Mathematics NSM
MATH 126 Elementary Calculus for Business and Science NSM
MATH 128 Elementary Functions and Coordinate Geometry NSM
MATH 130 Advanced Technical Mathematics NSM
MATH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I NSM
MATH 132 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II NSM
MATH 201/
BUSI 230 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics NSM
MATH 211 Introduction to Statistical Analysis NSM
MATH 217 Elementary Geometry NSM
MATH 227 Number Systems and Geometry NSM
BIOL 101 Principles of Biology1 NSM
BIOL 102  Principles of Human Biology1 NSM
BIOL 103 Principles of Biology Lab NSM
BIOL 104 Principles of Human Biology Lab NSM
BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology1 NSM
BIOL 213 Human Anatomy/Physiology I1,2 NSM
BIOL 214 Human Anatomy/Physiology I Lab1,2 NSM
BIOL 215 Human Anatomy/Physiology II1,2 NSM
BIOL 216 Human Anatomy/Physiology II Lab2 NSM
BIOL 224 General Biology I1 NSM
CHEM 105 Elements of General Chemistry1 NSM
CHEM 107 Essentials of General/Organic Chemistry1 NSM
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I1 NSM
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II1 NSM
ENVR 215 Principles of Environmental Science1 NSM
ENVR 220 Physical Geology1 NSM
ENVR 221 Physical Geology Lab NSM
PHSC 121 Introduction to Astronomy1 NSM
PHSC 122 Elements of Astronomy Lab NSM
PHSC 210 Elements of Earth Science1 NSM
PHSC 211 Elements of Earth Science Lab NSM
PHYS 101 Elements of Physics1 NSM
PHYS 103 Elements of Physics Lab NSM
PHYS 201 General Physics I1 NSM
PHYS 202 General Physics II1 NSM
PHYS 231 University Physics I1 NSM
PHYS 232 University Physics II1 NSM
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications  
  ¹ Courses will fill the NAT SCI requirement  
  ² BIOL 213, 214 or 215 & 216 must be taken to receive the Core Competency requirement credit for either course  
Information Literacy
ARTS 209 Art as Communication1 HFA
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature1 HFA
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I2 SBS
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II2 SBS
HIUS 221 OR Survey of American History I2 SBS
HIUS 223 United States History On Site2 SBS
HIUS 222 Survey of American History II2 SBS
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship and Culture1, 2 HFA
  1 Course will fill the Composition requirement  
  2 Course will fill the History requirement  
Communication
COMS 101 Speech Communication  
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric HFA
ENGR 270 Technical Communication  
SCOM 110 AND Media and Culture  
SCOM 226 Interpersonal and Group Communication  
Christian Life & Thought
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 SBS
PSYC 150 Psychology of Relationship Development SBS
THEO 201 Theology Survey I  
THEO 202 Theology Survey II  
UNIV 101 University Core Competencies  
Critical Thinking
APOL 201 Apologetics & Cultural Engagement3 HFA
ARTS 105 Art Appreciation3 HFA
ARTS 205 20th-21st Century Art1 HFA
ARTS 214 Art, Culture, and Technlogy1 HFA
ASLI American Sign Language5,8  
BUSI 223 Personal Finance4  
CGRM Conversational German5  
CHIN Chinese5,8  
CINE 101 Cinematic Arts Appreciation3 HFA
CSIS 110 Computing Foundations and Ethics4  
CSIS 111 Introduction to Programming4  
CSIS 112 Advanced Programming4  
CSPA Conversational Spanish5  
CSTU 101 OR Humanities in Western Culture3 HFA
CSTU 102 The Humanities Abroad3 HFA
ECON 110 Survey of Economics4 SBS
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics4 SBS
ECON 214 Principles of Macroeconomics4 SBS
ENGL 201 American Literature I1 HFA
ENGL 202 American Literature II1 HFA
ENGL 215 English Literature I1 HFA
ENGL 216 English Literature II1 HFA
ENGL 221 World Literature I1 HFA
ENGL 222 World Literature II1 HFA
FREN French5,8 HFA
GEOG 200 Introduction to Geography4 SBS
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement4,7 SBS
GLST 290 Cultural Anthropology SBS
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise2 SBS
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science4 SBS
GOVT 220 American Government4 SBS
GREK Greek5,8  
GRMN German5,8  
HBRW Hebrew5,8  
HLTH 216 Personal Health4  
INFT 102 PowerPoint (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 103 Excel (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 104 Word (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 110 Computer Concepts & Applications4  
INFT 111 MAC Computer Concepts & Applications4  
INFT 126 Adobe InDesign – Introductory (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 127 Adobe Photoshop – Introductory (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 151 Mobile Media Techniques (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 152 Social Media Tools – Introductory (1 hr)4,6  
INFT 241 CompTIA A+: Comp Hardware & Op. Sys. Cert.4  
MUSC 103 Music Appreciation3 HFA
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature1 HFA
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity – 1750)3 HFA
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750)3 HFA
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship3 HFA
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures1 HFA
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature1 HFA
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas HFA
PSYC 101 General Psychology2 SBS
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology2 SBS
RUSS 102 Elementary Russian II HFA
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology2 SBS
SOCI 201 Social Problems2 SBS
SPAN Spanish5,8  
THEA 101 Theatre Appreciation3 HFA
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture4  
  1 Course will fill the Literature requirement  
  2 Course will fill the Social Science requirement  
  3 Course will fill the Cultural Studies requirement  
  4 Course will fill the General Education requirement  
  5 Course will fill the Language requirement  
  6 A total of 3 credits must be completed to apply INFT 102, 103, 104, 126, 127, 151 or 152 towards the General Education requirement.  
  7 If required in Christian Life and Thought cannot be used to fulfill General Education requirement  
  8 Liberal Arts Focus, required in BA degree, 100-400 unless specified.  

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 HFA
CINE 340 Theology and Cinema HFA
CSTU 301 Film as Art HFA
CSTU 310 Religion and the Arts in Western Culture HFA
ENGL 405 Literature of the Bible HFA
ENGL 415 Diversity: Advanced World Literature HFA
ENGL 416 Writing HFA
ENGL 442 Musical Theatre HFA
ENGL 460 Christian Literature HFA
ENGL 462 Religious Issues in Dramatic Literature HFA
ETHM 411 Music and Culture HFA
GEOG 410 Global Issues in Geography SBS
HIEU 466 Renaissance and Reformation Europe SBS
HLTH 400 Contemporary Health Issues SBS
INDS 499 Integration of Faith and Learning Through the Washington Semester Fellowship  
MUSC 424 Arts in Global Outreach HFA
NASC 315 Environmental Science NSM
PHIL 429 The Thought of St. Augustine HFA
PHIL 465 The Thought of C.S. Lewis HFA
PHIL 468 The Thought of J.R.R. Tolkein HFA
PHSC 310 Astronomy: An Integrated Approach NSM
SPAN 324 Christianity in Latin America SBS
THEO 324 Theology of Suffering and Disability SBS
THEO 340 Theology and Politics SBS

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


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 (B.S.) (42-48 hrs) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Communication (6 hrs)
Communications Elective 3**
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Math, Science & Technology (9 hrs)
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning (D) 1 3
Math Elective (MATH 115 or higher) 3**
Natural Science Elective 3**
Information Literacy (6 hrs) 3**
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
History Elective 3**
Critical Thinking (6 hrs)
Humanities Elective 3**
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
Christian Life & Thought (9 hrs)
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3
Skills & Knowledge (6-12 hrs)
General Education Elective 3**
Social Science Elective 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

Waived without appeal/exception for all students when one or more of the following are met: 1. Accredited college transcript on file indicating a conferred AA or higher. 2. 60 official transfer hours. 3. Resident LU student transferring to LUO without breaking enrollment (resident breaking enrollment rules not LUO) and has taken GNED/BVWV 101. 4. 90+ credits on unofficial transcripts. 5. Student has broken enrollment from LUO within the last three catalog years.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) (39 hours) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (24 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6 hrs)
COMS 101 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (12 hrs)
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning (D) 3
MATH Elective (MATH 115 or higher) 3
HLTH 211 Applied Anatomy and Physiology I for Associate Degree (D) 3
HLTH 212 Applied Anatomy and Physiology II for Associate Degree (D) 3
INFORMATION LITERACY (3 hrs)
ENGL 103 Technical Communication for the Professions 3
CRITICAL THINKING (3 hrs)
INFT 110 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (9 hrs)
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE (6 hrs)
General Education Elective 3
Social Science Elective 1 3

Choose from the following: PSYC 101, 210, SOCI 200 or 201

Associate of Arts (A.A.) (39 hrs) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (33 hrs)
COMMUNICATION (6 hrs)
Communications Elective 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (9 hrs)
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning (D) 3
MATH Elective (MATH 115 or higher)
Natural Science Elective 3
INFORMATION LITERACY (6 hrs)
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature 3
History Elective 3
CRITICAL THINKING (3 hrs)
CHRISTIAN LIFE & THOUGHT (9 hrs)
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 3
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE (6 hrs)
General Education Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3

Approved General Education Courses for Online Programs

LUO General Education: Core Competency Requirements

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 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.

The following list contains online (distance education) general education courses including all those that fall into each of the three areas listed below.

  1. humanities/fine arts (HFA);
  2. social/behavioral sciences (SBS); and
  3. natural science/mathematics (NSM).
Communication
BUSI 300 Business Communications*  
COMS 101 Speech Communication*  
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric* HFA
ENGL 333 Modern Grammar* HFA
ENGL 350 Advanced Expository Writing* HFA
Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines that meets the University's general education guidelines: JOUR, SCOM, and STCO
Mathematics, Science and Technology
Math
MATH 115 Mathematics for Liberal Arts* NSM
MATH 121 College Algebra* NSM
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics* NSM
Any 100-400 level course higher than MATH 115
MATH transfer credit (1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX) may be considered through the course substitution process
Natural Science
BIOL 101 Principles of Biology* NSM
BIOL 103 Principles of Biology Lab* NSM
PHSC 210 Elements of Earth Science* NSM
PHSC 211 Elements of Earth Science Lab* NSM
Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines that meets the University’s general education guidelines: BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, NASC, PHSC and PHYS
Technology
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning*  
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications*  
CSCI 111 Introduction to Programming  
CSCI 112 Advanced Programming  
Information Literacy
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature* HFA
ENGL 103 Technical Communication for the Professions*  
History
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I* SBS
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II* SBS
HIEU 425 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era* SBS
HIUS 221 Survey of American History I* SBS
HIUS 222 Survey of American History II* SBS
HIUS 223 Survey of American History I Onsite* SBS
HIUS 380 Modern American Military History* SBS
HIUS 420 Civil War and Reconstruction* SBS
HIWD 370 Comparative Civilizations* SBS
Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines that meets the University’s general education guidelines: HIEU, HIUS, HIST and HIWD
Critical Thinking
PHIL 201 Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas* HFA
Humanities and Fine Arts
ANTH 203 World Religion SBS
ARTS 105 Art Appreciation HFA
CSTU 101 Western Culture* HFA
ENGL 201 American Literature I HFA
ENGL 202 American Literature II* HFA
ENGL 215 English Literature I HFA
ENGL 216 English Literature II* HFA
ENGL 221 World Literature I HFA
ENGL 222 World Literature II HFA
MUSC 103 Music Appreciation HFA
THEA 101 Theatre Appreciation HFA
Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines that meets the University’s general education guidelines: CSTU and PHIL
Any 100-400 level Foreign and Modern Language course from the following disciplines that meets the University’s general education guidelines: CGRM, CHIN, CSMA, CSPA, FREN, GREK, GRMN, HBRW LANG, SPAN,  etc. (Conversational languages are for use in Bachelor of Science degree programs only.)
Christian Life & Thought
RELIGION for Non-Religion Majors
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews*  
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature*  
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought*  
RELIGION for Religion Majors
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey*  
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey*  
CRST 290 History of Life* NSM
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life*  
THEO 201 Theology Survey I*  
THEO 202 Theology Survey II*  
Skills and Knowledge
Social Science
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics* SBS
ECON 214 Principles of Macroeconomics* SBS
ECON 350 Classical Economics* SBS
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies* SBS
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise* SBS
GOVT 220 American Government* SBS
HIEU 201 History of Western Civilization I* SBS
HIEU 202 History of Western Civilization II* SBS
HIEU 425 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era* SBS
HIUS 221 Survey of American History I* SBS
HIUS 222 Survey of American History II* SBS
HIUS 223 Survey of American History I Onsite* SBS
HIUS 380 Modern American Military History* SBS
HIUS 420 Civil War and Reconstruction* SBS
HIWD 370 Comparative Civilizations* SBS
HLTH 216 Personal Health  
HLTH 252 Drugs in Society* SBS
PSYC 101 General Psychology* SBS
PYSC 210 Developmental Psychology* SBS
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology* SBS
SOCI 201 Social Problems* SBS
Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines that meets the University’s general education guidelines: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, GOVT, HIEU, HIUS, HIST, HIWD, PSYC and SOCI

General Education
This elective may be fulfilled by approved courses within the Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Science, Math, Technology, History, Social Science disciplines or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). 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.liberty.edu/academics/generalstudies/index.cfm?PID=36025.

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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