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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

Mathematics

  • 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 121 - Introduction to Astronomy (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

  • INFT 101 - Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning*
  • INFT 110 - Computer Concepts and Applications*
  • INFT 111 - MAC Computer Concepts and Applications*
  • INFT 126 - Adobe InDesign - Introductory*
  • INFT 127 - Adobe Photoshop - Introductory*
  • INFT 151 - Mobile Media Techniques*
  • INFT 152 - Social Media Tools - Introductory*
  • INFT 241  -  CompTIA A+: Computer Hardware and Operation Systems Certification*
  • BUSI 201 - Intermediate Business Computer Applications*
  • CSIS 100 - Introduction to Information Sciences and Systems*
  • CSIS 110 - Introduction to Computing Sciences*
  • CSIS 111 - Introduction to Programming
  • CSIS 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 Civilization*  (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 Religions (SBS)
  • ARTS 105 - Art Appreciation (HFA)
  • ARTS 205 – 20th-21st Century Art* (HFA)
  • ARTS 209 – Art as Communication* (HFA)
  • ARTS 214 – Art, Culture, and Technology* (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: CARA, CGRM, CFRE, CHIN, CHND, CSMA, CSPA, FREN, GREK, GRMN, HBRW LANG, SPAN,  etc. (Conversational languages are for use in Bachelor of Science degree programs only.)

                                           Christian Life and Thought

Non-Religion Majors

  • APOL 104 - Contemporary Worldviews*
  • BIBL 104 - Survey of Biblical Literature*
  • THEO 104 - Introduction to Christian Thought*

Religion Majors

  • BIBL 105 - Old Testament Survey*
  • BIBL 110 - New Testament Survey*
  • EVAN 101 - Evangelism and Christian Life*
  • THEO 201 - Theology Survey I*
  • THEO 202 - Theology Survey II*

+CRST 290 - History of Life* (NSM) is a graduation requirement for Religion Majors

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 Civilization * (SBS)
  • HLTH 216 - Personal Health
  • HLTH 252 - Drugs in Society* (SBS)
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology* (SBS)
  • PSYC 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, Mathematics, Technology, History, Social Science, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. Restrictions may apply to some majors. General education electives must meet the University's general education guidelines.

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:

  • is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree;
  • ensures breadth of knowledge;  
  • 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).

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).

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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