Approved General Education Courses

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.  

  • ENGL 101 (Composition & Rhetoric) *
  • ENGL 102 (Composition & Literature) *


  • COMS 101 (Speech Communication) *
  • 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) *


  • Any course equivalent to or higher than MATH 115*
  • MATH 121*
  • MATH 1XX, 2XX, 3XX or 4XX may be considered through the course substitution process.
  • Restrictions may apply when MATH 201* (Introduction to Probability & Statistics) is required in a particular major

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 – Lab – NAT SCI ELECTIVE*
  • Natural Science (NASC)
  • Physical Science (PHSC)
  • PHSC 210 – Earth Science – NAT SCI ELECTIVE*
  • PHSC 211 – Earth Science Lab – NAT SCI ELECTIVE* 
  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Physics (PHYS)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Restrictions may apply to some majors


  • HUMN 101 (Humanities in Western Culture)*
  • Any Humanities (HUMN) course including upper or lower level electives
  • ENGL 201, 202, 215, 216*, 221, 222
  • MUSC 103 (Music Appreciation)
  • ARTS 105 (Art Appreciation)
  • VCAR 105 (Art Appreciation)
  • THEA 101 (Theatre Appreciation)
  • ANTH 203 (World Religions)
  • Any Philosophy (PHIL) course including upper or lower level electives which meets the University's general education guidelines
  • All Foreign and Modern Languages including upper or lower electives. (SPAN, FREN, GREK, LANG, CSPA, CGRM, etc). Conversational languages are for use in Bachelor of Science degree programs only.


  • HIEU 201 (Western Civilization I)*
  • HIEU 202 (Western Civilization II)*
  • HIEU 425 (French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars)*
  • HIUS 221 (Survey of American History I)*
  • HIUS 222 (Survey of American History II)*
  • HIUS 380 (Modern American Military History)*
  • HIUS 420 (Civil War and Reconstruction)*
  • HIWD 370 (Comparative Civilizations)*
  • Any lower or upper level course within a history discipline (HIEU, HIUS, HITW, HIST) may satisfy the History requirement (including electives) that meets the University's general education guidelines.

Any lower or upper level course, including electives, that meets the University's general education guidelines and falls within the following disciplines of study:

  • Sociology (SOCI), including SOCI 200* or SOCI 201*
  • Psychology (PSYC), including PSYC 101* or PSYC 210*
  • Government (GOVT), including GOVT 200* or GOVT 220*
  • Economics (ECON), including ECON 213* or ECON 214*or ECON 350*
  • Geography (GEOG)*
  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Global Studies (GLST), including GLST 200*
  • History (HIEU, HIUS, etc.) including HIUS 221* or HIEU 201*.
  • HLTH 216 (Personal Health)
  • HLTH 252 *
  • Restrictions may apply to some majors


  • CMIS 201 (Intermediate Microcomputer Applications)*
  • CSCI 111 (Computer Science I)
  • CSCI 112 (Computer Science II)

RELIGION for Non-Religion Majors

  • APOL 104 (Christian Worldviews)*
  • BIBL 104 (Intro to Biblical Literature)*
  • THEO 104 (Intro to Christian Thought)*
  • PHIL 201 (Intro 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 (Intro to Philosophy)*

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.

General Education Guidelines:

All general education requirements at Liberty conform to SACSCOC Core Requirements 2.7.3;

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, a minimum of 30 semester hours to the equivalent. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. 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 Gen Ed Classes

1. General Education must be general in nature;

a. Gen ed. classes must be open to students of all majors, without heavy loads of prerequisite requirements

b. Classes must not be reducible to a narrow or focused skill (e.g. guitar lessons cannot sub for Music Appreciation)

c. Classes must contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs/careers

2. General Education must participate in the Core Competency Initiative ("coherent rationale");

3. In the event that a 300- or 400- level class 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).