Summary of General Education Requirements
I. FOUNDATION STUDIES
Writing (FYW, WRI): Five courses that develop writing competence and confidence. One course (GE 111 - FYS), taken in the first year, that equips students for effective writing in the liberal arts and introduces writing as a means of learning. Four courses (WRI) that enhance students' writing competence and confidence in a variety of knowledge domains. Courses may be taken in any field and at any level.
Foreign Language (FOL): Three or four courses that develop non-English language skills to an intermediate level, deepen understanding of language as a human phenomenon, and generate insights into a culture other than one's own.
Oral Communication (ORC): A quarter-credit course, or its equivalent incorporated within a full-credit course, that develops oral communication competence and confidence.
Mathematical Reasoning (MAR): A course that develops a student's understanding of mathematics and mathematical problem-solving.
Physical Activity (PHA): Two different quarter-credit courses or one half-credit course providing participation in structured physical activity. Participants in a recognized intercollegiate sport or in a dance company may receive credit for one of the required quarter-credit courses.
II. CORE STUDIES
Historical Studies in Western Culture (HWC): Two courses that develop historical perspective on, and critical appreciation of, the major traditions, institutions, and achievements of Western culture.
Multicultural Studies (MCS-G, MCS-D): Two courses intended to develop understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. One course (MCS-G) focuses on global diversity, treating cultures outside the western tradition. The second course (MCS-D) includes a component examining domestic diversity, with a focus on race, ethnicity or gender within the United States.
Artistic and Literary Studies (ALS-A, ALS-L): Two courses, one in each sub-area, intended to develop appreciation and understanding of artistic and literary forms in their cultural context.
Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS-B, BTS-T): Two courses, one in each sub-area, that introduce the Biblical tradition and develop a critical and coherent understanding of Christian belief.
Studies in Natural Science (NST-x, NSL): Two courses that develop a student's understanding of scientific knowledge, the process of scientific discovery, and the role of the sciences in society and culture. The two courses taken by a student may not be in the same department or interdisciplinary program; one of the courses must be a laboratory course; and while courses in a variety of disciplines may satisfy this requirement, at least one of the two must be in biology, chemistry or physics.
Studies in Human Behavior and Society (HBS): Two courses, in two different disciplines, that introduce students to basic concepts, theories, and methods for understanding individual and social human behavior.
III. INTEGRATIVE STUDIES
Ethical Issues and Normative Perspectives (EIN): An upper level course that analyzes ethical issues from a variety of moral and theological perspectives.