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General Education Requirements: Bachelors Degrees
Group 1. Christian Living
An educated person committed to a life of stewardship and service should be acquainted with both cognitive and affective dimensions of Christianity. This component reflects the missional commitment of the University to engagement with the Christian Faith, specifically in the context of the Church of the Nazarene. This four-course sequence is designed to integrate comprehensively the formative task of theological education for Christian living; that is, matters of spiritual formation, biblical understanding, theological understanding, life application and Christian ethics will be integrated across the progression in a level-appropriate development. The goal is to facilitate the most effective and conducive context for the development of young adults to emerge from this progression with a deeper love for Christ, the Bible, and the Church than when they began. The aim is to engage and equip our students to live vital Christian lives and serve as effective ministry leaders, influencing their world for the Kingdom.
Group 2. Communication
An educated person committed to a life of stewardship and service should be able to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively. Writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills are basic to effective communication Reading provides a range of viewpoints and in-depth information. Careful listening to authors and speakers prevents miscommunication. Writing and speaking are the primary channels of expression. The quality of communication is connected to thinking because writing and speaking patterns parallel individual thinking processes. Therefore, the educated person must have developed the analytical and synthetical skills of critical thinking. Teachers become role models and create settings where students have to reflect on their own thought processes.
This critical thinking is best taught if connected to specific writing and speaking formats.
Placement in College Writing will be based on English ACT score:
Group 3. Cultural Understanding
An educated person committed to a life of stewardship and service should be exposed to various aspects of cultural understanding as well as an understanding of diverse cultures. It is no longer possible to conduct our lives without reference to the diverse world within which we live. A crucial difference between the educated and the uneducated person is the extent to which one’s life experience is viewed in wider contexts. The curriculum may include options for exposure to various cultures in terms of language, geography, history, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, art, music, literature, and religion. Moreover, a non-Western culture should be part of the cultural experience. Foreign language skills are important for those working in a global community. International students on campus, a variety of courses, and overseas experiences by faculty and some students all are a part of education for cultural understanding. The interrelatedness of living in a global community necessitates exposure to diverse cultures.
Group 4. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
An educated person committed to a life of stewardship and service should possess foundational knowledge in the physical and life sciences, understand the basic methodology of science, and be able to critically evaluate scientific issues. Students should possess a general competency in mathematics including the ability to recognize the legitimate interpretation and application of numerical and scientific data. The larger purpose is to help students improve their scientific literacy, defined as the capacity to follow new scientific and technological developments in intelligent lay terms.
Placement in Mathematics will be based on ACT Math score:
Group 5. Personal Health
An educated person committed to a life of stewardship and service should develop a lifestyle that promotes personal health. Personal health encompasses those attitudes and practices that improve one’s physical and mental well-being. Students should be guided in the acquisition of lifelong habits relating to good nutrition, physical exercise, and the management of stress. Furthermore, students should learn interpersonal skills that serve to promote the health of others, including family and community as well as the world at large.
****A student may not enroll in ENGL 209/210 until having passed ENGL 108/109 with a grade of “C-“ or above. Each department specifies the College Writing II course to be taken by its majors. Engineering and Computer Engineering majors satisfy the College Writing II requirement with ENGN 335 Technical Communication and Experimental Design. Students with an ACT Composite of 30 or higher are exempt from ENGL 109.
*****Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward degree requirements, although placement will be required based on ACT scores.