Philosophy of General Education
The university’s general education curriculum provides a broad-based, integrative, and practical learning experience meant to prepare students for responsible civic and cultural engagement in a global context. By completing general education coursework, you will have gained skills and knowledge in arts, humanities, literature, communication, civics, political science, social science, mathematics and applied reasoning, and natural sciences. This level of knowledge and skill helps our students to become effective leaders, creative thinkers, responsible citizens, and ethical decision makers.
The general education categories span six broad areas of study that encompass existing disciplines frequently found in liberal education, while providing the flexibility to explore topics of interest relevant to your degree program. Completion of the courses listed below fulfills the university’s general education requirements within all associate and bachelor's degree programs, but your program may have unique requirements. We encourage you to carefully review the course requirements in your academic plan.
Arts & Humanities (6 credit hours)
Courses in the arts, humanities, and literature provide students with the opportunity to analyze and interpret artifacts within the appropriate historical, cultural, economic, social, or religious contexts. Students gain an appreciation for the myriad ways art, music, literature, cinema, theater, media, sports, and other artistic and creative forms of community and self-expression contribute to the production and reception of ideas, and how these shape all aspects of society both within and across cultural boundaries.
Competency: Explain the value and contribution of the humanities in contemporary society.
|ARTH241||Film and Literature||3|
|DSIN141||Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop||3|
|LITR201||World Literature through the Renaissance 1||3|
|LITR202||World Literature since the Renaissance 1||3|
|LITR210||English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century 1||3|
|LITR211||English Literature: 18th Century to Present 1||3|
|LITR220||American Literature before The Civil War 1||3|
|LITR221||American Literature from The Civil War to Present 1||3|
|JAPN100||Introduction to Japanese||3|
|PHIL101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PHIL200||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|PHIL202||Philosophy of Science||3|
|PORT100||Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese||3|
|RELS201||Introduction to World Religions||3|
Civics, Political & Social Sciences (6 credit hours)
Explore cultural, economic, historical, political, psychological, social, or technological systems and issues that have shaped and continue to shape societies around the world. Courses explore trends and issues in globalization, emerging technologies, theoretical and practical models used for understanding local, transnational and transglobal problems, and differences in the ways individuals and societies experience and perceive the world.
Competency: Explain the inter-dependence of cultural, economic, historical, political, psychological, social, or technological systems within and across cultures.
|ANTH100||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|ANTH202||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|COMM211||Social Media and Society||3|
|ECON201||Microeconomics for Business (Business Majors)||3|
|ECON202||Macroeconomics for Business (Business Majors)||3|
|EDUC200||Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective||3|
|GEOG101||Introduction to Geography||3|
|HOSP110||Practical Food Safety and Awareness||3|
|IRLS210||International Relations I||3|
|LITR204||Contemporary World Culture Through Literature 1||3|
|LITR205||Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature 1||3|
|POLS210||American Government I||3|
|PSYC101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOCI111||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOCI220||American Popular Culture||3|
Communication: Written, Oral, and Multimedia (8 credit hours)
Communication includes interpersonal, intercultural, and professional exchanges of information, including interactive, social, public and mass exchanges. Categories of communication include digital, oral, and written, as well as engaging in multi-modal forms of communication mediated by technology (new media), popular social media, and traditional and non-traditional public relations.
Competency: Be conversant in one or more forms of communication (digital, written, and oral).
|COMM110||Information & Digital Literacy||2|
|ENGL110||Making Writing Relevant||3|
|COMM285||Interpersonal Communications (Public Health Majors)||3|
|ENGL102||Effectiveness in Writing||3|
|ENGL200||Composition and Literature||3|
|HRMT101||Human Relations Communication||3|
|IRLS200||Information Literacy and Global Citizenship||3|
|ITCC231||Introduction to Information Technology Writing||3|
History (3 credit hours)
Courses explore cultural heritage around the world in both ancient and modern civilizations. Students will recognize the importance of various historical events in analyzing contemporary, social, political, technological, and economic issues.
Competency: Contemplate and interpret the impact and relevance of various historical events on contemporary issues.
|HIST101||American History to 1877||3|
|HIST102||American History since 1877||3|
|HIST111||World Civilization before 1650||3|
|HIST112||World Civilization since 1650||3|
|HIST121||Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War||3|
|HIST122||Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War||3|
|HIST221||African-American History before 1877||3|
|HIST222||African-American History since 1877||3|
|HIST223||History of the American Indian||3|
|HIST270||History of Science||3|
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 credit hours)
Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative logical literacy. Students will prepare for advanced study by practicing analytical concepts and problem solving techniques. This category focuses on the conceptual and theoretical tools students need to make decisions based on the evaluation of data, and to gather, organize, analyze, and draw inferences from information.
Competency: Utilize qualitative and quantitative analysis in addition to scientific reasoning to problem-solve effectively.
|ACCT105||Accounting for Non Accounting Majors||3|
|ENTD200||Fundamentals of Programming||3|
|MATH120||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|MATH125||Math for Liberal Arts Majors||3|
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 credit hours)
Provides students with the ability to use the inquiry-based process of science to describe, evaluate, and consider alternative explanations for scientific findings. Students will follow an experimental laboratory process to apply key concepts, facts, and theories about living systems and the physical universe, and use the scientific method and the quantitative tools of science. Students will relate that information to problems of wide global and societal concern.
Competency: Use the inquiry-based scientific process to formulate hypotheses, make observations, design experiments, collect and analyze data, and reach conclusions.
|BIOL133||General Biology I with Lab (Sports and Health Science Majors)||4|
|CHEM133||General Chemistry I with Lab (Natural Science Majors)||4|
|PHYS133||Elements of Physics I with Lab (Natural Science Majors)||4|
|SCIN130||Introduction to Biology with Lab||4|
|SCIN131||Introduction to Chemistry with Lab||4|
|SCIN132||Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab||4|
|SCIN133||Introduction to Physics with Lab||4|
|SCIN134||Introduction to Astronomy with Lab||4|
|SCIN137||Introduction to Meteorology with Lab||4|
|SCIN138||Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab (Environmental Science and Space Studies Majors)||4|
|SCIN140||Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab||4|
|SCIN233||Physics I with Lab (Electrical Engineering Majors)||4|
Students enrolled in science courses that have a laboratory component are required to complete the associated lab course. Please note that some degree programs specify science courses to fulfill general education requirements, while others allow for a choice of any science course from the list above.
SCIN120 - Foundations of Scientific Inquiry Laboratory (1 credit hour) may be used as an introductory laboratory experience for students who have previously completed a course in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or astronomy) and require a laboratory experience to meet the general education natural sciences requirement for their degree. Contact the Transfer Credit Department at CreditAward@apus.edu for information and registration instructions.