General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

The purpose of the general education curriculum is to provide Concordia University students with the opportunity to grow in their ability to:

  1. discover, confront and explore unfamiliar information and ideas;
  2. use available academic resources and skills to think analytically, critically, and synthetically;
  3. use appropriate and current technology for research and problem solving; and
  4. ideally move beyond the academic data itself to formulate and express new insights and ideas.

Fine Arts (Minimum 4 credits required; two courses from two different areas – Art, Music, and Theatre)

The fine arts curriculum increases students’ awareness, understanding and critical appreciation of varied aesthetic expression; and seeks to foster their creative talents.  Nursing (pre-licensure) students fulfill this requirement with 2 credits.

ART 101Approaching Art 12
ART 1033D Design2,3
ART 104Introduction to Art History3
ART 111Drawing I3
ART 221Painting I3
ART 241Photography I3
ART 261Ceramics I3
MUS 120Listening to Life: Western Classical Music2
MUS 121Listening to Life: Global & Popular Music 12
THR 101Introduction to The Theatre2
THR 160Introduction to Dance3
THR 221Acting I4
THR 251Stagecraft4

 Recommended for Teacher Education students

History and Political Science (4 credits required)

History offerings help students understand historical sources on their own terms and to recognize the interplay of political, intellectual, social, economic and cultural factors in the development of civilizations. It thereby provides one method whereby present-day circumstances can be better understood and evaluated. Political science courses help students understand their own government and the role of each citizen in the democratic process. Applied globally, political science pertains to the relationships between different governments and peoples and explores how their interests and welfare are connected by many of the same factors examined by historians.  Nursing (pre-licensure) students select one course in History/Political Science or Literature.

HIS 212Introduction to History4
HIS 220Leaders in American Society4
HIS 231USA to 18774
HIS 233USA since 18774
HMG 110Introduction to Hmong History4
POL 131Government and Politics4

Communication (4 credits required)

Communication courses pertain to the study of verbal and nonverbal messages between communicators in interpersonal, group, public, intercultural and mass media contexts. Communication theory and analysis informs student choice of ethical as well as effective strategies and skills used to relate and respond to ideas.

COM 103Interpersonal Communication4
COM 212Public Speaking4

Global Studies (4 credits required)

Global courses help students recognize global interdependence and/or cultural connections and enhance students’ ability to work constructively with a people, language, or culture other than their own.

ART 374Art of Mexico4
ART 375Art of Asia4
ART 376World Art4
COM 309Intercultural Communication4
ECO 101America in the Global Economy: Macroeconomics4
ENG 376World Literature II: Geographic or Thematic4
GRK 211Beginning Greek I4
HIS 121World History4
HIS 267Introduction to Latin America4
HMG 201Hmong Culture and Society4
SPA 101Beginning College Spanish I4
SPA 102Beginning College Spanish II4
POL 243Contemporary Global Problems4
NUR 360Transcultural Nursing & Advanced Health Assessment 14
NUR 470Community and Public Health 14
International Study programs

 Designed for nursing majors only

Social and Behavorial Science (4 credits required)

Social and behavioral science courses provide the perspectives and tools for students to understand human behavior individually, in groups and in organizations.

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology 14
SOC 152Introduction to Sociology4

 Recommended for Teacher Education and Nursing students

Health and Physical Education (3 credits required)

The health and physical education curriculum provides students with the resources and strategies necessary for healthy, balanced and vigorous lives.  RN to BSN Nursing students can fulfill this requirement with submission of current nursing license.  Pre-licensure Nursing students fulfill this requirement with NUR 232 (2 credits).

KHS 110Health Science3
NUR 232Nursing Approach to Nutritional Foundations 12

 Designed for Nursing majors only

Literature (4 credits required)

The literature curriculum helps students develop their abilities to think critically about, write coherently on and discuss enthusiastically a variety of literary texts; students develop both an intellectual understanding of the power of literature and an aesthetic appreciation for diverse literary works.  Nursing (pre-licensure) students select one course in History/Political Science or Literature.

ENG 155Introduction to Literature4

Mathematics and Natural Science (9 credits required)

Mathematics offerings are designed to develop students’ understanding of basic mathematical concepts, to develop their abilities to analyze and solve mathematical problems and to promote mathematical awareness in the analysis of problem solving strategies and the interpretation of results. Natural science courses examine the physical nature of the world. Biology involves plant, animal and human life; physical science deals with the processes of the earth; while earth science studies the earth and the universe.

Students in traditional programs take a minimum of 9 credits of mathematics and natural science, with the prescribed number of credits in each of the following three areas.  Students in adult undergraduate programs take a minimum of 8 credits in math and natural science.  The science credits for the adult undergraduate programs can be taken in either biology or physical science.

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits required)

Incoming students are initially placed in math courses according to their math ACT scores. Students who do not have a current math ACT score or those who would like to change their placement will need to take the Math Placement Exam.

MAT 101Contemporary Mathematics3
MAT 110Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAT 135Calculus I4
MAT 165Quantitative Reasoning for Nursing 13
MAT 200Foundations of Elementary Mathematics 23

Designed for Nursing majors only


  Recommended for Teacher Education students

Biology (Minimum 3 credits required)

BIO 100Biology Today3
BIO 120Biology I: The Unity of Life4
BIO 130Biology II: The Diversity of Life4
SCI 120Live Science: How Scientific Issues Impact Your Daily Life4

Physical Science (Minimum 3 credits required)

CHE 115General Chemistry I4
CHE 141Household Chemistry3
ENV 120Introduction to Environmental Science3
ESC 160Earth Science 14
PHS 112General Physics I (Trig Based)4
PHS 221General Physics I (Calc Based)4

 Recommended for Teacher Education students

Religion and Theology (6-8 credits required; 3-4 Introductory, 3-4 Intermediate)

Students in traditional programs meet their general education requirements in theology by taking a course from the “Biblical” category and a course from the “Intermediate” category. Students in professional church work programs must select from those courses in both categories that are also requirements in the minor in Lutheran Theology.  Students in adult undergraduate programs meet this requirement by taking a combined course that meets the outcomes in the intro/intermediate areas.

Introductory (3-4 credits)
THL 100The Biblical Heritage of Christianity4
THL 206New Testament 13
Intermediate (3-4 credits)
THL 310Archaeology and the Bible4
THL 320Global Christianity4
THL 325Goodness, Justice & Christian Faith4
THL 336The Problem of Evil4
THL 342Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy and Christianity4
THL 344Martin Luther: Saint & Sinner4
THL 351Jesus and Muhammad4
THL 353Christianity and World Religions4
THL 356One Nation under God? Christianity and Politics in America4
THL 357Christianity and the Media in Contemporary Culture4
THL 359Theology and Art4
THL 365Christianity thr Symbol/Ritual4
THL 371Mission of God4
THL 377Faith and Justice in the City4
THL 431Lutheran Doctrine I 13
RLG 415Biblical Christianity for Thoughtful People 24

Designed for professional church work students only


 Designed for students in adult undergraduate programs only

Writing (4 credits required)

The writing course provides students with an awareness of written communication-specifically the process of research, synthesis and analysis-as well as opportunities to practice their own writing skills in an academic setting.

ENG 120College Writing4

University Honors Program

Concordia’s University Honors Program in litteris fideque (“in faith and learning”) is an alternative approach to meeting General Education requirements. It is interdisciplinary course of study that challenges talented students to integrate Christian faith and academic learning. The Honors Program provides opportunities for students to become leaders in academic research and in service to others while engaging in constant conversation with the Christian gospel.

There are four core courses for the University Honors Program in litteris fideque, offered on a two-year cycle (two courses each year). Honors students take the four core courses during their first two years at Concordia, so that each incoming class of Honors students takes courses together with the class adjacent to theirs. Each course integrates selected arts and sciences with the gospel and embracing a distinctly global perspective. Each course will be administered by the faculty of the University Honors Program and will be taught by a team of faculty representing the major academic disciplines of the university.

The Theoretical Year
HON 110Perspectives, Approaches, and the Gospel8
HON 120Hearing Their Voices:Globalism, Justice and the Lives of the Marginalized8
The Practical Year
HON 210Being Human and Christian in an Interconnected World8
HON 220Scholarship and Service for the Sake of Others8
Capstone 1
HON 410Building for Eternity2

 During the senior year, students in the University Honors Program reconvene to put their knowledge and gifts into practice for the good of others.

Students who complete the University Honors Program have met their General Education requirements.

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