2021-2022 Catalog

General Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in General Studies allows students to develop a wide range of interests and talents within the academic setting. Students need to pay careful attention to upper level prerequisites as well as a cohesive plan of work. Internships are encouraged to help provide focus to the student's overall plan.

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring students with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Area I - Mathematics - 3-4 hours

Choose one from the following:
MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

or

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English (choose one) - 3 hours

ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Area II - Social Science and Humanities - 6 hours

Choose two from the following:
ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 200World Regional Geography

3

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

or

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

or

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

or

SOC 223Social Problems

3

or

SOC 243Peoples and Cultures of the World in Sociological Perspective

3

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

or

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

or

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PHY 201College Physics I

4

or

PHY 210General Physics I

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Ethics Requirement - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
BUA 340Legal Environment of Business

3

CRJ 324Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

MGT 460/BUA 460Business and Society

3

PHIL 312Ethics

3

SM 362Sport Ethics

3

SPE 346Ethical & Professional Aspects of Special Education

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in the Ethics requirement.

Discipline Requirements - 12 hours

Choose any 9 hours (300 level or above) in a single discipline offered by Cumberland University AND Choose 3 hours at the 400 level in the same discipline.
Students must earn a "C" or higher in the requirements for the discipline.

Upper Division General Requirements - 30 hours

Choose 18 hours of any upper division (300 level or above) courses offered by Cumberland University, and an additional 12 hours must be at the 400 level.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in the upper division general requirements.

General Electives - 30-32 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

General Education Core Requirements - 43-45 hours
Ethics Requirement - 3 hours
Discipline Requirement - 12 hours
General Studies Requirement - 30 hours
General Electives - 30-32 hours

120 minimum hours required for graduation.