2020-2021 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

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, an additional 12 hours must be at the 400 level.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in the requirements for the discipline.

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.