General Education Core Requirements

All students planning to receive a degree are required to complete the core curriculum and other requirements specified in each degree program. The core curriculum is divided into four areas and requires a total of 69 hours. Each school may specify courses in the core curriculum within the requirements listed below. Therefore, students should consult the general education requirements for their particular major.

Bible & Theology Core Purpose

The Bible & Theology requirement provides all degree candidates with basic academic knowledge of the Bible’s content and doctrines, and with skills necessary for its proper interpretation, and prepares students to apply scriptural truth to their own lives and articulate it to others.


The successful student will demonstrate:

  • A general knowledge of the contents, major themes, and doctrines of the Scriptures.
  • Skills for accurate scriptural interpretation.
  • The ability to apply the Bible to personal life situations, and articulate the biblical message to others.

General Studies Core Outcome Goals

The successful student will demonstrate:

  • Basic intellectual competence in mathematics, computers, English composition, and critical thinking skills
  • A general academic knowledge of western culture as seen in its history, art, literature, music, science, etc.

Bible & Theology – 30 hours

BEV 112 Principles of Evangelism OTE 213 Law & History
BIB 213 Hermeneutics OTE 223 Poetry & Prophecy
BMI 101 World Perspective SYT 313 God & Redemption
NTE 113 Life and Revelation of Christ SYT 323 The Church: Its Truth & Destiny
NTE 123 Early Church: History & Letters

Choose six credit hours of Bible or Theology from any: BIB, BMI, GRK 333, 343, HEB 323, 433, NTE, OTE, SYT, THE

HUMANITIES – 15 hours

COM 113 Introduction to Public Speaking*
ENG 113 Freshman Composition I
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture

Choose one of the following lit courses:

AML 213 American Literature I
AML 223 American Literature II
ENG 213 World Literature
ENG 223 English Literature I
ENG 233 English Literature II

* Teacher Education majors substitute ENG 393E.


Choose one of the following Psychology courses:

PSY 213 General Psychology
PSY 243 Developmental Psychology

Choose one of the following History courses*:

HIS 223 20th Century World History HIS 333 History of Modern Europe
HIS 233 History of the United States I HIS 353 Church History
HIS 243 History of the United States II HIS 363 American Church History
HIS 313 History of Ancient Civilizations HIS 393 Survey of Non-Western History
HIS 323 History of Medieval Civilization

* Bachelor of Music or Music Education majors substitute MUH 213 Music History & Literature I for the course in this requirement.

Choose two of the following social science courses**:
ANT 203 Cultural Anthropology GHY 213 World Geography
CSG 203 Introduction to Counseling POL 213 American Government
ECO 213 Microeconomics SOC 213 Introduction to Sociology
ECO 223 Macroeconomics

** Bachelor of Music or Music Education majors substitute MUH 223 Music History & Literature II for both courses in this requirement.
** Teacher Education majors substitute PSY 323 Educational Psychology for one course in this requiremet


CSC 113 Introduction to Computers1,2,3
SCI 113 Scientific Literacy

Choose one Math course from:

MAT 113 General College Mathematics
MAT 123 Math for Teachers
MAT 133 College Algebra
MAT 253 Statistics

New students with computer competency are encouraged to take the Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE) during their first semester in order to earn credit for this course.

Music majors substitute CSC 373 Introduction to Music Technology for the course in this requirement.

Teacher Education majors substitute EDU 303 Computers for the Classroom for the course in this requirement.

Teacher Education majors substitute a Biology elective for this requirement.


Choose one course not already taken: FRN 113, GMU 113, GRK 213, HEB 314, MAT 113, 133, 253, MUT 123, PHY 213, 223, PSY 243, SPN 113 or any BIO, CHM or SCI.