Bachelor's Degree General Education Program

According to our mission statement, Northwest Nazarene University offers an undergraduate curriculum that is designed to instill a habit of mind that enables each student to become God's creative and redemptive agent in today's world. This curriculum provides both depth (the student's major field of study) and breadth (the general education program) to nurture our students' highest intellectual, physical, and spiritual development.

The general education program is the foundation of all undergraduate education at Northwest Nazarene University. It purposely expresses through curriculum the mission of the university as a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan heritage. The objective of the general education program is to provide a common experience for the personal and intellectual growth of each student. Students are brought into contact with great persons, ideas, movements, human culture and the Christian faith. The curriculum is intellectually challenging and designed to set the tone for all courses at the university.

General Education Requirements at a Glance (52 credits)

When planning a schedule, students should carefully review the detailed requirements following this summary.

Christian Formation - 12 credits

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIBL1105 Introduction to Biblical Studies 3
THEO2105 Introduction to Christian Theology 3
BIBL/THEO Approved UD Bib Lit or Theology Elective 3
PHIL Approved Philosophy Elective 3
Humanities 16 Credits  
HUMN1015 Cornerstone 3
ENGL Approved Literature Elective 3
ARDE/MUSC Approved Art History or Music History Elective 3
HIST Approved U.S. History Elective 3
HIST Approved non-U.S. History Elective 3
  *Capstone (see list below) 1
Sciences 15 Credits  
KINE1005  Fundamentals of Wellness 1
KINE Approved Kinesiology Activity Elective 1
Natural Science Approved Natural Science Lecture Elective 3
Natural Science Approved Natural Science Lab Elective 1
Social Science Approved Social Science Elective 3
Additional Electives Electives from two of the following areas to equal 6 credits 6
  Approved Mathematics Elective  
  Approved Natural Science Elective  
  Approved Social Science Elective  
Intellectual and Practical Skills 9 Credits  
ENGL1035  University Writing and Research 3
ENGL3015 Topics in Writing and Literature (or a course with a W designation) 3
COMM1210  Intro to Public Speaking  3
Math Proficiency MATH0900 or a satisfactory score on the mathematics portion of the ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER or equivalent test 0
Cross Cultural Requirement Completion of Cross Cultural Experience(s), Intercultural Lab, and Reflection Paper 0

To complete the general education program at Northwest Nazarene University, the student must take 52 semester credits of courses distributed in five categories. The categories with the number of credits required in each are:

I. Christian Formation (12 credits)

BIBL1105*. Introduction to Biblical Studies  (3)
*To be completed during the first 3 semesters of residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

THEO2105*. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
*To be completed by end of the fifth semester of residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Upper Division Bible Literature or Theology (3)
BIBL or THEO course numbered above 2999. (3)
Students transferring to Northwest Nazarene University as juniors (60 credits) must complete 6 semester credits in biblical and theological studies which will include THEO2105 and an approved BIBL elective. Students transferring as seniors (90 credits) must complete only THEO2105.

Philosophy Elective (3)
Select one course from:
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)

II. Humanities (16 credits)

HUMN1015. Cornerstone (3)
To be completed the first year of enrollment and preferably in the first semester, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Literature Elective (3)
Select one course from:
ENGL2310. British Literature: Beowulf through the Age of Reason (3)
ENGL2410W. Major Literature of the Western World (3)
ENGL2430. World Literature: The Enlightenment to the Modern Era (3)
ENGL3210. Major Authors in American Literature (3)
ENGL3510. Twentieth Century Poetry (3)
ENGL3740W. Children's Literature (3)

Art History/Music History Elective (3)
Select one course from:
ARDE3750. Art History 2 (3)
MUSC1010. A Survey of Art and Music (3)
MUSC3270. Music History: Classic, Romantic, and Modern (3)

History Electives (one U. S. and one non-U. S.) (6)
Select one U.S. history course from:
ECON2275. American Economic History (3)
HIST2030. Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)
HIST2040. Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (3)
HIST3250. History of American Culture (3)
HIST3390. Recent America (3)
NURS4121. History of Nursing (3)

Select one non-U.S. history course from:
HIST1030. The World and the West I (3)
HIST1040. The World and the West II (3)
HIST3480. Modern Europe (1800-Present) (3)

Capstone: Completion of one of the following capstone courses approved by the General Education Council (1):
BSNS4985. Senior Seminar In Business (3)
EDUC4955. Seminar/Capstone (1)
HUMN4015. Capstone (1)
NURS4130. Transition to Professional Nursing (3)
THEO4905. Religion Capstone (1)

III. Sciences (15 credits)

KINE1005. Fundamentals of Wellness (1) (RN to BSN students exempted)
KINE1020. Heart Healthy Activity (1), or
KINE1030. Lifetime Sport Activity (1)
Natural Science Elective to include a laboratory (4)

Select one natural science lecture and corresponding laboratory course. (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHYS):
BIOL1015. Introduction to Biology (3); and,
     BIOL1015L. Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
BIOL1060. Human Biology (3); and,
     BIOL1060L Human Biology Laboratory (1)
PHYS1010. Introduction to Physical Science (3); and,
     PHYS1010L. Introduction to Physical Science Lab (1)
PHYS1060. Descriptive Astronomy (3); and,
   PHYS1060L. Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (1)

Social Science Elective (3)
Select one social science course (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOGY, or COMM2030):
COMM2030. Interpersonal Communication (3)
ECON1010. Personal Finance (3)
ECON2275. American Economic History (3)
ECON2415. Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON2425. Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
GEOG1050. Intro to Geography (3)
POLS1010. American National Politics (3)
PSYC1550. Intro to Psychology (3)
PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)
PSYC2110. Educational Psychology (3)
SOGY1015. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOGY1550. Introduction to Sociology (3)

Additional Science Electives (6)
Select two additional courses from two of the following three areas:

Mathematics (3):
BSNS2330. Business Statistics (3)
MATH1100. Liberal Arts Mathematics (3)
MATH1350. College Algebra and Geometry (3)
MATH2010. or MATH2015. Fundamentals of Mathematical Structures I (3)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3)
Or any MATH prefixed course numbered 1000 or higher

Natural Science (3):
Natural science (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHYS prefixed courses)

Social Science (3):
Social science (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOGY)

IV. Intellectual and Practical Skills (9 credits)

ENGL1035. University Writing and Research (3)
To be completed by end of first year of residence. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

ENGL3015. Topics in Writing and Literature (3) or a course with a W designation
Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Mathematics Proficiency (0)
MATH0900. Essential Mathematics (3)  -or-
     one of the following minimum test scores. Test scores must have been obtained within the previous five years.

ACT Math Score of 21 or higher
SAT Math Score of 570 or higher
ACCUPLACER Algebra Score of 74 or higher or equivalent test
Completion of an approved college-level math course with a grade of C- or higher

Must be completed by the end of the fourth semester in residence.

V. Cross Cultural Requirement 

Online and adult program students are required to complete 2 points of Cross Cultural Experiences.  This may be accomplished by completing one Level IV, one Level III or one Level II Experience.

Level IV Experiences (4 points): complete the following. 
  • CLST1045CC. Intercultural Lab Level 4 (no credit). Must enroll and complete the Cross Cultural Lab prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  • Approved travel (e.g., cross-cultural semester abroad, 2 week (14 days) mission trip) or students who have lived overseas for at least one year after the age of 7
  • A ten-page paper reflecting on the cross cultural experience
Level III Experiences (3 points): complete the following.
  • CLST1035CC Intercultural Lab Level 3 (no credit). Must enroll and complete the cross cultural lab prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  • Approved travel 7-10 days in non-English speaking country
  • A seven-page paper reflecting on the cross cultural experience
Level II Experiences (2 points): complete one of the following.
  • CLST1025CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (no credit). Must enroll and complete the cross cultural lab prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  • Approved travel (e.g.,7-13 day; United States, Canada, international study tour or mission trip)
  • A five-page paper reflecting on the cross cultural experience


  • Level two Intercultural Lab (enroll in corresponding intercultural lab when registering for one of the courses listed below).
  • 10-15 contact hours
  • A five-page paper reflecting on the cross cultural experience

BSNS4605. Global Business Strategies (3) and BSNS4605CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2) and EDUC2250CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

EDUC3315. Teaching English Language Learners (1) and EDUC3315CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

PRTH2405. Christian Missions (3) and PRTH2405CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

PRTH3755. Compassionate Ministries (3) and PRTH3755CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

NURS4114. Nursing of Diverse Communities and Populations (4) and NURS4114CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)

SOGY1015. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3) and SOGY1015CC. Intercultural Lab Level 2 (0)