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The General Education Program

According to the 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 the 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.

Standard 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
BIBL1100 Intro to Biblical Studies 3
THEO2100 Intro to Christian Theology 3
BIBL/THEO Approved UD Bib Lit or Theology Elective 3
PHIL Approved Philosophy Elective 3

Humanities - 16 Credits

Course Code Course Name Credits
HUMN1010 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
HUMN Capstone 3

Intellectual - 9 Credits

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENGL1030 University Writing and Research 3
ENGL3015 Topics in Writing (or a course with a W designation) 3
COMM1210 or COMM1211 Intro to Public Speaking or Technical Communication 3
Math Proficiency Satisfactory score on the mathematics portion of the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer Tests 0
Cross Cultural Requirement Completion of Cross Cultural Experience(s), Intercultural Lab(s), and Reflection Paper(s) 0

Sciences - 15 Credits

Course Code Course Name Credits
KINE1000 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:
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
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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)

BIBL1100. 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.
THEO2100. 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, THEO prefixed 3 credit courses. Two credit BIBL, THEO courses do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Students transferring to Northwest Nazarene University as juniors (60 credits) must complete 6 semester credits in biblical and theological studies which will include THEO2100 and a BIBL elective. Students transferring as seniors (90 credits) must complete only THEO2100.

Philosophy Elective (3)
Select one course from:

  • PHIL2010. Introduction of Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
  • PHIL3010. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
  • PHIL3520. Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHIL3600. Clinical Ethics (3)
  • PHIL3620. Science and Religion: How Modern Science Impacts Christian Faith (3)

II. Humanities (16 credits)

HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
To be completed during the first semester of residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
Literature Elective (3)
Select one course:

  • ENGL2210. American Literature: Colonial Period to the Civil War (3)
  • ENGL2220. American Literature: Civil War to the Present (3)
  • ENGL2310. British Literature: Beowulf through the Age of Reason (3)
  • ENGL2320. British Literature: The Romantic Age to the Present (3)
  • ENGL2410. Major Literature of the Western World (3)
  • ENGL2420. World Literature: The Ancient World to the Renaissance (3)
  • ENGL2430. World Literature: The Enlightenment to the Modern Era (3)
  • ENGL3210. Major Authors in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL3250. The American Novel (3)
  • ENGL3310. Major Authors in British Literature (3)
  • ENGL3320. Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL3350. The British Novel (3)
  • ENGL3410. Greek and Roman Classics (3)
  • ENGL3420. Foreign Literature in Translation (3)
  • ENGL3510. Twentieth Century Poetry (3)
  • ENGL3520. Twentieth Century Drama (3)
  • ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3)
  • ENGL4270. Minority Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL4340. Major Romantics and Victorians (3)
  • ENGL4350. British Poetry Before 1700 (3)

Art History/Music History Elective (3)
Select one course:

  • ARDE1010. A Survey of Art and Music (3)
  • ARDE3250. Art History 1 (3)
  • ARDE3340. Design History (3)
  • ARDE3750. Art History 2 (3)
  • ARDE4250. Contemporary Art History (3)
  • MUSC1010. A Survey of Art and Music (3)
  • MUSC3260. Music History: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque (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:

  • HIST1070. American History Survey (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)
  • HIST3850. British and American Victorians (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)
  • HIST3850. British and American Victorians (3)

Capstone: Completion of one of the following capstone courses approved by the General Education Council (1)

  • ARDE4950. Engaging Art and Faith (3)
  • BIOL4970. Pre-Physical Therapy Capstone (1)
  • BIOL4980. Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)
  • BSNS4980. Senior Seminar In Business (3)
  • CHEM4980. Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)
  • CLST4010. Capstone (1)
  • COMM4980. Seminar in Communication Studies (1)
  • COMP4980. Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)
  • CRIM4010. Capstone (1)
  • EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1)
  • ENGL4980. Senior Seminar (1-3)
  • ENGR4972. Senior Design Project II/Capstone (2)
  • HIST4970. Senior Thesis and Capstone (4)
  • HUMN4010. Capstone (1)
  • KINE4970. Kinesiology Senior Capstone (1)
  • MUSC4000. Music Capstone Seminar (1)
  • NURS4040. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice/Capstone (4)
  • PHIL4900. Philosophy Capstone (1)
  • PHYS4980. Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)
  • POLS4970. Senior Thesis and Capstone (4)
  • PSYC4010. Capstone (1)
  • SOGY4010. Capstone (1)
  • SOWK4981. Senior Field Seminar (1)
  • SPAN4010. Capstone (1)
  • THEO4900. Religion Capstone (1)

III. Sciences (15 credits)

KINE1000. Fundamentals of Wellness (1)
KINE1000L. Fundamentals of Wellness Lab (0)
KINE Activity Course (1)
Select one course from:

  • KINE1020. Heart Healthy Activity
  • KINE1030. Lifetime Sport Activity
  • KINE1010. Adapted Physical Education (1)
  • MILS2500. Military Style Fitness (1)
  • KINE2640. Kinesiology Majors Activity Laboratory (1)
    (This course is only open to kinesiology majors.)
  • KINE2770. HH: Competitive Athletics (1)
    (This course is only open to students participating in collegiate competitive athletics.)

Natural Science Elective to include a laboratory (4)
Select one natural science lecture and corresponding laboratory course.

  • Natural science 
Any NSCI prefixed course and lab
Any PHYS prefixed course and lab
BIOL1010 and BIOL1010L Introduction to Biology
BIOL1040 and BIOL1040L Environmental Science
BIOL1060 and BIOL1060L Human Biology Lab
BIOL2010 and BIOL2010L Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL2010 and BIOL2030L Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL2220 and BIOL2220L General Biology I
BIOL2230 and BIOL2230L General Biology II
BIOL2300 Idaho Amphibians
BIOL2320 Idaho Birds of Prey
BIOL3250 and BIOL3250L Tropical Biology
CHEM1060 and CHEM1060L Chemistry for Citizens
CHEM1210 and CHEM1210L Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM2210 and CHEM2210L General Chemistry I
CHEM2220 and CHEM2220L General Chemistry II
 

Social Science Elective (3)
Select one course from:

  • Select one social science course (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, CLTA, SOGY, or COMM2030)

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

  1. Mathematics
    A MATH prefixed course numbered 1000 or higher, or one of the following courses approved by the General Education Council.
    • BSNS2330. Math for Business and Finance (3)
    • KINE4520. Tests and Measurements in Physical Education (3)
  2. Natural Science
    • Natural science (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHYS prefixed courses)
  3. Social Science
    • Social science (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOGY, or COMM2030)

IV. Intellectual and Practical Skills (9 credits)

ENGL1030. 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 (3)
or: any ENGL course with a W designation (3) Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3) or COMM1211. Technical Communication (3)
Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
Mathematics Proficiency (0)*
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 Elementary Algebra Score of 74 or higher
  • Completion of an approved college level math course

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

V. Cross Cultural Experience  

Students are required to complete 4 points of Cross Cultural Experiences. This may be accomplished in any combination of the following experiences (i.e. one level 3 experience plus one level 1 experience would complete the requirement):

Level IV Experience (4 points) complete the following:

  • CLST1004CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) 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:
  • CLST1003CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) 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 the following:

  • Intercultural Lab 2 (no credit) prior to participating in a Cross Cultural Experience
  • Approved US/Canada travel experience
  • A five page paper reflecting on the cross cultural experience

OR

  • 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
BSNS4600. Global Business Strategies (3) and BSNS4600CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CHIN2010. Intermediate Chinese (4) and CHIN2010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CHIN2020. Intermediate Chinese (4) and CHIN2020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CLST1020. Dynamics of Intercultural Dialogue (2) and CLST1020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CLST3960. Cultural Studies Field Experience (1-3) and CLST3960CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CLTA1550. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3) and CLTA1550CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
CLTA2030. Intercultural Communication (3) and CLTA2030CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
COMM4200. Intercultural Communication and COMM4200CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2) and EDUC2250CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
EDUC3310. Teaching English Language Learners (1) EDUC3310CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
EDUC3410. Engl;ish Language Learners and Content Literacy in Secondary Classrooms (3) EDUC3410CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
FREN1020. Elementary French (4) and FREN1020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
FREN2010. Intermediate French (4) and FREN2010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
FREN2020. Intermediate French (4) and FREN2020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
MILS3900. Leadership Practicum in a Culturally Diverse Environment (6) and MILS3900CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2 
NURS4010. Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community (4) and NURS4010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
PRTH2400. Introduction to Christian Missions (3) and PRTH2400CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
PRTH3750. Compassionate Ministries (2) and PRTH3750CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
SOGY3180. Race, Class and Gender (3) and SOGY3180CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
SPAN1020. Elementary Spanish (4) and SPAN1020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
SPAN2010. Intermediate Spanish (4) and SPAN2010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
SPAN2020. Intermediate Spanish (4) and Span2020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2
SPAN3010. Advanced Conversation and Composition (3) and SPAN3010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 2

Level I Experiences (1 point) complete the following:

  • Intercultural Lab 1 (no credit) prior to participating in a stand-alone Cross Cultural Experience
  • 5-10 hours approved Cross Cultural Experience
  • A five page paper reflecting on the Cross Cultural Experience

OR

  • Level one Intercultural Lab (enroll in corresponding Intercultural Lab when registering for one of the courses listed below).
  • 5 - 10 contact hours
  • A five page paper reflecting on the Cross Cultural Experience
ARDE4950. Engaging Art & Faith (3) and ARDE4950CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
CHIN1010. Elementary Chinese (2) and CHIN1010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
CHIN1020. Elementary Chinese (2) and CHIN1020CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
CHIN1030. Elementary Chinese (3) and CHIN1030CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
CLST2960. Cultural Studies Practicum (1) and CLST2960CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
FREN1010. Elementary French (4) and FREN1010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
PSYC4112. Human Diversity (3) and PSYC4112CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
REST3570. Exploring World Religions (2) and REST3570CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
SOWK2851. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (2) and SOWK2851CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1
SOWK2970. Urban Field Experience (1) and SOWK2970CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1

SPAN1010. Elementary Spanish (4) and SPAN1010CC (0) Intercultural Lab 1

 
 

Additional Note:
Interdisciplinary courses may be offered periodically which will satisfy two general education requirements with one course. Completion of interdisciplinary courses will reduce the number of credits required to satisfy the general education requirements. However, the student must still complete 124 overall credits and 32 upper division credits to satisfy graduation requirements.