General Education Requirements

 

The University’s general education requirements represent a conviction on the part of faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively and relate to the world around them. While courses completed in a particular field of study develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen profession, general education courses not only enhance the awareness of the world and the people in it, but also foster an appreciation of the humanities and provide a basic understanding of mathematical and scientific principles. The basic competencies derived from general education provide a foundation for success in educational and career goals.      

General education courses provide the means by which students learn to think, describe, interpret and analyze the world. Their primary purpose is to educate, rather than train, and to instill a desire for life-long learning, as well as incorporate the Franciscan values of service, reverence and love for all life, joyfulness of spirit, humility and justice.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University graduates will demonstrate these learning outcomes:

  1. Examine service learning experiences in light of the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. 
  2. Identify key ideas in ethics or philosophy.
  3. Make connections between previously learned skills and new situations, between relevant experience and academic knowledge, and across multiple disciplines.
  4. Examine one’s personal calling with respect to the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University definition of vocation and Franciscan values.
  5. Demonstrates skillful use of communicative conventions in professional contexts.

To fulfill the general education requirements, students must complete a specific number of credit hours as prescribed below:

  1. Students completing an associate degree must complete 15 credit hours of coursework, including one service learning project.

  2. Students completing a baccalaureate degree must complete 30 credit hours of coursework, including two service learning projects.

For more information, please visit the Service Learning section of this catalog.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements 

Franciscan Servant Leaders: 3 Credits


THEO 1310* Introduction to Theology

3 Credits
Service Learning ** Must complete at least 3 credit hours of Service Learning in any discipline

Highly Skilled Professionals: 3 Credits

WRIT

3 Credits

Integrated Thinkers: 9 Credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Choose one: ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SOCI

3 Credits

Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH
Choose One: BIOL, CHEM, PHSC, PHYS

3 Credits
3 Credits

*Mission Core Curriculum coursework

** All THEO 1310 sections are offered with Service Learning



 Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements 

Franciscan Servant Leaders: 6 Credits


THEO 1310* Introduction to Theology

3 Credits

Ethics/ Philosophy*

Choose One: PHIL 2315, PHIL 2320, THEO 3345, THEO 3350, THEO 3360

3 Credits

Service Learning ** Must complete at least 6 credit hours of Service Learning in any discipline

Higly Skilled Professionals: 9 Credits

WRIT

3 Credits

COMM 

3 Credits
WRIT or COMM elective 3 Credits

Integrated Thinkers: 15 Credits

Choose One: ENGL, MUSI, ART, HIST, HUMN, PHIL,RELS, THEO

3 Credits
Choose Two: ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLI, PSYC RELS, SOCI 6 Credits

MATH

3 Credits
Choose One: BIOL, CHEM, PHSC, PHYS 3 Credits

*Mission Core Curriculum coursework

** All THEO 1310 sections are offered with Service Learning

Some programs designate a specific science course for this requirement. Students should consult with their advisors before enrolling.

Transfer of General Education Credits

Completing the general education requirements at an accredited college or university will satisfy all of the University’s general education requirements except the mission core curriculum coursework. Particular programs may require additional arts and sciences courses.