General Education Program

Adult and Professional 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 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.

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

Cr.

BIBL1120

Survey of the Bible

3

THEO2120

Survey of Christian Theology

3

BIBL3130

New Testament Studies

3

PHIL3120

Philosophical Concepts

3

Humanities

16 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

HUMN4010

Capstone

1

Sciences

15 Credits

KINE1000

Fundamentals of Wellness

1

KINE1020

Heart Healthy Activities

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

Mathematics

Natural Science

Social Science

Intellectual and Practical Skills

9 Credits

ENGL1020

English Composition

3

ENGL2020

Research Writing and Critical Thinking

3

COMM1210 

Intro to Public Speaking 

3

Math Proficiency

Satisfactory score on the mathematics portion of the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS

0

Cross Cultural Experience

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)

BIBL1120. Survey of the Bible (3)

To be completed during the first 3 semesters of residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

THEO2120. Survey of Christian Theology (3) 

To be completed by end of the fifth semester of residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

BIBL3130. New Testament Studies (3)

Students transferring to Northwest Nazarene University as juniors (60 credits) must complete 6 semester credits in biblical and theological studies which will include THEO2120 and BIBL1120 or BIBL3130. Students transferring as seniors (90 credits) must complete only THEO2120.

PHIL3120. Philosophical Concepts (3)

 

II. Humanities (16 credits)

HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)

To be completed the first semester in residence, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Literature Elective (3)

Select one course from:

ENGL3240. Studies in American Literature: (3)

ENGL3340. Studies in British Literature: (3)

ENGL3440. Studies in World Literature: (3)

ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3) 

Art History/Music History Elective (3)

Select one course from:

ARDE1190. Introduction to Visual Arts (3)

MUSC1010. A Survey of Art and Music (3) 

History Electives (one U. S. and one non-U. S.) (6)

Select one U.S. history course from:

HIST2030. Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)

HIST2040. Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (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) 

BSNS4980. Senior Seminar In Business (3)

EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1)

HUMN4010. Capstone (1)

THEO4905. Religion Capstone (1) 

III. Sciences (15 credits)

KINE1000. Fundamentals of Wellness (1)

KINE1020. Heart Healthy Activity (1)

Natural Science Elective to include a laboratory (4)

Select one natural science lecture and corresponding laboratory course. (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHYS)

BIOL1060. Human Biology (3); and,

BIOL1060L. Human Biology Lab (1)

BIOL1040. Environmental Science (3)

CHEM1060. Chemistry for Citizens (3); and,

CHEM1060L. Chemistry for Citizens Lab (1)

PHYS1060. Descriptive Astronomy (3); and,

PHYS1060L. Descriptive Astronomy Lab (1)

Social Science Elective (3)

Select one social science course (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOGY)

SOGY1010. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3)

GEOG1050. Intro to Geography (3)

PSYC1550. Intro to Psychology (3)

Additional Science Electives (6)

Select two additional courses from two of the following three areas:

1. Mathematics (3)

BSNS3330. Mathematics for Business and Finance (3)
MATH1100. Liberal Arts Mathematics (3)
Or any MATH prefixed course numbered 1000 or higher

2. Natural Science (3)

Natural science (BIOL, CHEM, NSCI, PHYS prefixed courses)

3. Social Science (3)

Social science (ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOGY)

IV. Intellectual and Practical Skills (9 credits)

ENGL1020. English Composition (3)
To be completed by end of first year of residence. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

ENGL2020. Research Writing and Critical Thinking (3)
To be completed by end of first year of residence. 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)
One of the following minimum test scores. Test scores must have been obtained within the previous five years.

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

ACT Math Score of 21 or higher

SAT Math Score of 550 or higher

COMPASS Algebra Score of 50 or higher

Completion of an approved college level math course

V. Cross Cultural Experience 

One experience from Tier I; or
One experience from Tier II; or
Two experiences from Tier III 

Tier I Experiences:

  1. Completion of CLST1001L. Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  2. 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
  3. A ten page paper reflecting on the cross-cultural experience

Tier II Experiences: 

Option 1:

  1. Completion of CLST1002L. Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  2. Approved travel (e.g.,7-13 day;  United States, Canada, international study tour or mission trip)
  3. A five page paper reflecting on the cross-cultural experience

Option 2:

  1. Completion of CLST1002L. Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross cultural experience
  2. Any of the following approved courses (includes 10-15 contact hours and a five page paper):
    • BSNS4600. Global Business Strategies (3)
    • EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
    • PRTH2405. Christian Missions (3)

Tier III Experiences: 

Option 1: 

  1. Completion of CLST1003L. Intercultural Lab prior to ten hours of approved cross-cultural contact experience
  2. Two approved "stand-alone" experiences
  3. Two five page papers (one for each experience) reflecting on the cross-cultural experience

Option 2:

  1. Completion of CLST1003L. Intercultural Lab prior to ten hours of approved cross-cultural contact experience
  2. One approved "stand-alone" experience such as the Native American Powwow, Conversation Partners, Multi-cultural mentors, immersion in local culture, and approved individually planned experiences
  3. A five page paper reflecting on the cross-cultural experience
  4. The following approved course (includes 5-10 contact hours and a five page paper):
  • SOGY1010. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3)