General Education Courses

Carolina University’s general education program is designed to prepare students for success in a variety of professional settings and to provide a base of learning to manage the complexities of living in an ever-changing world. At a minimum, the general education program at CU seeks to provide a breadth and depth of knowledge in areas outside a student’s major to prepare them for success in the major and for further studies. This philosophy is underpinned by an understanding that students need knowledge beyond their immediate discipline in order to make sense of the world around them and to become successful in employment contexts that require a diverse set of hard and soft skills. As the modern professional world continues to experience disruptions due to technology and other factors, students need to possess foundational disciplinary and connective knowledge to help them become expert professionals in their area of expertise and lifelong learners who are able to adapt as the world around them changes. 

To be sure, Carolina University did not determine its general education program in a vacuum. Whilst there are similarities to programs at other institutions, Carolina University’s general education program emphasizes a closer connection to success in the employment market upon graduation and preparation for lifelong professional success in the future workplace environment. 

In cataloging the courses that are necessary to provide a valuable general education program, the university relies on benchmarking against other higher education institutions, research about the future of work, employment projections, estimations about future skills gaps, surveys from employers, and other relevant data. Based on research, Carolina University has established a general education program that enables graduates to possess the following capabilities: 
1.    oral and written communication;
2.    research and information retrieval;
3.    reasoning, logic, and knowledge synthesis;
4.    numeracy and quantitative analysis;
5.    ethics and diversity awareness;
6.    a sound foundation in business, technology, social, natural, and physical sciences.

To that end, Carolina University’s general education program requires the completion of the following compulsory courses:

•    One math course (Most students take GC 111 - Mathematics IGC 203 - College Algebra or GC 205 - Calculus I)
•    GE 101 - English Composition I
•    GE 102 - English Composition II
•    GT 103 - Learning & Technology

In addition, students are expected to complete:

1.    A minimum of two courses in the Arts and Humanities (BH 100 - Introduction to the Bible and BT 100 - Introduction to Christianity are required) worth at least 6 credits in total from courses including:

BH 100 - Introduction to the Bible
BH 103 - Survey of the Bible
BH 203 - Biblical Interpretation: Procedure and Practice
BT 100 - Introduction to Christianity
BN 102 - New Testament Survey
BN 220 - Gospels
BO 101 - Old Testament Survey
BP 102 - Christian Ethics
BT 203 - Apologetics
CM 201 - Public Speaking
EN 201 - Survey of British Literature I
EN 202 - Survey of British Literature II
EN 205 - Fantasy Literature
EN 210 - Gothic Literature
GF 102 - Survey of Fine Arts (Art)
GF 220 - Graphic Design
GH 101 - Survey of World History I
GH 102 - Survey of World History II
GH 201 - United States History to 1865
GH 202 - United States History since 1865
GH 204 - American Government
GH 210 - History of Crime & Criminal Justice
GH 301 - Cultural Geography
IC101 - Introduction to Missions

2.    A minimum of two courses in the Physical and Natural Sciences worth at least 6 credits in total from courses including:

BG110 - Biology I
BG 210 - Biology II
BG 220 - Genetics with Seminar
CH 110 - General Chemistry I
CH 115 - General Chemistry II
GC 215 - Food Chemistry
PH 235 - COVID-19 & Society
PH 301 - Introduction to Public Health
PY 210 - General Physics I
PY 215 - General Physics II

3.    A minimum of two courses in the Social Sciences worth at least 6 credits in total from courses including:

CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 102 - Crime in America
CJ 103 - Current Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice 
CJ 104 - Criminology: Crime, Theory & Criminal Behavior
CJ 212 - Crime and the Law
CJ 222 - Digital Skills & Criminal Justice
GH 310 - International Relations
GO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
PS 101 - Introduction to Psychology
PS 102 - Developmental Psychology
PS 103 - Behavior Modification
PS 201 - Sports Psychology
PS 210 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
PS 230 - Psychology of Women
PS 250 - Psychology of Persuasion
PS 260 - Psychology of Law
SO 240 - Social Psychology
SO 280 - Gender and Society
SW 301 - Introduction to Social Work

4.    A minimum of two courses related to business or technology worth at least 6 credits from courses including:

CS 105 - Introduction to Computer Science
CS 110 - Programming I
CS 150 - Scripting
EN 215 - Technical Writing
ES 210 - Introduction to Esports
ES 220 - Contemporary Issues in Esports
GS 201 - Principles of Speech
IS 305 - Introduction to Information Systems
IS310 - Introduction to Network Technology
IS330 - Introduction to Data Science
MG 111 - Introduction to Management
MG 113 - Introduction to Marketing
MG 210 - Introduction to Statistics
MG 211 - Economics I
MG 245 - Management Information Systems
MG 305 - Influencers
MG 322 - Entrepreneurship
SM 201 - Sports Psychology
SM 301 - Sports and Event Management
SM 305 - Sports Information and Public Relations
SM 315 - Sports Business Management