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The General Education curriculum outlined below applies to new full-time students enrolling during the 2010-2011 academic year. Students previously enrolled full-time will complete the General Education curriculum as defined in earlier catalogs.

Integrated Studies Courses. As part of the General Education curriculum, students must take one Integrated Studies course in place of the “standard” general education courses listed below, and they have the option of taking a second Integrated Studies course as a substitution in another area of the curriculum. Integrated Studies courses are available in Sections I, III, IV, V, and VI of the General Education curriculum. These courses are special topics upper-level courses open to juniors and seniors. Integrated Studies courses have no prerequisites. Some of these courses are team-taught, cross-disciplinary courses. These newly developed courses reflect the University’s commitment to nurturing critical thinking and problem-solving. In some cases Integrated Studies courses will also count in a major or minor. Integrated Studies courses are designated with a 40X course number (ART 401, BIOL 403, etc.) and the area of the General Education curriculum which each serves is identified in the course descriptions later in this catalog.


I - Christian Faith (6 Hours including either RELG 135 or RELG 136)


II - Writing Competence (6 Hours)

III - Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning (7 Hours)

A. Mathematics (3 hours)

Any one of the following five courses:

Or both of the following courses:

B. Science (4 hours)

IV - Historical and Cultural Understanding (6 Hours)

A. History (3 hours)

B. Culture (3 hours)

V - Aesthetic Appreciation (6 hours representing two departments)

VI - Social and Professional Awareness (6 hours representing two departments)


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Believing there is a commonality of learning essential to enable the individual to function intelligently, University of the Cumberlands seeks to provide those learning experiences through which the student will gain knowledge and develop skills requisite for abundant living.

The general requirements for graduation from the University of the Cumberlands are the completion of at least 128 semester hours including General Education. Each program presented for graduation must include:

  1. a major and 15 semester hours of Restricted Electives; or
  2. a major and a minor; or
  3. two majors; or
  4. three minors; or
  5. an area of concentration; or
  6. a major and professional education coursework for teacher certifi cation program (less student teaching); or
  7. an approved Independent Directions program.

Other Degree Requirements

  1. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all courses taken.

  2. All courses taken in the major or an area of concentration must have a grade of “C” or higher. A student earning a grade of “D” in a course in his/her major must repeat the course or the department head may select a substitute course. If the substitute course is elected then the original course may not be used to meet any graduation requirement but will be used in calculating the grade point average.

  3. Students selecting the three minor option must present grades of “C” or higher for all courses taken in the minors.

  4. Grades of “D” in the minor are acceptable provided the average for all courses taken in the minor is 2.00 or better. Grades of “D” are not acceptable in the three minor option.

  5. A minimum of 36 semester hours numbered 300 or above are required for graduation.

  6. A candidate for graduation must have earned 30 of the last 36 hours in residence at University of the Cumberlands.

  7. At least twenty-fi ve percent of the total semester hours in any degree requirement must be completed at University of the Cumberlands.

  8. The criteria for selecting courses which may be used in the Restricted Elective area are as follows:

  • no course may be selected if that course can be used as a part of the student’s major;

  • the courses must be at or above the 300 level;

  • no course may be used as part of the General Education Curriculum and as part of the Restricted Electives;

  • no more than two courses may be taken from any one department.

  1. Students must submit Planned Program prior to completing 79 hours.