General Education Curriculum & Degree Requirements

37 Hours - Required of All Students

The general education degree curriculum outlined below applies to new full-time students enrolling during the 2015-2016 academic year. Students previously enrolled full-time will complete the General Education curriculum as defined in earlier catalogs. If you are looking for a bachelor's degree in general studies, your career trajectory may benefit from this program.
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 general studies major 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 general studies 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 MSMN 135 or MSMN 136)

  • MSMN 133 Church History
  • MSMN 135 Old Testament Survey
  • MSMN 136 New Testament Survey
  • MSMN 233 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • MSMN 339 World Religions
II - Writing Competence

 (6 Hours)

  • ENGL 131 English Composition 
  • ENGL 132 English Composition II
III - Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning

 (7 Hours)

A. Mathematics (3 hours)

Any one of the following five courses:

  • MATH 131 College Mathematics
  • MATH 132 College Algebra
  • MATH 136 Precalculus
  • MATH 140 Calculus I
  • MATH 240 Calculus II
  • Integrated Studies Course


Or both of the following courses:

  • MATH 130 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher I
  • MATH 230 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher II
B. Science (4 hours)
  • BIOL 130 General Biology
    BIOL 110 General Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology
    BIOL 113 Intro. to Population Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 134 Introduction to Cellular Biology
    BIOL 114 Intro. to Cellular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 231 Environmental Science
  • CHEM 140 Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • PHYS 137 Physical Science
    PHYS 117 Physical Science Laboratory
  • PHYS 140 Astronomy
  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • Integrated Studies Course
IV - Historical and Cultural Understanding

 (6 Hours)

A. History (3 hours)
  • HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
  • HIST 231 American History to 1877
  • Integrated Studies Course
B. Culture (3 hours)
  • BADM 135 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • FREN 135 French Popular Culture
  • SPAN 135 Hispanic Popular Culture
  • POLS 131 Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 233 American National Government
  • POLS 235 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSYC 131 Basic Psychology
  • Integrated Studies Course
V - Aesthetic Appreciation

 (6 hours representing two departments)

  • ART 131 Art Appreciation
  • ART 132 Ancient To Gothic Art
  • ART 133 Renaissance to Modern Art
  • ART 134 Drawing I
  • ENGL 330 Literary Studies
  • ENGL 331 English Literature through 1660
  • ENGL 332 English Literature 1660-1830
  • ENGL 333 English Literature since 1830
  • ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
  • ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
  • MUPR 109-112, 114-116, 119 Music Ensemble or Band
  • MUSC 130 Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 335 World Music
  • THTR 130 Introduction to Theatre
  • Integrated Stuides Course
VI - Social and Professional Awareness

 (6 hours representing two departments)

  • BMIS 130 Introduction to Application Software;
  • COMM 130 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications - OR -
  • COMM 131 Introduction to Mass Media - OR - 
  • COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking  - OR - 
  • JOUR 130 Introduction to Journalism & Public Relations;
  • HLTH 236 Health and Wellness;
  • SOCI 131 Introduction to Sociology - OR -
  • CRJS 131 Introduction to Criminal Justice  - OR -
  • HSRV 131 Survey of Human Services;
  • Integrated Studies Course

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General Education Degree Requirements

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-five 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.