The General Education Requirement

Students entering prior to summer or fall 2012 should refer to an earlier catalog for general education requirements.

The general education core curriculum is the heart of the Christian liberal arts education at Lipscomb University. The mission and purpose of this program is to structure academic exploration in a Christian context as a foundation for a life of learning and service in a diverse global environment. The mission and purpose of general education at Lipscomb University is accomplished by a curriculum that prepares students to engage in the tradition of conversation in the academy through course work in writing and speaking; cultivate curiosity that transcends disciplinary boundaries through multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work; think critically and ethically through Foundations course work, multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work, and through the Bible curriculum; understand and evaluate ways of knowing by making connections between academic areas through multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work; and live in a diverse world with integrity and compassion through Engagement course work that connects world issues to a student’s major academic area.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music degree will also be required to complete additional hours in a foreign language; those pursuing the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be required to complete additional hours in math and/or science.

The specific requirements are as follows:

  1. Foundations - 26 hours
  2. Bible (BI 1073, BI 1083, BI 1093 must be taken in sequence) - 9 hours
  3. LU Seminar (LU 1103) - 3 hours
  4. Composition (EN 1313) - 3 hours
  5. Communication (CO 1003 or other approved course*) - 3 hours
  6. Wellness (PE 2012 or two different activity courses) - 3 hours
  7. Science with lab (Students may satisfy this requirement with a biological (biology) or physical science (astronomy, chemistry or physics) course with lab, LUMS with lab - 3 hours
  8. Math (excludes non-credit, developmental courses)
  9. Explorations - 12 hours

Students must satisfy the requirement by taking at least one course in each of the following four areas. At least six hours (two of the four areas) must be fulfilled by integrated course work. The prerequisites listed apply to integrated course work. Existing prerequisites apply for traditional course work used to fulfill the requirement.

(Part or all of the Explorations integrated courses requirement may be satisfied by a Lipscomb semester-long global learning program. Other global learning courses may satisfy general education requirements and/or major/minor requirements, depending on the nature and context of the course.)

  • Math/Science (LUMS 2xn3) - 3 hours

(Prereqs: LU 1103 and Foundations math and science courses; ACT Math=19, SAT Math = 460, or MA 1020) Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes math or science. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking three hours from the following: math, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, or ESS 1013 or ESS 2013.

  • Literature (LULT 2xn3) - 3 hours

(Prereq: EN 1313) Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes literature. Students may also satisfy these requirements by taking three hours from this list of approved courses: EN 2113, EN 2123, EN 2133, EN 2143, EN 2153 or EN 2163.

  • History (LUHI 2xn3) - 3 hours

Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes history. Students may also satisfy these requirements by taking three hours from this list of approved courses: HI 1013, HI 1023, HI 1113, HI 1123,HI 2213 or HI 2223.

  • Social Science (LUSS 2xn3) - 3 hours

Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes a social science. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking three hours from the following: psychology, sociology, economics, political science, law, justice & society (LJS 2103) and philosophy (PL 1003, PL 2013, PL 3433).

  1. Engagements (LUEG 3xn3) - 3 hours

(Prereqs: Minimum of 60 hours earned credit)

A multidisciplinary course, co-taught by at least one faculty member and faculty or professionals from other disciplines, that investigates a particular theme, using insights, methods and habits of thought from the liberal arts (math, sciences, humanities, and the fine arts), Bible and other academic disciplines to connect a student’s major to the theme through project-based learning. This course meets an elective Bible requirement.?

  1. Additional requirements - 6 hours

Bible: One of the following (BI 3213, BI 3433, or BI 4213) and one elective course (or substitute listed within the major) - 6 hours

  1. SALT - 2 service-learning experiences

No more than one experience can come from Tier I. At least one experience must come from Tier II or Tier III.

  1. Additional hours for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Professional Studies, and Bachelor of Science degrees:

Bachelor of Arts: Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete eight semester hours of a single foreign language. (For proper scheduling, it should be taken no later than the sophomore year.)

Bachelor of Music: Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree (with concentrations in performance or composition only-i.e., not music education majors) must complete eight semester hours of a single foreign language. (For proper scheduling, it should be taken no later than the sophomore year.)

Bachelor of Professional Studies: Candidates for the Bachelor of Professional Studies must complete six semester hours of CORE credit.

Bachelor of Science: Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete a total of 15 semester hours of mathematics and/or science. Courses may be chosen from the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, integrated science, mathematics, physics and engineering.

Notes:

  1. Any student who has developed competence in any of the above areas may achieve credit by examination—CBAPE, CLEP or course examination—by taking the examination prior to taking a college course in the same area of study.
  2. Transfer students general education requirements General education requirements for students transferring to Lipscomb University will be determined by the following criteria:
    1. Transferring 1-30 hours - full program (Some accommodation may be necessary if Explorations areas have been fulfilled through traditional course work.)
    2. Transferring more than 30 hours - All subject area requirements must be met including participation in at least the Engagements course. Accommodations may be necessary if Explorations areas have been fulfilled through traditional course work. Explorations areas not met will be satisfied through integrated courses up to two integrated courses. For Bible requirements, see the Bible Requirement section of the catalog.
    3. Associate Degree Transfers (Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions) - Follow criteria in the transcript section of undergraduate catalog. For Bible requirements, see the Bible Requirement section of the catalog.
    4. Associate Degree transfers (non-TBR institutions) - see No. 2 above.
  3. Teacher education students should see the Office of Teacher Education for special requirements in general education.