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Purpose of General Education

General Education at Lourdes University is designed to give students a liberal, coherent, purposeful education. General Education guides and challenges students to make intellectual discoveries, to search for truth, to develop sound religious and moral perspectives, to become personally and socially responsible adults, to have a sense of commitment to community, and to become lifelong learners.

Through General Education, students acquire proficiency in skills and competencies essential for all college-educated adults. They develop the ability to express ideas clearly and cogently; the ability to think logically and critically; an awareness of the roles of the arts in human culture; the ability to make ethical decisions; an awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity; foundational knowledge of history and its significance; an understanding of scientific principles, technology, and methods; the ability to use and manipulate quantitative data; knowledge of principles and methods necessary for living a healthy life; and empathetic recognition of the religious dimension of human existence.


All students will include as part of their General Education coursework the following:

History (3 credit hours)

Any history course

Literature (3 credit hours)

One of the following:

ENG 200  Introduction to Literature

ENG 211  Postcolonial Literature

ENG 212  Gender and Literature

ENG 213  Multiethnic U.S. Literature

ENG 214  Ecology and Literature

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Any PHL course

Theology (6 credit hours)

First Course: Choose one course from the following

THS 101 Introduction to Religious Studies

THS 125 Theological Foundations

THS 218 Celebrating the Sacraments

THS 220 Introduction to the Old Testament

THS 221 Introduction to the New Testament

THS 235 Survey of Catholic Belief

THS 312 Jesus, the Christ

THS 316 Shape and Mission of the Church

Second Course:

THS 200 level or above

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Any Art or Music Course from the following list:

ART 101 Drawing

ART 102 2-D Design

ART 103 3-D Design

ART 113 Calligraphy

ART 117 Art for the Teachers of Young Children

ART 200 Fibers

ART 206 Digital Arts I

ART 214 Ceramics

ART 216 Digital Photography

ART 221 Oil Painting

ART 223 Watercolor painting

ART 233 Printmaking

ART 241 Ancient and Medieval Art History

ART 260 Workshops in Art

ART 341 Renaissance and Baroque Art History

ART 345 Non-Western Art History

ART 350 Art of Africa

ART 441 19th and 20th Century Art History

ART 442 American Art History

ART 447 History of Women Artists

ART 450 World Architecture

MUS 112 Music Appreciation

MUS 113 Integrating Music into the Early Childhood Classroom

MUS 213 Music Theory and Composition I

Any 100 or 200-level Applied Music course:

  • MUS 104 Violin
  • MUS 105 Piano
  • MUS 106 Guitar
  • MUS 108 Voice
  • MUS 299 Special Topics
  • MUS 312 Advanced Music Appreciation
  • MUS 313` Music Theory and Composition II
  • MUS 314 Music History I
  • MUS 334 Music in Therapy
  • MUS 414 Music History II
  • MUS 307/407 Organ
  • MUS 410 Instrumental Ensembles

MUS 300 or 400 Level Applied Music

THR 101 Introduction to Theatre


Natural Science (3 credit hours)

Any natural science course from the following list:

BIO/BIL 197 Biodiversity & Conservation

BIO 204 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology

BIO 212 Nutrition

BIO 215 Basic Ecology

BIO 216 Seasonal Field Ecology

BIO 319 Consumer Health

CHM 130 Introductory General Chemistry (2)

CHL 130 Introductory General Chemistry Laboratory (1)

CHM 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (3)

CHL 140 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory (1)

CHM 163 Societal Issues and Chemistry

CHM 165 Chemistry of Art

CHM 167 CSI: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

CHM 181 General College Chemistry I (3)

CHL 181 General College Chemistry I Lab (1)

CHM 182 General College Chemistry II (3)

CHL 182 General College Chemistry II Lab (1)

PHS 111 Introduction to Astronomy

PHS 112 Introduction to Earth Sciences

PHS 113 Principles of Physical Sciences

PHS 114 Introduction to Geology

PHS/PLA 201 College Physics I (5)

SCI 150 Lake Erie: Environmental Issues

SCI 170 Survey of Science (would fulfill general education for education majors only)

Social Science (3 credit hours)

Any social science course from the following list:

PSY 110 General Psychology

PSY 210 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

BUS 200 Introduction to Economics

BUS 251 Economics and Social Issues

BUS 254 Macroeconomics

BUS 255 Microeconomics

EDU 250 Educational Psychology

PLS 122 American National Government

PLS 201 Modern Political Thought

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 202 Social Problems

SOC 301 Urban Life and Development

SOC 304 Multicultural Diversity

SOC 412 Human Sexuality

SOC 420 Poverty and Justice Issues

SOC 441 Violence in Intimate Relationships

SWK 111 Introduction to Social Work

SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives

SWK 210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

SWK 223 Substance Abuse Perspectives and Services

SWK 317 Families

SWK 318 Behavioral Health Perspectives and Services

SWK 413 Practice Oriented Research

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree will take 12 credits in addition to those listed above for the University:

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

A second Fine Arts course may be taken; however, the second course must be from a department different from the first course taken. For example: if the first course was in Art, then the second course must be from Music or Theatre; if the first course was in Music, then the second course must be from Art or Theatre; if the first course was in Theatre, then the second course must be in Art or Music.

Any course listed under Fine Arts qualifies.

History (3 credit hours)

Any history course

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

MTH 110 or higher

Science (3 credit hours)

A second course listed above in the natural and social sciences.