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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
ENG 215  Sports in Literature

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Any PHL course

Theology  (6 credit hours)

First Course: one of the following

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 265   Christian Ethics
THS 299   Apologetics: Is Christianity True?
THS 312   Jesus, the Christ
THS 316   Shape and Mission of the Church

Second Course: Any other THS course
(Note that if THS 101 was taken as a first course,THS 105 cannot be taken to fulfill the second course requirement.)

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 201    Music in Culture
MUS 202    Music in Film
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 120    Instrumental Ensembles
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 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      Science 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 twelve 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 above 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 or social sciences.