GENERAL EDUCATION CORE


The General Education Core Curriculum is rooted in the republican tradition of responsible and virtuous citizenship that informs modern, pluralistic civil societies and in the Judeo-Christian tradition, with its emphasis on compassion for others and respect for the dignity and worth of all persons.


GENERAL EDUCATION DESIGN

Tusculum’s General Education Core Curriculum is designed:

  1. to be an integrated and coherent core curriculum that establishes intellectual common ground through a series of courses and experiences employing both theory and practice;
  2. to incorporate innovative pedagogies that will develop students’ abilities as engaged learners in both the classroom and the community, and
  3. to develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practical wisdom crucial to effective citizenship. Most specifically, Tusculum seeks to graduate individuals who will become engaged in their communities in various ways and who will know how to most effectively achieve the common good and justice in a global context.

GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES

In the general education curriculum, Tusculum students will develop the following skills and practices of citizenship:

  • Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Information Literacy
  • Computer Literacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Self-knowledge
  • Civic Engagement
  • Global Awareness
  • Personal Health and Well-Being

 


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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Arts and Lecture Series – Graduation Requirement/No credit hours.

Earning arts and lecture credit may be one of the most enjoyable efforts a student has towards a degree at Tusculum. Students can enjoy plays, concerts, movies, lectures and exhibits. As part of the General Education core curriculum, students are required to attend two approved events per semester (excluding the summer). Students who have not attended the minimum 12 Arts and Lecture Series events before attaining 90 semester hours will be required to take an additional three-semester-hour General Education course in their senior year to meet graduation requirements.

Use the form below to submit an event for approval in the Arts and Lecture Series.

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

General Education

The College-wide General Education courses are listed below. In many cases, programs of study have elected to establish an individualized list of required general education courses more appropriate for study in the major. Please refer to the individual programs for major-specific general education requirements.

General Education Curriculum (41 hours)

College Success Skills (1 hour)

  • OREN 105 Tusculum Experience
  • OREN 106 Introduction to Student Success

Communication (6 hours Composition and 3 hours Speech required)

  • ENGL 110 Composition and Rhetoric I or validation by ACT/ SAT
  • ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric II or ENGH 111 Composition and Rhetoric II (Honors)
  • SPCH 101 Public Speaking or an interpersonal and/or small group speech

Mathematics

  • MATH 140 Elementary Statistics or a higher level mathematics

Arts and Humanities (6 hours – 3 hours must be in literature)

Literature:

  • ENGL 201 Literature of Sexuality
  • ENGL 204 Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 205 Introduction to Short Fiction
  • ENGL 217 Science Fiction
  • ENGL 219 Theatre of the World
  • ENGL 223 British Literature
  • ENGL 224 American Literature
  • ENGL 225 World Literature
  • ENGL 227 Appalachian Literature
  • ENGL 228 Minority Voices in American Literature
  • ENGL 231 Introduction to Film
  • ENGL 250 Special Topic in Literature

Fine Arts and Humanities:

  • ARTS 110 Introduction to Art
  • ARTS 204 Ancient through Renaissance Art History
  • ARTS 208 Baroque through Modern Art History
  • ENGL 120 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • HNRS 101 Quest for Meaning
  • HUMA 222 Cultural and Literary Heritage of the West I
  • HUMA 223 Cultural and Literary Heritage of the West II
  • MUSC 101 Introduction to Music
  • RELG 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELG 102 Introduction to the New Testament
  • RELG 201 World Religions
  • RELG 230 Hebrew and Christian Traditions
  • THEA 104 Introduction to the Theatre

Natural Science (4 hours – lab required)

  • BIOL 105 Introductory Biology (with laboratory course BIOL 105L)
  • BIOL 110 General Biology I (with laboratory course BIOL 110L)
  • BIOL 120 General Biology II (with laboratory course BIOL 120L)
  • BIOL 251 Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory course BIOL 251L)
  • BIOL 252 Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory course BIOL 252L)
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (with laboratory course CHEM 101L)
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (with laboratory course CHEM 102L)
  • EVSC 111 Environmental Science (with laboratory course EVSC 111L)
  • GEOL 101 Physical Geology (with laboratory course GEOL 101L)
  • NSCI 105 Natural Science (with laboratory course NSCI 105L)
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I (with laboratory course PHYS 201L)
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II (with laboratory course PHYS 202L)

Behavioral Wellness and Social Science (6 hours) – May use only 3 credits from the wellness area)

Social Science:

  • BUSN 201 Principles of Economics I
  • BUSN 202 Principles of Economics II
  • GEOG 200 Introduction to Geography
  • POLS 110 American Government
  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS 230 State and Local Government
  • PSYC 101 Essentials of Psychology
  • PSYC 206 Life-span Development
  • PSYC 299 Special Topics in Psychology
  • SOCI 101 Principles and Social Institutions
  • SOCI 105 Contemporary Social Issues

Wellness:

  • PHED 201 Foundations of Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • PSYC 102 Psychology of Adjustment

History (6 hours)

  • HIST 101 The West and the World I
  • HIST 102 The West and the World II
  • HIST 201 U.S. History Survey I
  • HIST 202 U.S. History Survey II
  • HIST/POLS 280 The History of Representative Government in the Western Tradition

Religion (3 hours) – Must be a different religion course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Arts and Humanities general education core.

  • RELG 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELG 102 Introduction to the New Testament
  • RELG 201 World Religions
  • RELG 230 Hebrew and Christian Traditions

Civic Studies (3 hours) – Must be a different political science course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Social Science general education core.

  • CIVS 251 Citizenship and Social Change
  • CRJU 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • POLS 110 American Government
  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS 230 State and Local Government

Total: 41 hours