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.


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.


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

College Success Skills

  • Application of learning beyond the classroom: Students will create pathways for success leading up to and post-graduation by fostering early connections to institutional personnel and resources.

  • Civic Engagement and competence: Students will develop the ability to become an informed participant in civic processes.

2A Writing

  • Writing: Students will develop writing facility in a variety of modes for distinct audiences.

  • Information Literacy: Students will evaluate the credibility of sources in using them to construct written arguments.

2B Public Speaking

  • Writing: Students will structure evidence to convincingly support their arguments.

  • Public Speaking: Students will create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context.
  • Public Speaking: Students will evaluate personal communication strengths and weaknesses


  • Mathematical Reasoning: Students will explain information presented in mathematical forms.

  • Problem Solving: Students will solve equations at the appropriate course level.

Arts and Humanities

  • Self-Knowledge: Students will identify their place within broader cultural and artistic traditions.

  • Contextualizing Cultural Transmission: Students will describe how different mediums have been used to affect the transmission of culture over time.

Natural Science

  • Scientific Inquiry: Students will graph scientific data.

  • Written Scientific Communication: Students will produce a scientific laboratory report using the IMRAD structure.

Social Science & Behavioral Wellness

  • Content Knowledge of social sciences: Students will explain the core concepts of their chosen field of study in the social sciences.

  • Critical Thinking and analytic reasoning skills: Students will appraise relevant arguments from their chosen field of study in the social sciences.


  • Knowledge of Historical Change: Student will explain historical change using chronological arguments.

  • Critical Thinking Skills pertaining to Primary Source Materials: Students will evaluate how the presentation of events in primary sources is shaped by the authors’ perspective.


  • Critical Thinking and analytic reasoning skills: Students will evaluate arguments arising from various authoritative religious texts.

  • Self-Knowledge: Students will recognize their own theological commitments on the basis of informed self-reflection.

Civic Studies

  • Civic Engagement and competence: Students will appraise citizen participation in civic processes.

  • Knowledge of Diversity in America: Students will summarize the disparate viewpoints prevalent in contemporary American Society pertaining to community relations.


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

The Arts and Lecture Series is a graduation requirement for all students enrolled in an undergraduate Traditional Studies degree program. Examples of approved events include: plays, concerts, movies, lectures and exhibits. As part of the General Education curriculum, Traditional Studies students are required to attend two approved events per semester (excluding the summer). Students may “bank” an additional two events each year. Transfer student events are pro-rated based on the number of hours accepted in transfer by the University Registrar as follows:

HOURS Required Events
0-30 hours 16
31-59 hours 12
60-89 hours 8
90 hours and above 4

Traditional Studies students who have more than four remaining Arts and Lecture Series events by the time they reach 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.

Associate of Arts in General Studies (60 semester hours)

Students can earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree, which may also be applied to any four-year program. Students in the Associate of Arts program take the 42 hour General Education Curriculum, as well as a minimum of 18 hours of elective courses that can be concentrated in a major area or taken in a variety of major areas as a way of exploration of potential career paths. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be earned at Tusculum for the Associate degree. See Associate in General Studies in the programs listing for specific course requirements.


General Education

The University-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. Unless specified as required by the major, core requirement deficiencies, except Composition II, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Civic Studies are waived for students who have earned associate of arts or associate of science degree from a regionally accredited institution. General Education requirements, except religious studies and any program specific requisite coursework, are waived for Teacher Education students who have earned an A.S.T. in Elementary Education from a regionally accredited institution.

General Education Curriculum (42 hours)

University Success Skills (2 hours)

  • OREN 105 Tusculum Experience

Communication (6 hours Composition and 3 hours Speech/Communication required)

  • ENGL 110 Composition I: Close Reading and Analysis or validation by ACT/SAT
  • ENGL 111 Composition II: Research and Rhetoric or ENGH 111 Composition and Rhetoric II (Honors)
  • COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 212 Team and Small Group Communication
  • COMM 220 Argumentation and Debate
  • SPCH 101 Public Speaking


  • See individual associate and baccalaureate program listings for General Education Mathematics requirements.

Arts and Humanities (6 hours – 3 hours must be in 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
  • 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
  • HUMA 222 Cultural and Literary Heritage of the West I
  • 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/BIOL 105L Introductory Biology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 110/BIOL 110L General Biology I and Laboratory
  • BIOL 120/BIOL 120L General Biology II and Laboratory
  • BIOL 251/BIOL 251L Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
  • BIOL 252/BIOL 252L Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
  • CHEM 101/CHEM 101L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 102/CHEM 102L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • EVSC 111/EVSC 111L Environmental Science and Laboratory
  • GEOL 101/GEOL 101L Physical Geology and Laboratory
  • NSCI 105/NSCI 105L Natural Science and Laboratory
  • PHYS 201/PHYS 201L General Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHYS 202/PHYS 202L General Physics II and Laboratory

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
  • BUSN 208 Macroeconomics & Microeconomics (6 hours in BSBA major)
  • CRJU 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • 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 207 Educational Psychology
  • PSYC 299 Special Topics in Psychology
  • SOCI 101 Principles and Social Institutions
  • SOCI 105 Contemporary Social Issues


  • 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 223 The Philosophy of Social Science Inquiry
  • CIVS 251 Citizenship and Social Change
  • POLS 110 American Government
  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS 230 State and Local Government

Total: 42 hours