Tusculum University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tusculum University.
The General Education Program at Tusculum University establishes and constitutes academic preparation that empowers students, regardless of their chosen major, with the breadth of knowledge, transferable skills, and strong sense of values necessary for responsible global citizenship and enlightened participation in their local communities.
The General Education Program at Tusculum University builds and enhances the foundational skills and content knowledge necessary for the academic success, career preparation, and personal development of an informed, engaged citizen, regardless of their chosen major. These skills include effective written and verbal communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning for problem solving, knowledge of self and diversity in their communities, and civic engagement by way of traditional instruction and service learning that extends beyond the classroom. The General Education Program equips students with the basis for lifelong learning vital for educated women and men in our society, and it supports the overall mission of Tusculum University by providing these pathways to success within a Judeo-Christian ethos and environment.
GENERAL EDUCATION DESIGN
Tusculum’s General Education Core Curriculum is designed:
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;
to incorporate innovative pedagogies that will develop students’ abilities as engaged learners in both the classroom and the community, and
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.
The University-wide General Education courses are listed in the Academic Catalog.
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 an associate of arts or associate of science degree from a regionally accredited institution. (A transfer course from the Social Science core listed below can be substituted to meet the Civic Studies requirement). 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.
All students must enroll in English composition, but the exact requirements will vary, based on a combination of the student’s ACT English subscore or SAT Verbal score or placement testing at the time of entrance to Tusculum University. (Adult and Online Studies students have the option of self-placement.) The average student should expect to enroll in ENGL 110 and ENGL 111. Students needing extra preparation in developing university-level writing skills will be required to enroll in ENGL 100. Students with exceptionally strong preparation may be able to elect ENGL 111. Prior completion of equivalent coursework at other accredited institutions will satisfy the composition requirement. Guidelines are presented in the Academic Catalog.
All students must enroll in mathematics, but the exact requirements will vary, based on placement testing at the time of entrance to Tusculum University. Students satisfy the General Education mathematics requirement by passing the mathematics course required in their major program of study. An equivalent or higher-level transfer math class will be accepted in lieu of placement testing.
Tusculum provides a unique service for entering transfer students called an Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP). It will list all the courses that are needed in order to graduate from Tusculum, while giving you an idea of the courses you will be taking each semester.