General Studies Core

General Studies Purpose

One of the purposes for higher education is the broadening and deepening of a person’s understanding of the world. Emmaus not only acknowledges this but embraces it since we subscribe to the view that “all truth is God’s truth.” Students at Emmaus Bible College are required, in addition to their major area of study, to participate in a program of general studies that is designed to provide the knowledge and learning experiences preparatory to the assumption of their role as productive, educated citizens.

General Studies Philosophy

Emmaus Bible College graduates should possess the general knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to successfully function in contemporary society. This is accomplished through foundational skills courses as well as coursework in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. The Emmaus faculty has established a General Studies core curriculum for all bachelor degree programs. The core is designed to support student achievement of the General Studies outcomes, and yet allow students, within program guidelines, to make personal, elective choices in their programs of study. Therefore, the college does not assert that there is a uniform set of course work that imparts a common set of knowledge to all students in all programs. Rather we subscribe to the position that, within the guidelines of each program, the General Studies core provides sufficient breadth and depth to allow graduates to acquire the characteristics of educated persons. A broad goal of the Emmaus General Studies program is to expose students to the arts and sciences and promote appreciation for their aesthetic worth and their role in shaping the worldviews and values of a culture. The Servant Leader Training (SLT) program, included in the general studies core, promotes student engagement and service to the community and the Church. SLT provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning in service of others through completion of 30 hours of service for each required unit.

The college requires general studies course work for academic programs at the following levels: certificate programs (3 credit minimum plus 2 units of SLT), associate degree programs (23 credit minimum plus 4 units of SLT), and bachelor degree programs (36 credit minimum plus 7-8 units of SLT). The college does not require a specific number of general studies credits for its continuing education certificates.

General Studies Outcomes

The General Studies program is planned and presented to assist bachelor degree graduates to:

  1. Write effectively with precision and detail to communicate the intended message.
  2. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles.
  3. Use current technology for educational and work-related purposes.
  4. Compose and deliver speeches which clearly and effectively communicate the intended message.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through integration of Christian theology and worldview with other academic disciplines.
  6. Identify informational needs, search effectively for resources, evaluate sources, and ethically integrate information to accomplish academic goals.

General Studies Core

The General Studies core requires the following coursework for bachelor degree programs:

FOUNDATIONS (11 CREDITS)

  • FND 101 Transitions Seminar
  • ENG 101 English Composition
  • CCS 120 Servant Leader Training (SLT) 7-8 units
  • COM 112 Fundamentals of Speech
  • CS 101 Fundamental Computer Literacy or CS 240 Educational Technology
  • FND 410 Senior Seminar

HUMANITIES (6 CREDITS)

  • ENG 102 Introduction to Literature or ENG 122 Introduction to World Literature
  • Humanities Elective (100-300 level courses in COM, ENG, ESL, FL, MUS, PHI, REL)

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 CREDITS)

  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
  • Social Science Elective (100-300 level courses in ARC, ECN, GEO, HIS, PSY, SOC)

NATURAL SCIENCE AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (7 CREDITS)

  • MAT 140 College Mathematics, MAT 162 Pre-Calculus, or MAT 270 Number Operations and Algebra in the Elementary School
  • SCI 241/242 Introduction to Human Biology and Lab or SCI 230/231 Introduction to Earth Science and Lab

GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES (6 CREDITS)

  • 100-300 level courses in ARC, COM, ECN, ENG, ESL, FLA, GEO, HIS, MAT, MUS, PHI, PSY, REL, SCI, SOC

Some or all electives may be designated in specific programs of study. See academic planners for additional detail.

The General Studies core requires the following coursework for associate degree programs:

FOUNDATIONS (10 CREDITS)

  • FND 101 Transitions Seminar
  • ENG 101 English Composition
  • CCS 120 Servant Leader Training (SLT) 4 units
  • COM 112 Fundamentals of Speech
  • CS 101 Fundamental Computer Literacy or CS 240 Educational Technology

HUMANITIES (3 CREDITS)

  • ENG 102 Introduction to Literature or ENG 122 Introduction to World Literature

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 CREDITS)

  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)

NATURAL SCIENCE AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (7 CREDITS)

  • SCI 241/242 Introduction to Human Biology and Lab or SCI 230/231 Introduction to Earth Science and Lab
  • Mathematics Elective

English Composition Requirement

Degree-seeking students must earn a minimum grade of C- in English Composition (ENG 101) to pass the course. Ordinarily, the course will be completed within the student’s initial 30 credit hours at Emmaus. Course withdrawal is rarely granted, and only when a formal request with written documentation of extreme hardship is provided to the VP/Dean for Academic Affairs.

Students with transfer, AP, or CLEP credits in English Composition who score below 80 on the English Accuplacer exam will be required to register for the Writing Seminar (1 credit) concurrently with their first writing intensive course.

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