General Education

At Southwestern Adventist University, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts education emphasizes preparing students with a broad academic background that enables them to contribute to society in multi-faceted ways.  Flexibility, adaptability, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to lifelong learning go beyond the confines of a specific discipline.  We believe that broad skills and connections across disciplines, including an emphasis on the distinctive beliefs and history of the Seventh-day Adventist church, foster the development of the whole person who will be a responsible citizen of this world and the world to come.

Educating the Whole Person

1. Spiritual and Physical Wellbeing. An education focused on the whole person requires a preparation of the mental and physical body for learning.  General Education in this area should focus on the theological and historical foundations of our faith with an emphasis on the SDA health message.

 

2.  Intellectual Curiosity and Inquiry. Learning utilizes discovery, synthesis, analysis, and problem solving, skills which must be intentionally embedded across the curriculum in ways that inspire lifelong learning and enable students to apply them to a variety of situations and environments.

 

3.  Clear and Effective Communication. The ability to communicate thoughts and ideas in a clear and effective manner facilitates the participation of an educated person in society.  This concept extends beyond traditional oral and written forms to encompass current modes of expression and their personal, moral and social implications.

Core Curriculum for an Associate in Science Degree

  1. English Composition     6 hours                                               

Courses in English composition will emphasize the practice of critical reading and effective writing.                           

       Select two courses          

  • ENGL 121              Freshman Composition
  • ENGL 220              Research Writing

 

  1. Mathematics    3 hours                                                                                                     

Courses in mathematics will emphasize quantitative and deductive reasoning, problem solving and logical thinking, organizational and systematic thinking, and the application of mathematics to various life situations.

                   Select one course        

  • MATH 110             College Algebra
  • MATH 121             Precalculus
  • MATH 131             Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 181             Calculus I
  • MATH 241             Intro to Probability & Statistics

 

  1. Whole-Person Wellness    1 hour

Courses in fitness activity will emphasize practical knowledge and practices that will promote life-long whole-person wellness

Select one course   

  • KINAxxx

 

  1. Humanities       3 hours

Courses in the humanities will emphasize a reflection on the human experience and human condition through literary texts and artistic forms.                                   

                   Select one course

  • ENGL 221, 222   World Masterpieces
  • ENGL 224            Survey of English Literature
  • ENGL 231, 232   American Literature I, II                                                                                          
  • ARTS 110            Survey of Art  (New)  
  • MUHL 221            Survey of Music
  • ENGL 272            Introduction to Drama

 

  1. Life and Physical Science     4 hours

Courses in science will emphasize understanding and application of everyday phenomena.  Laboratories will be discovery based and emphasize the development and testing of hypotheses, or they may expose students to observational experiences that enhance scientific understanding.

Select one course

  • BIOL 101 or 102                      Anatomy and Physiology I or II
  • BIOL 10?                                  Human Biology
  • BIOL 111 or 112                      General Biology I or II
  • BIOL 220                                  Microbiology and Immunology
  • BIOL 225                                  Field Biology
  • CHEM 105                                Survey of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111                                General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 101                                 Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 114                                 Physical Science
  • PHYS 121                                 General Physics I

 

  1. History and Social Science    3 hours

Courses in history and social science are designed to give students a broad understanding of the sweep of world historical, governmental, and cultural events.Through reading, lectures, discussions, and writing, these courses will enhance the critical abilities of students by providing tools and practice that are universal in application.Ultimately, students should be better able to understand contemporary events by grasping how historical, political, and cultural events have combined to create the world in which they live.

                   Select one course

  • HIST 111                         American History, 1492-1865
  • HIST 112                         American History, 1866 to Present
  • HIST 225                         World Civilizations I
  • HIST 226                         World Civilizations II
  • ECON 211                       Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212                       Microeconomics
  • PSYC 212                        General Psychology
  • PSYC 220                        Human Growth and Development
  • POLS 211                        National and Texas Constitutions
  • SOCI 111                         Introduction to Sociology

 

  1. Religion      6 hours                                        

Courses in biblical studies will introduce the student to practical methods of Bible study, critical evaluation of scholarship and interpretation, and the richness and depth of the biblical text. Courses in theology will engage the student in a systematic approach to biblical matters, will have students explore different perspectives and relevant issues, and guide students to formulate personal viewpoints and positions. Courses in historical studies trace the origin and development of the Bible, Christianity, Seventh-day Adventism, and other religions.

      Select two courses.    

  1. Biblical Studies

       RELB 211 Life and Teachings of Jesus

  1. Theological Studies

       RELT 101 Christian Beliefs

       RELT 212 Christian Ethics  

  1. Historical Studies

       RELH 230 History of the SDA Church

       RELH 233 Biblical Archaeology

Total: 26

 

 

CORE CURRICULUM FOR A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

I. English Composition

Courses in English composition will emphasize the practice of critical reading and effective writing.

Select two courses:     (6 hours)

  • ENGL 121              Freshman Composition
  • ENGL 220              Research Writing

II. Mathematics                                                                                                           

Courses in mathematics will emphasize quantitative and deductive reasoning, problem solving and logical thinking, organizational and systematic thinking, and the application of mathematics to various life situations.

Select one course:      (3 hours)

  • MATH 110             College Algebra
  • MATH 121             Precalculus
  • MATH 131             Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 181             Calculus I
  • MATH 241             Intro to Probability & Statistics
 

III. Whole-Person Wellness

Courses in fitness activity will emphasize practical knowledge and practices that will promote life-long whole-person wellness.

Select two courses:    (2 hours)                                    

  • KINAxxx
  • KINAxxx

IV. Humanities

Courses in the humanities will emphasize a reflection on the human experience and human condition through literary texts and artistic forms.

 

A. Literature

Select one course:       (3 hours)

  • ENGL 221, 222      World Masterpieces
  • ENGL 224              Survey of English Literature
  • ENGL 231, 232      American Literature I, II
  • ENGL 322              Literary Perspectives

B. Fine Arts

Select one course:        (3 hours)

  • ARTS 110               Survey of Art  (New)  
  • MUHL 221            Survey of Music
  • ENGL 272              Introduction to Drama
 

V. Life and Physical Science

Courses in science will emphasize understanding and application of everyday phenomena. Laboratories will be discovery based and emphasize the development and testing of hypotheses, or they may expose students to

observational experiences that enhance scientific understanding.

 

A. Life Science

Select one course:  (4 hours)                                                    

  • BIOL 101 or 102      Anatomy and Physiology I or II
  • BIOL 104 or 105      Human Biology I or II
  • BIOL 111 or 112      General Biology I or II
  • BIOL 220                  Microbiology and Immunology
  • BIOL 225                  Field Biology
  • BIOL 345                  Environment & Mankind

B. Physical Science                                                                                  

Select one course:   (4 hours)                                       

  • CHEM 105             Survey of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111             General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 101               Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 114               Physical Science
  • PHYS 121               General Physics I

VI. History and Social Science

Courses in history and social science are designed to give students a broad understanding of the sweep of world historical, governmental, and cultural events. Through reading, lectures, discussions, and writing, these courses will enhance the critical abilities of students by providing tools and practice that are universal in application.  Ultimately, students should be better able to understand contemporary events by grasping how historical, political, and cultural events have combined to create the world in which they live.

A. History                                                                                                       

Select two courses:      (6 hours)

  • HIST 111               American History, 1492-1865
  • HIST 112               American History, 1866 - Present
  • HIST 225               World Civilizations I
  • HIST 226               World Civilizations II

B. Social Science

Select one course:       (3 hours)

  • ECON 211              Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212              Microeconomics
  • PSYC 212               General Psychology
  • PSYC 220               Human Growth & Development
  • POLS 211               National and Texas Constitutions
  • SOCI 111                Introduction to Sociology
 

VII. Religion

Courses in biblical studies will introduce the student to practical methods of Bible study, critical evaluation of scholarship and interpretation, and the richness and depth of the biblical text. Courses in theology will engage the student in a systematic approach to biblical matters, will have students explore different perspectives and relevant issues, and guide students to formulate personal viewpoints and positions. Courses in historical studies trace the origin and development of the Bible, Christianity, Seventh-day Adventism, and other religions.

 

Select four courses:   (12 hours)

A maximum of 2 courses can be taken in any one area.

One course must be numbered 300 and above.

Transfer students from a non-SDA college must complete one course for each academic year in attendance, with a minimum of 2 courses (one in Biblical Studies).

A. Biblical Studies             

  • RELB 211                  Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • RELB 313                  Prophetic Studies
  • RELB 315 or 316      Old Testament I or II
  • RELB 339                  New Testament I:  Gospels
  • RELB 340                  New Testament II:  Letters

B. Theological Studies

  • RELT 101                   Christian Beliefs
  • RELT 212                  Christian Ethics
  • RELT 360                   Philosophy & the Christian                                                Worldview
  • RELT 419                   Philosophy of Science

C. Historical Studies

  • RELH 230                   History of the SDA Church
  • RELH 233                  Biblical Archaeology
  • RELH 314                  History of the Bible 
  • RELH 320                  Ellen White Writings
  • RELH 331 or 332      History of Christianity I or II

 

VIII. Competence in Computer Applications

Students completing a degree must be proficient in the use of general computer applications and important software in the field of the student’s major. Proficiency will be determined by the completion of a department-designated course or courses.

 

Possible Examples:

  • BIOL 280                Biology Research Statistics            
  • BUAD 270             Management Information Systems
  • EDUC 350              Educational Technology
  • CSIS 102, CSIS 104, CSIS 110

 

Academic Departments must submit prospective courses designed to meet the Computer Applications Competency to the General Education Committee for approval.  The Bulletin description of approved courses should include the statement “This course fulfills the Computer Competency requirement as specified in the Core Curriculum.”

 

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IX. Competence in Communication

Students completing a degree must be proficient in the application of the principles of effective oral communication including discussion techniques and public presentations. Proficiency will be determined by the completion of a department designated course or courses.

Possible Examples:

  • BIOL 380                Research Proposal Development
  • BIOL 481                Senior Thesis
  • COMM 111, COMM 113, COMM 115

Academic Departments must submit prospective courses designed to meet the Communication Competency to the General Education Committee for approval. The Bulletin description of approved courses should include the statement “This course fulfills the Communication Competency requirement as specified in the Core Curriculum.”

 

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Total GE Credit Hours: 46