General education is sometimes called a core curriculum, or general studies. It is that part of the college experience required of all graduates (although options may be permitted within certain programs) that gives them a common heritage and helps implement the distinctive university mission.
General education requirements total 54 semester hours. Certain lower- and upper-division courses in general education are required of all students. The specified courses and the options listed below provide knowledge and skills in support of cultural perspectives and major programs. Since some majors have specified certain of the options stated below, students should check the major requirements described for their selected majors. A single course may fulfill only one general education requirement. However, one course may be applied to general education, and/or multiple majors, and/or multiple minors.
All freshmen are expected to register for WRIT 110 College Writing (3) in the first year. Additionally, all first-semester freshman students who matriculate in the fall are required to enroll in GEED 130 First Year Seminar (1).
All new students with less than junior standing are expected to register for BIBL 100 Bible Survey (4), or BIBL 101 Literature of the Old Testament (3) and BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament (3), and other general education courses during the first year.
Transfer students should consult closely with their faculty advisors concerning their general education requirements. They will generally be expected to fulfill the requirements of the catalog under which they entered George Fox University. General education requirements, with the exception of Bible and RELI 300 - Christian Foundations, will be waived for students with an accepted Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT), Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree - Business (ASOTB), Direct Transfer Agreement - Associates Degree (DTA) from Washington, or any Associate of Arts degree from California that includes either the IGETC certificate or the CSU General Education - Breadth requirements.
General Education Requirements
Senior Capstone (3 hrs)
GEED 490 Liberal Arts and Critical Issues (3). This course is designed to encourage students to integrate their specialized knowledge and general education with Christian faith, in the context of addressing a public issue of current significance. The course explores how various disciplinary approaches to discerning truth may contribute to collaborative social action. Students will participate in groups to research the chosen public issue and formulate an action proposal. Individual students will be asked to formulate their own statement of faith, learning, and professional integration.
NOTE: This course is required for all transfer students, except for those with an accepted Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT), Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree - Business (ASOTB), Direct Transfer Agreement - Associates Degree (DTA) from Washington, or any Associate of Arts degree from California that includes either the IGETC certificate or the CSU General Education - Breadth requirements.
Bible and Religion (10 hours)
- BIBL 100 Bible Survey (4). Freshmen are required to take this course, or given a superior placement examination, a 3-hour lower-division Bible elective. Students may substitute BIBL 101 Literature of the Old Testament (3) and BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament (3). If substituted, both courses must be taken.
- RELI 300 Christian Foundations (3)
One of the following elective courses in Bible:
BIBL 240 Wisdom Literature (3)
BIBL 250 The Psalms (3)
BIBL 260 Life of Christ (3)
BIBL 290 Biblical Interpretation (3)
BIBL 310 Old Testament History (3)
BIBL 330 The Prophetic Writings (4)
BIBL 350 Writings of John (3)
BIBL 360 Women and the Bible (3)
BIBL 385 Selected Bible Topics (3)
BIBL 390 Biblical Basis for Peacemaking (3)
BIBL 411 Acts and the Pauline Epistles I (3)
BIBL 412 Acts and the Pauline Epistles II (3)
BIBL 480 General Epistles (3)
Students who are members of the Friends Church are required to substitute RELI 260 History and Doctrine of Friends (3).
Bible and Religion Requirements for Transfer Students (6-7 hours)
- Transfer students with fewer than 62 semester hours must fulfill the regular general education requirements as stated above.
- Transfer students with an accepted Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT), Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree - Business (ASOTB), Direct Transfer Agreement - Associates Degree (DTA) from Washington, or any Associate of Arts degree from California that includes either the IGETC certificate or the CSU General Education - Breadth requirements, and transfer students with 62 semester hours or more must fulfill the following:
- Take one of the introductory Bible classes:
BIBL 100 Bible Survey (4)
BIBL 101 Literature of the Old Testament (3)
BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament (3)
- Take RELI 300 Christian Foundations (3) (students who are members of the Friends Church may substitute RELI 260 History and Doctrine of Friends )
- Take one of the introductory Bible classes:
Communication (6 hours)
- WRIT 110 College Writing (3) (may be waived by a verbal SAT score of 670 or above)
- Choose one of the following:
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication (3)
THEA 100 Acting I - Fundamentals (3)
Health and Human Performance (3 hours)
- HHPA 120 Lifelong Fitness (2)
- One additional hour of physical education activity is required to complete the university's general education requirement. This requirement may be satisfied in the following ways:
- Human performance activity or adapted activity class (1).
- Up to one hour may be waived upon successful completion of proficiency tests in selected areas. A current Red Cross Lifeguarding or Water Safety Instruction certificate will waive 1 hour without further examination (the credit hour waived will be added to elective credits for the degree).
- One hour toward the 3-hour requirement may be earned on intercollegiate athletic teams. Only 1 hour in any one sport will count.
- Any professional activity class meets 1 hour of the requirement, by permission only (HHPE 221, 222, 223, 226, 228, 232).
- Military service may waive 1 hour (the credit hour waived will be added to elective credits for the degree).
Humanities (11 hours minimum)
Choose a minimum of 11 hours, taking four courses from the options listed below, including at least one course and no more than two courses from each of the following areas: fine arts, history, and literature.
In place of a fine arts course, a student may satisfy the fine arts general education requirement through participation in music ensembles. Please note that due to NASM accreditation rules, Music majors are not eligible for this general education substitution. To meet the requirement, a student must earn at least 3 credits total in approved ensembles, and must be enrolled in one or more ensembles each semester for six semesters (participation in more than one ensemble in any given semester still only counts as one semester for fulfillment of this requirement). A student may participate in different ensembles in different semesters.
Following completion of the six required semesters, the student must successfully complete a GE fine arts assessment with the Music Department. Responsibility lies with the student to request this assessment. The requirement is not complete until this successful assessment has been recorded on the student’s record.
Eligible ensembles are: Men’s or Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, and Chehalem Symphony Orchestra.
If a student chooses to take two courses in fine arts to fulfill the humanities general education requirement, one must be art and one must be music.
ARTS 111 Drawing (3)
ARTS 216 Art History Survey to 1450 (3)
ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 (3)
MUSI 100 Music Fundamentals (2)
MUSI 110 Understanding Jazz (2)
MUSI 120 The World of Music (2)
MUSI 210 Keyboard Literature (2)
Non-music major students may complete their GE fine arts requirement with a minimum of 3 credits and 6 semesters of the following ensembles, followed by a successful GE assessment with the Music department.
MUSA 125C/325C Concert Choir
MUSA 135B/335B Men's or Women's Chorale
MUSA 145B/345B Symphonic Band
MUSA 155/355 Chehalem Symphony Orchestra
HIST 110 Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
HIST 120 Western Civilization from 1648 (3)
HIST 151 United States to 1865 (3)
HIST 152 United States from 1865 (3)
LITR 100 Introduction to Literature (3)
LITR 220 Great American Writers (3)
LITR 236 Ancient World Literature (3)
LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern (3)
LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature (3)
LITR 240 Understanding Drama (3)
LITR 270 Great British Writers (3)
LITR 280 Literary Foundations of Women's Studies (3)
LITR 326 American Literature to 1865 (3)
LITR 327 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)
LITR 328 American Literature, 1914-Present (3)
LITR 376 British Literature to 1660 (3)
LITR 377 British Literature, 1660-1830 (3)
LITR 378 British Literature, 1830-Present (3)
LITR 379 Shakespeare (3)
Philosophy (choose a maximum of one course)
PHIL 150 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 180 Ethics (3)
PHIL 270 Philosophy of the Arts (3)
Sciences (15 hours minimum)
Choose a minimum of 15 hours from the options listed below. Students must choose one course from math, two courses from natural science, and two courses from social science.
Waiver of 3 hours of math requirement for an SAT score of 600 or above (the 3 credit hours waived will be added to elective credits for the degree)
CSIS 201 Introduction to Computer Science I (3)
CSIS 202 Introduction to Computer Science II (3)
MATH 150 The World of Mathematics (3)
MATH 180 College Algebra (3)
MATH 190 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)
MATH 260 Discrete Mathematics (3)
MATH 301 Calculus III (3)
BIOL 100 Foundations of Biology (3)
BIOL 211 General Biology I (4)
BIOL 212 General Biology II (4)
BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
CHEM 100 Chemistry of Life (3)
CHEM 110 Chemistry and Our Environment (3)
CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 152 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry II (4)
GSCI 120 Environmental Science (3)
GSCI 130 Fundamentals of Geology (3)
PHYS 150 Physics of Everyday Life (3)
PHYS 190 Astronomy (3)
PHYS 201 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 202 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 211 General Physics with Calculus I (4)
PHYS 212 General Physics with Calculus II (4)
ECON 201* Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202* Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
PSCI 150 Introduction to Political Science (3)
PSYC 150 General Psychology (3)
SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology (3)
*Students may select one, but not both, of these courses to fulfill general education requirements.
Global and Cultural Understanding (6 hours minimum)
Choose a minimum of 6 hours from the courses listed below. Students must take 3 hours from the Global Understanding section and 3 hours from either the Global Understanding or Cultural Understanding sections.
Cultural Understanding (Domestic)
GEED 355 Cross-Cultural Experience (Domestic) (3)
HIST 380 The African-American Experience (3)
SOCI 380 Race, Ethnicity, and Class (3)
COMM 220/420 Intercultural Communications (3) (This course may only be taken once to meet the Global Understanding requirement.)
COMM 410 Gender Communication Across Cultures (3)
ECON/SOCI 370 Global Political Economy (3)
ESLA 240 Adjunct Listening (3)
ESLA 250 Adjunct Reading (3)
ESLA 260 Academic Writing (5)
ESLA 280 Speech (3)
ESLA 281 Reading and Vocabulary for Academia (3)
ESLA 282 Writing and Research for Academia (5)
ESLA 283 Speech and Listening for Academia (3)
FCSC 310 Food, Culture, and Society (3)
FREN 102 Introductory French II (4)
FREN 201 Intermediate French I (4)
FREN 202 Intermediate French II (4)
FREN 301 Intermediate/Advanced French I (4)
FREN 302 Intermediate/Advanced French II (4)
GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience (International) (3)
GEOG/INTL 200 Cultural Geography and Global Relationships (3)
HIST 250 Latin America (3)
HIST 340 History of the Middle East (3)
HIST 343 History of Southern Africa (3)
HIST 360 Modern Russia (3)
HIST 370 Modern China and Japan (3)
JPNS 102 First-Year Japanese II (3)
JPNS 201 Second-Year Japanese I (3)
JPNS 202 Second-Year Japanese II (3)
*LITR 236 Ancient World Literature (3)
*LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern (3)
*LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature (3)
LITR 480 International Women's Voices (3)
MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures (2)
PSCI/INTL 230 Introduction to International Relations (3)
PSCI/INTL 303 International Conflict and Peace (3)
PSYC 353 Culture and Psychology (3)
RELI/INTL 330 Introduction to the World Christian Movement (3)
RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach (3)
RELI/INTL 440 World Religions (3)
SOCI/INTL 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
SPAN 102 Introductory Spanish II (4)
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
SPAN 210 Spanish for Medical Personnel (3)
SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish I (4)
SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II (4)
*The three LITR courses may count for the Humanities or for Global Understanding, but not for both.