General Education

General education, or what at George Fox we refer to as the liberal arts core, is that part of the undergraduate college curriculum required of all graduates which gives them a common experience and helps implement the distinctive university mission. Rather than being just a collection of “extra” courses, the liberal arts core is a coherent, sequential program designed by faculty to help students cultivate knowledge, develop skills, and foster dispositions that will help them become integrative, Christ-centered lifelong learners.

At George Fox, five themes are woven throughout the coursework in the liberal arts core: Communication, Collaboration, Critique, Care and Christ. These themes are introduced, reinforced and practiced through the following coursework.

General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts and the Christian Life (15-18 hrs)

LIBA 100 Knowing and Being Known (3)
LIBA 400 Engaging Christ in Transition (3)
BIBL 100 Bible Survey (3) - 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 History and Theology of Christianity (3)

One additional BIBL/RELI course from the following options:
BIBL 215 Biblical Studies (3)
BIBL 315 Contemporary Issues in Biblical Studies (3)
RELI 215 Topics and Themes in Religion and Theology (3)
RELI 260 History and Doctrine of Friends (3) (Required of all students receiving the Friends Scholarship)

Essential Skills (5-12 hours)

College Writing Competency (0-3)

  • Students must fulfill the college writing competency milestone by submitting a proficient writing portfolio and passing a timed writing assessment. The following are ways students can successfully fulfill the writing competency requirements.
  • Students enrolled in LIBA 100 have a chance to fulfill both of these requirements through enrollment in Writing Lab instruction during their first semester.
  • Students unable to complete the writing portfolio requirement during their enrollment in LIBA 100 must take and pass WRIT 111 (3) to satisfy their portfolio requirement. They must also separately pass the timed writing assessment (administered by the Writing Lab) to complete the writing competency milestone.
  • Students unable to pass the timed writing assessment during their enrollment in LIBA 100 will be required to strengthen their writing through a writing improvement plan designed by the Writing Lab until they can pass the timed writing assessment.
  • For transfer students who have LIBA 100 waived, a college-level writing course (equivalent to WRIT 110 College Writing) completed at a previous institution will satisfy the writing portfolio requirement. If they have not taken a writing course, they must enroll in and pass WRIT 111 to satisfy the writing portfolio requirement. Transfer students must also pass the timed writing assessment through the Writing Lab in order to satisfy the college writing competency milestone.
  • Students transferring to George Fox with an approved transfer degree have their college writing competency satisfied through their transfer degree. For a list of approved transfer degrees please visit our Transfer Credit page.

Communications (3)

COMM 100 Introduction to Communication (3)

Health and Human Performance (2)

HHPA 120 Lifelong Fitness (2)

Mathematics (0-4)

The math requirement is waived for students entering with a SAT math score of 600 or above (if test was taken prior to March 2016) or a SAT math score of 620 or above (test taken March 2016 or later) or an ACT score of 28 or above.
Other students meet the requirement by successfully completing one of the following classes:

MATH 150 The World of Mathematics (3)
MATH 180 College Algebra (3)
MATH 190 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
MATH 201 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II (4) )
CSIS 201 Introduction to Computer Science (3)


Broad, Integrative Learning (16-24 hours )

In addition to these areas and skills which form a foundation for vocation and lifelong learning, a broadly-educated person will have experience in a breadth of domains of knowledge and inquiry. At George Fox, we offer students a choice of how to gain that critical breadth. The first option offers faculty as guides in the process of learning through integrative courses. The second option gives students more choice and flexibility but requires slightly more coursework and leaves the integrative component of the learning up to the students themselves.

Philosophy and Literature (3-6 hours)

HUMA 205 Philosophy and Literature  (3)


Alternate Option: If students choose the alternate option they must complete one literature course and one philosophy course from the following course options.


LITR 236 Ancient World Literature (3)
LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern (3)
LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature (3)


PHIL 150 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 180 Ethics (3)
PHIL 270 Philosophy of the Arts (3)

Fine Arts (3-6 hours)

HUMA 290 Art, Beauty, and Truth (3)1

1In place of this course, students may satisfy 3 credits of general education requirements 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 four 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 four 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 George Fox University Symphony Orchestra.


Alternate Option: If students choose the alternate option they must complete two courses in two different disciplines from the following course options.


ARTS 111 Drawing (3)
ARTS 216 Art History Survey to 1450 (3)
ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 (3)


THEA 100 Acting 1 Fundamentals (3)
THEA 130 Stagecraft (3)


MUSI 100 Music Fundamentals (2)
MUSI 110 Understanding Jazz (2)
MUSI 120 The World of Music (2)

History and Social Science (6 hours)

Choose one course from the list of approved courses in History, Political Science, and International Studies AND one course from the list of approved courses in Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.

History, Politics, and International Studies

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)
INTL/PSCI 230 Introduction to International Affairs (3)
PSCI 150 Introduction to Political Science (3)
SSCI 205 (HPI) Social Scientific Perspectives (3)

Economics, Psychology, and Sociology

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
PSYC 150 General Psychology (3)
SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology (3)
SSCI 205 (EPS) Social Scientific Perspectives (3)

An SSCI 205 Social Scientific Perspectives course may be counted for either the HIST/PSCI/INTL (HPI) requirement or the ECON/PSYC/SOCI (EPS) requirement, with the disciplines being integrated in the course determining which requirement may be met by the course.

a. If an SSCI 205 course integrates two disciplines from HIST, PSCI, and INTL, then the course will only satisfy the HPI requirement.
b. If the course integrates two disciplines from ECON, PSYC, and SOCI, then the EPS requirement will be met.
c. If an SSCI 205 course integrates disciplines across the two lists (e.g. HIST and ECON), the class may be applied to either (but only one) requirement.
d. A student may take two SSCI 205 courses to complete the History and Social Sciences requirement as long as one course contains an HPI discipline and the other contains an EPS discipline.

Natural Science (4 hours)

Choose one course from the approved list in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, or Physics.

Natural Science

BIOL 100 Foundations of Biology (4)
BIOL 120 Environmental Science (4)
BIOL 211 General Biology I (4)
CHEM 100 Chemistry of Life (4)
CHEM 110 Chemistry and Our Environment (4)
CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (4)
PHYS 150 Physics of Everyday Life (4)
PHYS 190 Astronomy (4)
PHYS 201 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 211 General Physics with Calculus I (4)

Intercultural Experience (0-4 hours)

Students are required to complete and document a significant interaction with a culture different from their own by the time of their graduation. Most students will complete this requirement by participating in a university-sponsored experience such as Juniors Abroad, May Serve or Study Abroad or by taking a course from the approved list below.


GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience International (3) [Juniors Abroad]
ARTS 355 Topics in Art History: Native American Art (3)
COMM/INTL 220/420 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 410 Gender Communication Across Cultures (3)
FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, or 302 (all are 4 credits)
HIST 250 Latin America (3)
HIST 340 Modern Middle East (3)
HIST 343 History of South Africa (3)
HIST 360 Modern Russia (3)
HIST 380 African-American Experience in the United States (3)
INTL/RELI 440 World Religions (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)
MAND 101 or 102 (both are 3 credits)
MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures (2)
PSYC 353 Culture and Psychology (3)
SOCI 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity (3)
SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, or 302 (all are 4 credits)
SPAN 210 Spanish for Medical Personnel (3)
SPAN 303 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (4)

* These courses may be taken for Humanities credit or Intercultural credit, but one course cannot be counted for both requirements.
** Alternatively, students may choose to design their own intercultural experience. For example, a student may participate in a short-term cultural immersion trip or a longer-term interaction in a local, but culturally-different community. If the intercultural experience does not have academic credit attached to it, it must be approved in advance by the Center for Study Abroad no later than the first week of the student’s senior year, and must be completed by the time of graduation. Past experiences are not eligible options to meet this requirement. Please contact the Center for Study Abroad for specific requirements to be eligible for this option, as well as requirements to meet approved intercultural experiences.