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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts Core (LAC) for all bachelor degrees

The core curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates articulate capably a basic understanding of human history, culture and relationships, the arts, literature, mathematics and natural sciences, and to reflect upon these in terms of a Christian vision of life.

The Liberal Arts Core curriculum has been developed to implement the mission and vision of the University by fulfilling the following goals in the academic life of the students:

  1. Christian Worldview: Students will be able to articulate an understanding of the Christian vision of the world, along with the nature and destiny of humanity. 
  2. Communication: Students become skilled practitioners in the art and science of verbal and written communication and students will demonstrate knowledge of information technology and digital communication.  Students will show an understanding of intercultural communication through introductory knowledge of a foreign language and its cultural context.
  3. Culture, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Literature: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of Western culture and world civilization.  Students will explore the human condition through great works of literature and will be able to demonstrate knowledge of major literary movements in a given cultural context.  Through study of the Fine Arts students will demonstrate an understanding of the diverse ways in which the human experience is conceived and communicated through artistic form.
  4. Social and Behavioral Sciences: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of individual and human relationships in groups, communities, and societies through analysis and varieties of scientific examination.
  5. Mathematics and Natural Science: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the natural sciences, the empirical method, and mathematics.

All CSU students pursuing an undergraduate degree must satisfy the LAC requirements listed below. Some majors require specific and/or additional LAC courses. English 111  and 112 , and Mathematics 105  (or higher) must be completed within the first four major terms (fall and spring semesters, including transfer credit terms).

A student may attempt to earn a passing grade in these courses up to three (3) times (also see “Repeating a Course ,” in this catalog). A student who fails to earn a passing grade within three attempts of English 111 , 112 , and the required mathematics course will be ineligible to earn a degree from CSU, and may be classified as a nondegree-seeking student.

Christian Worldview (6 hours)

Christian Studies (6 hours)

Communication (12-18 hours)

Communication (3 hours)

Foreign Languages (3-9 hours)

Students will find the language requirement for their particular major listed in the catalog at the beginning of the degree requirements. Click on Programs of Study for additional information. Requirements vary by degree.

For traditional academic tracks, students are required to take (3-9 hours):

a) through Foreign Language (FL) 201 Intermediate I, (incorporating Spanish, French, or other languages offered; eg, SPAN 201, FREN 201) if a student starts with no advanced placement or places into 110, 120, or 201, earning a minimum of 3 hours but not to exceed 9 hours;


b) through FL 202 (Intermediate II) if the student places higher than FL 201.  If a student places higher than 202, the student has completed her/his required FL credit.  Note that this placement does not count toward the required 125 hours (may vary according to degree) required of all CSU students.


c) Through CHST 122 (Introd Hebrew II) or through CHST 132 (Elementary Koine Greek II).

For pre-professional tracks (3 hours):

Choose any one language class, from 110-202 depending on placement testing.

For Music majors (3 hours):

MUSI 241 meets this requirement.

For Speakers of Languages Other Than English (hours will vary):

Students designated as Non-Native English speakers (including but not limited to those required to have TOEFL scores) are subject to the following changes to LAC requirements for foreign languages:

a) Designated non-native English speaking students may not receive credit toward the core requirement in Foreign Language classes in their native languages (typically Spanish, but other courses are being offered by the university as well).   

b) These designated students may receive LAC credit for coursework in Foreign Language classes other than their native language.

c) Designated non-native English speaking students may replace the Foreign Language requirement with additional coursework beyond the current core requirement in English (ENGL 202, 203, 204), Art (Art 202), World Literature (WRLD 213), History (HIST 211 or 212) or Theater (THEA 211) classes.

d) The minimum number of credits for graduation remains the same.

Culture, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Literature (12 hours)

Mathematics and Natural Science (11 hours)

Mathematics (3 hours)

  • (3 hours) or higher (However, the following courses will not meet the LAC:  MATH 201, 202, 206, 207 and 320.)
  • Note: Review the appropriate section of this catalog to determine the minimum mathematics requirement for specific majors and minors.

Lab Sciences (8 hours)

8 hours, from any two areas listed; limit one science (4 hours, including lab) per category: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics

Total minimum LAC hours: 47 credit hours*

* Specific or additional LAC courses may be required for certain majors as described in the appropriate sections of this catalog. Please check your major and minor requirements.