General Education

General Education

Mission Statement

The Methodist University General Education Program provides a foundation for personal, professional, and civic success. The program is designed to develop competencies in the skills crucial to success while engaging students in the study of topics important to 21st century life.

General Education Goals

The Methodist University General Education Program produces graduates who demonstrate competence in the following skills:

  • Computer Usage
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Research
  • Written Communication

Students develop competence in these skills while studying the following topics:

  • Fine Arts
  • Global Perspective
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Wellness

While studying these topics, students will encounter material addressing cultural diversity, ethical reasoning, global interdependence, and environmental issues.

Passed by Faculty January 30, 2015

General Education Curriculum Requirements

These General Education requirements are from the 2019-20 Academic Catalogue. Students governed by General Education requirements from an earlier catalogue may find those requirements listed in the Academic Catalogue archives.

The Methodist University Experience

*MU Journey 1100, 0-2 s.h.
*MU Journey 2200, 0-1 s.h.
*MU Journey 3300, 0-1 s.h.
Interdisciplinary Studies 2100, 1 s.h.

Computer Competency

**Computer Science 1000 (or BUS 2250 for Reeves School of Business Majors ONLY) or demonstration of competence, 0-3 s.h.


***English 1010, 3 s.h.
English 1020 or 1040, 3 s.h.
****Applied Communication & Leadership 1500, 1510, 3540, or 3600 or demonstration of competence, 0-3 s.h.

Global Perspective Elective

Students choose 3 s.h. of the approved course list (see below) outside their major, minor, or concentration.


Any Literature course 2000 or higher except English 3610 or 3620, 3 s.h.
History, 3 s.h.
Religion, 3 s.h.

Fine Arts

Art History 1510, 2530, or 2540; Music 1510, 1520, 1600 or 1610; Theatre 1620 or 1630; or 3 hours in applied music/ensemble or theatre ensemble, 3 s.h.


Mathematics 1050 or higher, except MAT 1060 and MAT 2060, 3 s.h.

Natural Science

Two Lab Sciences from BIO, CHE, GLY, PHY, and SCI, 6-8 s.h.
Students will not receive General Education credit for both SCI 1410 and GLY 1600; SCI 1420 and BIO 1530; or SCI 1430 and CHE 1510.

Social Science

Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology, 3 s.h.


Wellness 1010 and either 2010 or 2350; or 2180 or Physical Education and Exercise Science 2900, 2-3 s.h.

Liberal Arts Elective

Students choose 3-4 s.h.outside their major, minor, or concentration from the fine arts, humanities, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, foreign languages, and/or social sciences.

**Library Competency
Core Semester Hours: 40-54

* Students who have 12 semester hours or more of transfer credit from a regionally accredited college or university before entering Methodist University are exempt from MUJ courses. Credit received by AP, IB, CLEP, DANTES, or Dual Enrollment is excluded from the above exemption.

** Must be satisfied before completing 60 semester hours or demonstration of competence.

*** English 1000 or 2070 as needed. Entry level is determined by scores attained on standardized ACT/SAT, high school English grades, and/or placement testing. Continual enrollment in composition courses is mandated until requirements are fulfilled.

**** Students who pass a competency test (administered on a pass/fail basis at no charge) for ACL 1510 and/or CSC 1000 will not be required to take the class for which a test is passed. Passing a competency test will not give a student a grade or the equivalent semester hours for taking the respective course(s), but will satisfy the respective general education ACL and/or CSC requirement(s). Students are permitted one single attempt to pass a CSC 1000 and/or ACL 1510 competency test.

Liberal Arts Electives

  1. The Liberal Arts Elective is one 3-4 s.h. course from the following areas designated as Liberal Arts in the catalogue: Fine Arts, Humanities (ENG, HIS, GEO, PHI, REL, or WRI), Mathematics (MAT), Computer Science (CSC), Natural Science (BIO, CHE, GLY, PHY, or SCI), Foreign Language (FRE, GER, GRK, SPA, or LAN), Social Science (ECO, PSC, PSY, or SOC), and WST 2000. Only the following courses are Liberal Arts Electives for Fine Arts: ARH 1510, 2530, 2540, 3530, 3540, MUS 1510, 1520, 1600, 1610, THE 1620, 1630, 3620, 3650, or 3 hours in applied music/ensemble.
  2. The Liberal Arts Elective may not be fulfilled by any course with a prefix within the department sponsoring a declared major, minor, or concentration of the student. For example, a computer science or computer information technology major must fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective requirement by taking a course with a prefix other than CSC, and an English major must fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective requirement by taking a course with a prefix other than ENG or WRI.
  3. Courses in areas listed above that emphasize professional preparation and pedagogy cannot be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective. The following courses are not Liberal Arts Electives: ENG 2600, ENG 3600, ENG 3620, LAN 2600, LAN 3300, MAT 1060, and MAT 2060.
  4. Developmental courses cannot be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective. The following courses are not Liberal Arts Electives: ENG 1000 and 2070; ESL 0910, 0920, 0960, 0970, 1210, 1220, and 2070; and MAT 1030.
  5. Courses that fulfill the General Education curriculum outside the Liberal Arts Elective may not be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective. The following courses are not Liberal Arts Electives: CSC 1000, ENG 1010, ENG 1020, and ENG 1040.
  6. Special Topics courses may not be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective.
  7. Courses considered to be capstone courses by any program may not be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Elective.

Global Perspective Elective Options

The Global Perspective Elective can be met by a taking a minimum of 3 s.h. from:

  • Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad (IDS 3550/4550)
  • International Internship
  • ACC 4620 International Accounting
  • ACL 3600 Intercultural Communication
  • ARH 2530 Survey of Art History I
  • BUS 3310 Fundamentals of International Business
  • BUS 3330 International Business Experience
  • BUS/LAW 4850 Special Topics: International Law
  • ECO 4200 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 4520 International Trade and Finance
  • ECO 4650 Economic Growth and Development
  • ENG 2110 English Literature I
  • ENG 2120 English Literature II
  • ENG 2310 World Literature I
  • ENG 2320 World Literature II
  • ENG 3420 Women's Literature
  • ENG 3440 American Diversity
  • ENG 3710 Chaucer
  • ENG 3730 Literature of Medieval England
  • ENG 3740 Shakespeare
  • ENG 3920 19th Century British Literature
  • ENG 4020 Modernist Literature
  • ENG 4030 Contemporary Literature
  • ENG 4850 Special Topics: Legal Dickens
  • ENG 4850 Special Topics: Wales & London
  • ENM 2510/LAW 2510 Caribbean Environmental Management and Law
  • ENP 3300 International Entrepreneurship
  • GEO 2520 Regional Geography
  • HIS 1030 World History I
  • HIS 1040 World History II
  • HIS 2150 Barbarian Invasions
  • HIS 2170 Race, Ethnicity, and Global Perspective
  • HIS 2200 History of World War II
  • HIS 3010 Modern Asian History
  • HIS 3050 Islam and the Islamic World
  • HIS 3250 Modern History
  • HIS 3310 Topics in Latin American History
  • HIS 3700 Contemporary World History
  • HIS 3850 Special Topics: Medieval Britain
  • HIS 4110 Modern Russia
  • LAN 3200 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LSS 2850 Special Topics in Leadership: Ultimate Journey
  • MKT 4100 Global Marketing
  • PSC 2270 Comparative Politics
  • PSC 3510 International Relations
  • PSC 4010 European Politics
  • PSC 4020 Middle East Politics
  • PSC 4040 Politics in East Asia
  • PSC 4050 Latin American Politics
  • PSC 4400 International Organizations
  • PSC 4510 International Political Economy
  • REL 1030 Introduction to Religion
  • REL 1040 Introduction to Biblical Literature*
  • REL 1070 Religion and Film
  • REL 1500 Eastern Religious Traditions
  • REL 1510 Western Religious Traditions
  • REL 2010 Survey of Hebrew Bible
  • REL 2020 Survey of New Testament
  • REL 3010 Hebrew Prophets*
  • REL 3020 Jesus and the Gospels
  • REL 3520 Modern Religious Thought*
  • REL 4030 Reading the Bible*
  • REL 4040 Myth and Culture
  • REL 4050 Early Christianity
  • REL 4060 Reformation Europe
  • SOC 2530 Global Social Problems
  • SOC 2560 Cultural Anthropology
  • THE 3110 Theatre History and Literature I
  • THE 3120 Theatre History and Literature II

* - no longer offered


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