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Enduring Values General Education Program

For students enrolling Fall 2019 and later . . .

The Bluffton University Enduring Values General Education Program is at the core of the university curriculum and reflects the mission and values of the institution. The curriculum includes two main component areas:  

The Competencies provide for broad liberal arts learning while offering a great deal of flexibility.

Writing Well (3 hours)   
CMP 110 College English
CMP 120 Advanced College English
HON 110 Honors Seminar in Composition and Literature

Speaking and Listening (3hours)
COM 120 Communication for the Common Good
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication
COM 270 Religious Communication

Living Well (2-3 hours)
COM 242 Social Media
HFS 120 Team and Individual Sports 1
HFS 130 Team and Individual Sports 2
HFS 155 Adventures in Outdoor Education
HFS 205 Leadership
HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns
HFS 255 Competitive Strength Training
HFS 265 Personal Training and Exercise
NTR 105 Introduction to Foods
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition

Creative Expression (3 hours)
ART 204 Drawing
ART 214 Watercolor
ART 217 Ceramics 1
ART 225 Printmaking 1
ART 227 Printmaking 3: Silkscreen
EDU 288 Developmental Curriculum and the Art
ENG 202 Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry 
ENG 205 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
MUS 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 Applied Music
MUS 021, 022, 024, 035 Ensembles
THE 135 Introduction to Theatre
THE 136 Theatre for Social Change
THE 257 Performance Studies
THE 258 Acting

Reading the Bible (3 hours)
REL 100 Introduction to Biblical Worldview

Understanding self and society (3 hours)
COM 240 Media and Culture
COM 300 Gender and Communication
CRJ 180 Law, Justice and Society
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENG 312 Language Variation
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 162 Anthropology
SOC/SWK 185 Women in Society
SWK 120 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 141 Understanding Social Welfare

Exploring the Past (3 hours)
ART 327 Art History 1
ART 328 Art History 2
ENG 243 Studies in American Literature
HIS 200 Foundations of American Civilization
HIS 201 Contemporary America
HIS 210 World History 1

HIS 212 World History 2
HIS 252 Ohio and the Old Northwest
HIS 301 Studies in American History
HIS 302 Studies in European History
HIS 305 African-American History
HIS 312 European Women's History
HIS 320 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIS 325 The Great Depression and World War II
HIS 329 World War I and the Rise of Extremism
HIS 331 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
HIS 332 Cold War Germany and Europe
HIS 340 Regional/National Studies
HIS 345 Food: A History
HUM 221 Humanities 1*
HUM 222 Humanities 2*
MUS 321 Music History

Scientific Inquiry (3 hours)
BIO 105 Biological World
BIO 135 Botany
CEM 105 Experiential Chemistry
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry
PHY 105 Physical World
PHY 202 Astronomy
PHY 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Critical Analysis (3 hours)
BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology
BUS/PSY/SOC 284 General Statistics
EDU 283 Teaching Children to Read: Elementary Education
EDU 297 Teaching Children to Read: Middle Childhood
ENG 160 Approaches to Literature
ENG 240 Survey of American Literature
ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 256 Survey of English Literature part 1
ENG 257 Survey of English Literature part 2
ENG 271 English Grammar
MAT 135 Calculus 1
MAT 220 Discrete Mathematics
MUS 135 Introduction to Music
NRS 408 Current Trends and Issues in Nursing
NSC 106 Human Biology Today
NSC 107 The Science of Global Climate Change
NSC 109 Energy

Religious Understanding (3 hours)
REL 115 World Religions
REL 242 Spiritual Disciplines in the Life of the Church
REL 245 Spiritual Formation
REL 248 Principles of Youth Ministry
REL 250 Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 252 Introduction to the New Testament
REL 273 Christian Theology
REL 274 Christian Ethics
REL 275 History of Christianity
REL 276 War, Peace, and Nonviolence
REL 322 Methods of Biblical Interpretation
REL 334 Foundations in Christian Ministry
REL 359 Mennonite History and Thought

*Transitional course from the old to the new General Education curriculum. 
March 2019

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