General Education Requirements

Consistent with the best practices of the higher-education community, Gardner-Webb University’s General Education curriculum includes a series of broad and intensive learning experiences. These experiences have been carefully designed to meet a diverse set of learning goals, which in turn have been developed on the basis of the University’s mission and heritage. Specifically, the faculty has identified seven major learning goals as the intended outcomes of the General Education curriculum.

Certain majors may require specific General Education courses. While a course may fulfill a requirement in both the General Education curriculum and the major field of study, credit hours for the course can only be counted toward one or the other. Prescribed General Education courses, as identified by the specific major, are typically prerequisites or provide foundational knowledge for advanced courses in the major. Taking them to fulfill General Education requirements provides the most efficient way to progress toward the completion of the degree. Consult with the school/department of the major to determine specific guidelines for General Education course selection.

Students who complete their studies in a degree completion program will

  1. Demonstrate skill and competency in reasoning critically and creatively. Critical reasoning refers to the ability to evaluate arguments, evidence, and data that results in creative problem-solving. Appropriate use of information resources is an important component in the achievement of this goal;
  2. Utilize skills in clear and effective communication;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the foundational components of human civilization, including history, the social sciences, literature, languages, religion, the fine arts, and other areas of intellectual inquiry that sustain a free society. The General Education curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge of the Western tradition and the larger global community;
  4. Exhibit proficiency in quantitative and qualitative reasoning and analysis. Quantitative reasoning refers principally to the ability to apply mathematical skills and concepts to process quantifiable information and to analyze and model the world around us. Qualitative reasoning refers principally to the ability to evaluate deductive and inductive inferences in arguments particularly as they pertain to problems of behavior or meaning;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical and life sciences. Students will use the scientific method to develop conclusions based on quantifiable and verifiable attributes of the physical universe. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the life and physical sciences;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and principles of holistic wellness necessary for the development of personal health and wellbeing; and
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the biblical foundations of the Christian faith central to the mission and purpose of Gardner-Webb University.

Because of the Christian nature of Gardner-Webb’s identity and mission (see point seven above), it requires all bachelor’s-degree-seeking students, including transfers, to earn credit (whether at Gardner-Webb or another institution under transfer or transient credit policies) for REL 300 Introduction to the Old Testament and REL 301 Introduction to the New Testament. Therefore, these two courses are designated upper-division General Education Requirements.

The Online Degree Completion Program general education curriculum is divided into the following six fundamental dimensions of learning.

I. Dimensions of Humanities (10-13 hours)

Composition (6 hours)

ENG 101Composition I

3

ENG 102Composition II

3

All students accepted for admission to the Online Undergraduate Program must complete ENG 101 and ENG 102. Students who do not meet the requirement for English Composition must complete these courses no later than their second semester of enrollment.

Literature (3 hours)

Choose one of the following.
ENG 211British Literature Survey I

3

ENG 212British Literature Survey II

3

ENG 231American Literature Survey I

3

ENG 232American Literature Survey II

3

ENG 240Survey of Topics in Literature

3

ENG 251World Literature I

3

ENG 252World Literature II

3

Oral Communication (0-3 hours)

For students who have not met this competency through previous coursework, this requirement can be met by taking BAD 325, EDU 450, or BKE 440; no additional hours required if taken as part of major requirement.

Information Literacy (1 hour)

Students will be enrolled in one (1) Information Literacy course, according to their declared major in the Online Undergraduate program.

LIB 302- Information Literacy for Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management

LIB 303- Information Literacy for Education: Birth to Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Organizational Leadership, Professional Education

LIB 304 - Information Literacy for Nursing: RN to BSN

LIB 305 - Information Literacy for Service Professions: Christian Ministry, Human Services, Criminal Justice

LIB 301Information Literacy

1

LIB 302Information Literacy in Business

1

LIB 303Information Literacy in Education

1

LIB 304Information Literacy in Nursing

1

LIB 305Information Literacy for Service Professions

1

II. Dimensions of Faith (6 Hours)

Biblical Studies (6 hours)

REL 300Old Testament Survey

3

REL 301New Testament Survey

3

III. Dimensions of Heritage (6 Hours)

Choose two of the following. 

(At least one course transferred in or taken at Gardner-Webb must be a History course.)

Western Heritage

HIS 301Issues in Western Civilization, Pre-History to 1715

3

HIS 302Issues in Western Civilization, Since 1715

3

Global Heritage

SSC 305Global Understanding

3

American Heritage

HIS 319The United States in the Twentieth Century

3

PSC 302American Government

3

IV. Dimensions of Self (6 Hours)

Health and Physical Education (3 hours)

HPE 338Health Maintenance, Promotion, and Wellness

3

Aesthetics (3 hours)

Choose one of the following.
ART 307Art Survey

3

MUS 320Survey of Music

3

FRE 300Aspects of French Culture and Language

3

SPN 300Aspects of Hispanic Culture and Language

3

GER 300Aspects of German Culture and Language

3

V. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry (6 hours)

Choose two of the following.

Physical Science

SCI 302Physical Science

3

SCI 322Environment

3

Life Science

SCI 303Human Biology

3

Two standard college courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, etc., may be used to satisfy the requirements.

VI. Dimension of Quantitative Analysis (3 hours)

MTH 105Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability

3

English Composition Requirement Enrollment Policy

Online Undergraduate Program students who have not completed the English composition requirement (i.e., earned credit for ENG 101 or ENG 102/ENG 300 from an institution previously attended) must register for ENG 101 beginning with their first semester of enrollment at Gardner-Webb and remain enrolled in ENG 101 until they have earned a passing grade in this course. These students must then enroll in ENG 102 beginning in the semester immediately following their successful completion of ENG 101 and remain enrolled in ENG 102 until they have earned credit for this course. Students may not withdraw from ENG 101 or ENG 102 except in rare and extraordinary circumstances. The Chair of the English Department and the Associate Provost for Arts and Sciences must both approve any such extraordinary requests to withdraw from ENG 101 or ENG 102. Students who are withdrawing from all classes are not required to secure this permission but should communicate their intention to withdraw from the University to their success coach and/or faculty advisor before submitting the "Withdrawal Form" available in WebbConnect.