General Education classes

"The university is a fulcrum with which to move the world. — Charles Malik, Lebanese academic, diplomat and philosopher

General Education courses are those foundational classes required of all students at Southern Nazarene University. They are not "basics" to be "gotten out of the way." Such a set of standard classes goes by other names, including Core Curriculum and Shared Experience. They focus on coherent writing and other communication skills, basic number skills, how to creatively and safely interact with the natural world, who human beings are and how they interact with each other and with their Creator, and how people express themselves in culture.

The subjects taught in those courses range across the curriculum. They include the sciences, history, government, math, music, art, literature, and communication arts. Four of those courses (or 12 semester hours) are religion courses. Howard Culbertson taught sections of these three:

Professional Studies degree completion programs

External resources for classes

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus" -- Colossians 3:17

Do you want better grades?

pointing rightDo you want to improve your grades? Need instructions on a particular assignment? [ more ]

    -- Howard Culbertson,

Why do I have to take General Education courses that have nothing to do with my major?

General education classes at the university level encompass a broad spectrum of courses designed to provide students with a well-rounded education beyond their chosen major or area of study. These classes typically cover subjects such as mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

The primary goal of general education requirements is to cultivate critical thinking skills, promote cultural literacy, and foster a deeper understanding of the world. By exposing students to diverse disciplines, these classes encourage intellectual curiosity and help students develop a comprehensive knowledge base that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional endeavors. Additionally, general education classes often emphasize communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and ethical reasoning, preparing students to be engaged citizens and lifelong learners in an ever-changing global society.

You might also like these