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General Education Requirements



The College’s general education requirements represent a conviction on the part of faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively and relate to the world around them. While courses completed in a particular field of study develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen profession, general education courses not only enhance the awareness of the world and the people in it, but also foster an appreciation of the humanities and provide a basic understanding of mathematical and scientific principles. The basic competencies derived from general education provide a foundation for success in educational and career goals.     

General education courses provide the means by which students learn to think, describe, interpret and analyze the world. Their primary purpose is to educate, rather than train, and to instill a desire for life-long learning, as well as incorporate the Franciscan values of service, reverence and love for all life, joyfulness of spirit, humility and justice.

Our Lady of the Lake College graduates will demonstrate these learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate effective and appropriate written, oral and non-verbal communication skills in interactions with a variety of populations, using a variety of methods.
  2. Demonstrate basic information literacy skills, the ability to use deductive and inductive reasoning, and the ability to use technology for conducting research and composing.
  3. Demonstrate ability to read effectively different kinds of texts from different disciplines.
  4. Understand and apply methods of scientific inquiry.
  5. Use scientific literacy to make informed decisions about current social issues and develop strategies to address those issues.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology and concepts used in at least one scientific discipline (Associate-level) or multiple scientific disciplines (Baccalaureate-level).
  7. Use foundational mathematical concepts that represent the base for subsequent courses in mathematics and their chosen field.
  8. Represent and interpret information using mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, and tables and draw inferences from them.
  9. Apply mathematical solutions to real-world problems.
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope of human and cultural diversity and recognize diverse perspectives.
  11. Demonstrate the capacity for introspection and self-assessment, which leads to change from self-centered thinking to social responsibility.
  12. Apply the values from the College mission, which embodies Franciscan values, in service to various communities.

To fulfill the general education requirements, students must complete a specific number of credit hours as prescribed below:

  1. Students completing an associate degree must complete 19 credit hours of coursework, including one service learning project.
  2. Students completing a baccalaureate degree must complete 44 credit hours of coursework, including two service learning projects.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements 


ACSM (1 credit hour)


ACSM 1110

ENGL (6 credit hours)

ENGL 1310
ENGL 1311

Behavioral/Social Sciences (3 credit hours)

PSYC 1310

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

MATH 1315

*Sciences (3 credit hours) 
(Choose one course from)

BIOL
CHEM
PHYS
PHSC

**Religious Studies (3 credit hours, service learning)

RELS 1310, SL

*Some programs designate a specific science class for this requirement. A student should consult with his/her advisor before enrolling.
**Service Learning is an intrinsic component of selected courses in the major curriculum (including RELS 1310). Through Service Learning, students reinforce their learning and address needs in the community by applying course sontent and reflecting about their experiences. Students enrolled in service-learning courses complete a minimum of four service hours in the community as determined by the course. Courses with a Service Learning (SL) component are identified in the course schedule.

 Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements 

ACSM (1 credit hour)

ACSM 1110

English (6 credit hours)

ENGL 1310
ENGL 1311

Communication  (3 credit hours)

SPCH 1310

Behavioral/Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
(Choose 3 courses )

ANTH
PSYC
SOCI
CIVICS

Humanities (6 credit hours)
(3 credit hours of History and 3 additional credit hours chosen from the following disciplines)

ART
ENGL
HIST
LING
MUSI
PHIL
RELS

Mathematics (6 credit hours)

MATH  1315
MATH 2315

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

PHIL 2315
PHIL 2320

*Sciences (7 credit hours)
(Choose 2 courses, one with corresponding lab)

BIOL
CHEM
PHYS
PHSC

**Religious Studies (3 credit hours, service learning)

RELS 1310, SL

*Some programs designate a specific science course for this requirement.  Students should consult with their advisors before enrolling.
**Service Learning is an intrinsic component of selected courses in the major curriculum (including RELS 1310). Through Service Learning, students reinforce their learning and address needs in the community by applying course sontent and reflecting about their experiences. Students enrolled in service-learning courses complete a minimum of four service hours in the community as determined by the course. Courses with a Service Learning (SL) component are identified in the course schedule.

Transfer of General Education Credits

Completing the general education requirements at an accredited college or university will satisfy the College’s general education requirements. Particular programs may require additional arts and sciences courses.