General Education Requirements
To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of study including the general education requirements described below. The university recognizes the importance of the arts and sciences. Because Christ is the Lord of all, the arts and sciences belong to Him and should be brought into His service. Therefore, student scholars should gain broad exposure to the arts, history, language, literature (including biblical literature), music, philosophy, natural science, technology, mathematics, and social science. They should learn to think logically, analytically, creatively, ethically, convergently, and divergently. They should learn to write and express themselves well and be culturally literate. They should learn how to integrate Christian principles with other disciplines.
General education requirements at Colorado Christian University are organized under seven areas of study: history and social sciences, communication, arts and humanities, mathematics, scientific thought, integrative studies, and biblical studies. Studies in history and social sciences facilitate cultural literacy, historical thinking, sociological and political thinking and analysis, a world perspective and appreciation for other cultures and value systems, critical reading, and divergent thinking skills. Communication studies facilitate writing, speaking, critical reading, and listening skills. Studies in the arts and humanities enhance skills in critical and logical thinking, convergent and divergent thinking, critical reading, literary expression, and ethical analysis, enhance cultural literacy and appreciation for the fine and performing arts, and - with the integrative studies requirements - promote the integration of faith and learning. Studies in scientific thought stimulate scientific inquiry, thinking, and analysis. Studies in mathematics strengthen essential mathematical literacy and problem-solving skills.
English ACT and Critical Reading SAT scores will be used to determine student placement into the required English general education courses. Students with ACT or SAT scores below the CCU standard or those whose performance on placement or diagnostic examinations fail to meet specified university standards for admission into ENG 102 are required to enroll in ENG 102 BASIC. Students must pass these courses with a grade of C- or better in order to qualify for enrollment in ENG 104/BUS 104 or higher level English courses. In addition, English and mathematics placement examinations are required for first-time freshmen and transfer students with freshman standing who do not have an ACT or SAT score or transferable credit for these courses.
A grade of C- or better in ENG 102 is the prerequisite to enrollment in ENG 104 . As an advanced English composition and research methods course, ENG 105 fulfills the general education requirement for English by substituting for both ENG 102 and ENG 104 if a grade of C- or better is earned for the course at CCU. Students are invited to enroll in ENG 105 based on their performance on the English placement examination.
Bachelor’s degree students must complete the following minimum general education courses. Some courses in the list are prescribed for particular majors. To determine which alternatives to take, consult the notes after the list, the requirements for your major, and your academic advisor.